10/09/07

Würth opens museum for contemporary art in Agoncillo (La Rioja, Spain)

Künzelsau/Agoncillo. Würth España S.A., the Spanish Würth company and market leader in the trade with assembly and connecting material in Spain, celebrated the official inauguration of a museum of contemporary art in Agoncillo (La Rioja, Spain) last Friday. “Würth Museo La Rioja” opened its doors to visitors on Sunday, 9 September 2007, with the exhibition "Human Figure and Abstraction". Admission is free.

The celebration was attended by Prof. Dr. h. c. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, Bettina Würth, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group, Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Central Managing Board of the Würth Group as well as Juan Ramírez, Managing Director of Würth España S.A. and Executive Vice President of the Würth Group. José Antonio Pascual, Mayor of Agoncillo, and Pedro Sanz, Head of the Government of La Rioja, also participated in the festive event. Several artists whose works are shown at the current exhibition were also present in Agoncillo that day.

The Würth Museo La Rioja is dedicated to the international contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. Works from the German Würth Collection of Contemporary Art, which is said to be one of the most important European art collections, are exhibited in the new buildings. The Spanish Würth collection focuses above all on the striving Spanish art.

The German Würth Collection was initiated in the 1960s and meanwhile comprises 10,000 works of art. At the suggestion of Professor Reinhold Würth the works of the Würth Collection are mainly exhibited at “Museum Würth”, located at the headquarters of the Würth Group in Künzelsau, as well as at “Kunsthalle Würth” in Schwäbisch Hall (since 2001).

Within the framework of the opening exhibition of Museo Würth La Rioja the Würth Collection is represented with works of art of 54 artists – 13 Spanish and 41 international artists – and shows works of international contemporary art of renowned artists like Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Robert Jacobsen, Jean Arp, Tony Cragg, Barbara Hepworth and Markus Lüpertz.

The art collection of Würth Spain also comprises works of avant-garde artists such as Richard Deacon, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Koldobika Jauregui, Darío Urzay, Xavier Mascaró, Jorge Perianes and Blanca Muñoz as well as of Miquel Navarro, creator of the monumental sculpture "Libro de Calibres“ that has become the symbol of the museum. Due to its size and location the sculpture is visible at long range.

Complex with integrated museum for contemporary art

The construction works for the complex of buildings in Agoncillo started with the foundation ceremony on 8 May 2003. On 7 September 2005, the distribution center was inaugurated and on 16 March 2007 the company building that also houses Museo Würth La Rioja. The opening of Museo Würth La Rioja is the culmination of the ambitious project.

Museo Würth La Rioja covers the major part of the overall building area of 8,000m². The building houses further institutions such as the headquarters of Würth España S.A. for the north of Spain and a large event hall.

The Würth complex in Agoncillo furthermore comprises a highly modern distribution center that makes it possible to immediately supply customers in 23 provinces in the north of Spain with Würth products. The logistics center was awarded a national prize of the Club Dirigentes de la Logística (Association of Logistics Managers) in 2006. Würth España S.A. spent about EUR 25 million for the construction of the buildings the direction of which was mainly in the hands of Ingeniería Torrella.

The company has two further company locations, one in Palau-solità i Plegamans (Barcelona), that serves the Mediterranean area, and another one in Seseña Nuevo (Toledo) for Central Spain and the south of the Spanish peninsula.

The Würth Group – market leader in direct selling to craftsmen

The parent company of the Würth Group, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, was founded by Adolf Würth in Künzelsau, a town in Baden-Württemberg, in 1945. After the early death of his father in 1954, Reinhold Würth, today’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, took over the company. He turned the former screw trade with annual sales of EUR 80,000 into a group of companies that generated a sales volume of EUR 7.75 billion in the business year 2006. At the moment, the Würth Group is operating worldwide with 380 companies in 85 countries. The core business of the Würth Group consists in the worldwide trade with connecting- and assembly materials such as screws, screw accessories, anchors, tools or chemical products.

The Spanish subsidiary, Würth España S.A., is market leader in this line of business in Spain and supplies about 300,000 customers from the most different fields of work and trades. In 2007, the company celebrates its 30th anniversary.