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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Born on this day: Maurice de Vlaminck (1876)


Today it's an important one for museums in Vevey (CH), as tonight they will all celebrate the Fête des Vignerons with a vernissage: at 8PM, the Musée Jenisch Vevey will open its doors to the public with two new exhibitions: Oskar Kokoschka - Une Arcadie rêvée and Friends, etc. La Collection Pierre Keller (both until 11 August). Collateral events have been organised to accompany these two exhibitions, check them out!

On April 5 a new exhibition opens at the Museum Plantin Moretus in Antwerp: De grotesken - even fascinerende fantasiewereld (The Grotesques - fantasy embodied). Dedicated to grotesque art, the display will present works by several artists from Sixteenth century to present, including Bosch, Bruegel, Ensor. Until September 15!

Next to the exhibition Prints in the Age of Bruegel, The Bozar/Centre for fine arts in Bruxelles is presenting an exhibition on Bernard van Orley, a fundamental figure for the Renaissance in the Low Countries. This is the first major monographic exhibition devoted to this 16th century artist and works lent from institutions all over the world will be display: next to paintings and tapestries, several drawings are included in the exhibition. Many collateral events have been scheduled, check them out here!

REMINDER --> The third edition of the Studienkurs zu Theorie und Praxis der Zeichnung is organised this year between 29 July and 2 August. Directed by Sebastian Schütze, the summer school is hosted by the Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the Universität Wien and the Albertina, supported by the Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung. Send your application by 28 April, see all details here!


Stefano Boeri Architetti © Paolo Rosselli

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan has just opened to the public the new arrangement of the famous cartone preparatorio for the School of Athens by Raphael, that belongs to the Pinacoteca since XVII century. After a long restoration intervention (see here some pictures), the cartone is now hosted in a brand new space designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti (see a presentation video here). On April 6, anniversary of Raphael's death, the museum will be open free of charge to share with the city Il Raffaello dell’Ambrosiana. In Principio il Cartone.

The Louvre has a fragment of one of the cartoni prepared by Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni for the frescoes of the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican, a commission that they took over after Raphael's death in 1520. The fragment came to the museum in 1802 and is now being restored: the project is presented at the Auditorium du Louvre on 10 April, 12.30, by Dominique Cordellier (Conservateur général du patrimonie at the department of graphic art at the Louvre) and Valentine Dubard (in charge of the restoration atelier at the same department).


The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has acquired a total of 91 prints by Camille Pissarro coming from the Samuel Josefowitz Collection. This collection is very special because all of Pissarro’s techniques are represented, including three unique monotypes, and also because Pissarro's prints are very rare (he never printed many copies). 42 of the acquired prints will be on display until May 26 in a special presentation in the print cabinet in the Exhibition Wing of the museum!

Camille Pissarro, The Old Cottage, 1879. Aquatint, 1st state of 7; etching, aquatint and soft-ground etching, 2nd state of 7; colour etching, aquatint and soft-ground etching, 6th state of 7; etching, aquatint and soft-ground etching, 7th state of 7. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij, the Vincent van Gogh Foundation and The Yellow House members). From:

NEW RESOURCE ON THE WEB: online catalogue of John Heartfield

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin has just launched the online catalogue of the works of John Heartfield (1891-1968), the German artist (who fled to England to escape the Nazis) best known for his political photomontages, which were widely spread through publication in magazines, on posters and on book covers.

The Akademie der Künste’s Art collection is home to more than 6.000 works by Heartfield, his entire artistic bequest. All of these works have been digitized and now the bilingual online catalogue makes more than 4.000 works accessible.

John Heartfield, Benütze Foto als Waffe! Originalmontage für die Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung, 1929, Nr. 37

Akademie der Künste, Berlin © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Kunstsammlung der Akademie der Künste, JH 430

Startseite von „Heartfield Online“ mit der Fotomontage von John Heartfield,

Krieg und Leichen - Die letzte Hoffnung der Reichen, 1932. Design von Heimann + Schwantes

Akademie der Künste, Berlin © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Through the catalogue, visitors can zoom in and compare works, and also gather information about the political context in which these works were created. A comprehensive glossary and an annotated biography and bibliography complete the rich offer of the catalogue, which marks the beginning of a longer period of Heartfield-related activities staged by the Akademie der Künste, so check out for updates as they will be released soon!

The project is supported by the Heartfield Community of Heirs, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.



On March 12, Ars Graphica Swiss visited the new storages of the Cabinet d’arts graphiques of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, guided by Maria Dolores Garcia-Aznar, who is in charge both of the collection and the storage (and is also one of the coordinators of AG Swiss satellite). Read more about it on our blog!

Silvia Massa

AG communication coordinator

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