14/10/08

The Charitable Würth Trust and Robert Bosch Foundation present dictionary to Icelandic president

Reykjavík. With the presentation of the German-Icelandic dictionary to the Icelandic president, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, a joint promotion project of the Charitable Würth Trust and the Robert Bosch Foundation came to an end on Saturday, 11 October.

Within the framework of the festive opening of an exhibition showing works of the Würth Collection in the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík, Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, and Frank W. Albers, Project Manager Art and Culture of the Robert Bosch Foundation, presented the dictionary to the Icelandic president. Already within the framework of the soccer World Cup in June 2006, the two charitable foundations had drawn the attention of the public to the pending publication of the dictionary by touring through Iceland with the so-called “Deutschmobil”.

The promotion project was launched in 2003 on the initiative of Reinhold Würth in his former function as shareholder and member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Foundation. The Robert Bosch Foundation spearheaded the project. Financial support was also provided by the Charitable Würth Trust.

In Iceland, the German faculty and the Lexographic Institute of the University of Iceland had participated in the production of the dictionary in a consulting function. In Germany, PONS publishing house was in charge of the reference work that is intended to appear in the market at the beginning of 2009. In Iceland, OPNA Publishers hold the rights to the dictionary that is going to be sold there from the middle of November 2008 on.

“The direct predecessors of this dictionary are 20 or – as far as the translation from German into Icelandic is concerned – even 60 years old. Therefore, we are pleased to have been able to promote this project together with the Robert Bosch Foundation and to have the privilege of presenting it to the president today”, said Reinhold Würth at the opening on Saturday.

Charitable Würth Trust

The Charitable Würth Trust was initiated by Reinhold and Carmen Würth in 1987. It supports a myriad projects from the field of arts and culture, research and science as well as training and education. Currently, the trust capital amounts to EUR 4.1 million.

The Charitable Würth Trust develops own activities and additionally promotes projects of other institutions with focus on the Hohenlohe Region (Baden-Württemberg).

About three years ago, the Competence Center Economic Education Baden Württemberg was established under the roof of the Charitable Würth trust, the aim of which is to bring schools closer to economic topics. The competence center presents a Würth Education Award every year.

Furthermore, the Charitable Würth Trust sponsors Freie Schule Anne Sophie that was established in Künzelsau in 2006. The school is a private school with all-day care that is officially recognized and offers classes for all grades – from pre-school to school-leaving exam. The school has its own educational concept.

The Foundation for the Promotion of the Reinhold Würth Hochschule as part of Heilbronn University that is administered by the Charitable Würth Trust is dedicated to the promotion of research and education of the college. It disposes of a volume of EUR 500,000 per year.

Particularly important projects of other institutions that have been promoted regularly are Hohenloher Kultursommer as well as the international violin competition which is held every two years by Kulturstiftung Hohenlohe (Cultural Foundation Hohenlohe) and the work of the historical association for Württemberg-Franconia.

At the moment, the Charitable Würth Trust awards the following prizes:

Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland
Robert Jacobsen Prize
Würth Education Prize

Robert Bosch Foundation

The Robert Bosch Foundation is one of the big corporate foundations in Germany. It holds 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH. It was established in 1964 and continues the charitable efforts of the company founder and donator Robert Bosch (1861-1942).

The foundation focused its work on the fields of science, health, international relations, education, society, and culture The foundation maintains the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch hospital), the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, and the Institute for the History of Medicine.

Between 1964 and 2007, the foundation has made available approximately 840 million euros for projects.

In 2007, approximately 58.9 million euros were spent on project funding.

Information on the exhibition “Love at First Sight” of the Würth Collection at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík (11.10.2008 – 18.01.2009)

After its first station in the Würth Museum in Künzelsau, the exhibition “Love at First Sight” is now on display in the Art Museum of Reykjavík. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Würth Iceland, this successful exhibition of newly acquired works of art is presented at the National Gallery of Iceland.

A selection of 46 paintings, graphics and sculptures represents the works newly acquired between 2004 and 2006, which the art collector and entrepreneur Reinhold Würth discovered for his corporate collection.

Art historian and critic Werner Spies composed this cross-section of the field of tension of Modern Art in close cooperation with the Museum Würth. The point of departure is formed by impressionists such as Camille Pissarro and Max Liebermann, whose art with its new fleeting nature ushers in the revolution of Modern Art. The exhibition spans a wide range of art from representatives of expressionism such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner over outstanding artist personalities such as Max Beckmann and Edvard Munch to surrealists and the art after 1945. This is the focus of the exhibition. Works from the post-war period till today grant an insight into the art development on an international level. Willi Baumeister, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Günther Uecker, Jesús Rafael Soto, Christo und Jeanne-Claude, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer as well as sculptures by Stephan Balkenhol, Antony Gormley and Bernar Venet promise to reveal the most diverse access points and positions of this era.