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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Born on this day: Sir George Clausen, RA (1852)

Copper plates on display

Hidden but fundamental, copper plates make printmaking possible. In Europe there are three major collections of this kind: the Chalcographie du Louvre, the Calcografía Nacional in the Prado and the Calcografia at the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome. In the past few years there has been an explosion of scholarship on this less explored topic in printmaking studies, see for example the special number of «Memofonte» dedicated to collections of woodblocks and copper plates (2016) and the Block Plates and Stones conference in London (2017).

Now, the exhibition Graver pour le roi. Collection de la Chalcographie du Louvre makes more than 60 plates available: they relate to works on paper held at the Louvre and at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and focus on the image of the king and its dissemination between the second half of XVII and XVIII centuries. The exhibition will remain open until 20th May 2019. More information here.


Until 30 June, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt explores Picasso's experiments with printmaking techniques through an exhibition that features more than 60 etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts. A special section within the exhibition is dedicated to the well-known Suite Vollard.

Pablo Picasso, Buste Modern Style (Jugendstil-Büste), 1949, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Graphische Sammlung, Foto: Städel Museum, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019


Not long ago, our Swiss satellite visited the storage rooms of the Cabinet d'arts graphiques du Musée d'art et d'histoire de Génève (you can find a report on our blog). Until 16 June, the Cabinet is hosting Apprivoisier la lumière. Claude Lorrain et la perception du paysage. The exhibition, directed by Christian Rümelin, wants to explore the artist's approach to landscape and his techniques, through the display of drawings, paintings and a group of prints acquired in 2011 and here exhibited for the first time.


The Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz is looking for a scientific collaborator (wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter*in) with focus on graphic art XX-XXI centuries. Deadline to apply: 13 May 2019. See all details here.

The Museum Folkwang of XIX-XX centuries and contemporary art in Essen is looking for a paper/graphic art conservator for a 12-month appointment. Deadline 26 April, see all requirements here.

The Association Le Vieux Papier is organising a 'colloque' on 12-13 October 2019 on the topic Collections et collectionneurs. They are looking for papers that present either a collector and his/her practices and strategies, or a collection in particular. For more information about the colloque read here.


Officina della cultura presented the new edition of the Premio FIBRENUS "Carnello cArte ad Arte" for all artists born after 01/01/1979. This year's topic is: LIMES. confini culturali alla fine di un mondo. The selection committee includes Giulia Napoleone (president of the committee), Simona De Crescenzo (Gabinetto della Grafica, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) and Gabriella Bocconi (Istituto Centrale per la Grafica). Artists should send the required material by 10 August. For more information see


Happy Easter and happy Spring break!

Silvia Massa

AG communication coordinator

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