- Alexandra Blanc
Reviewing GRAPHIC ARTS IN DIALOGUE!
The first of Graphic arts in dialogue! workshop took place in Rome on 21-24 June 2017. It was dedicated to graphic art techniques, addressing both how we identify different techniques in modern collections and the history of their use up to and including the very latest printing processes. Particular attention was paid to the dialogue between tradition and innovation in the creation of expressive graphic languages, and to the creators and consumers of theses languages.
Over the four days of the workshop, we organised a series of different sessions including seminars, collection visits, practical demonstrations, and a round table discussion. We visited many prestigious institutions such as:
AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME
BIBLIOTECA DELL'ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DEI LINCEI E CORSINIANA
ISTITUTO CENTRALE PER LA GRAFICA
STAMPERIA DEL TEVERE
30 enthusiastic scholars, curators, conservators, students, etc. from 11 different countries in Europe + the United States participated to the workshop and strongly contributed to the friendly atmosphere of the group! It was then a fruitful opportunity not only to discover the Roman graphic collections but also to meet new colleagues.
DAY 1 - We visited the Library of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Corsiniana and learnt about the formation and the history of this prestigious Library as well as the multifaceted nature of its graphic collections. In the afternoon, Ad Stijnman held a fascinating seminar about identifying printmaking techniques from a selection of the holdings of the Istituto centrale per la grafica.