17.07. – 01.11.2010

»… just paper, and yet the whole world …«

The Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Celebrates its 200th Anniversary

By the Old Masters from Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer and Hans Burgkmair to Rembrandt; the great Italians Raphael, Giambattista Tiepolo and Giovanni Battista Piranesi; the German Romanticists Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge; the Frenchmen Eugène Delacroix and Auguste Rodin as book illustrators; representatives of Classical Modern art such as Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann; the Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Dix; Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as exponents of Pop Art; and contemporary artists from Patti Smith – the iconic figure of the Punk and New Wave movement – to Tomma Abts and Tacita Dean.

In a selection of some three hundred outstanding works, paper-based art will be featured in all its various media: drawings, watercolours, prints, illustrated books, posters, collages, photographs and video art on the theme of paper. Various surprises are in store for the visitor, for example the sketchy pencil drawing of a small running Amor by Caspar David Friedrich (1806) or the curious crumpled-paper work n° 88 by Martin Creed (1995).

The continual expansion of its holdings is essential to the Department of Printsb and Drawings Under the heading "Wish List" , one entire room in the show will accordingly be devoted to works deemed desirable for enhancing the collection in the area of contemporary art: loans will be presented here with the aim of acquiring them for the department in cooperation with dedicated patrons.

In conjunction with the exhibition a catalogue (308 pages, 250 illustrations, in German) has been published.

Curators: Dr. Corinna Höper, Dr. Hans-Martin Kaulbach, Alice Koegel
Assistant curators: Dr. des. Vera Klewitz, Dr. des. Dagmar Schmengler

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