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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Dear reader,

More and more museums and cultural institutions are reopening. Find our selection of exhibitions and opportunities for this month below!


#closingsoon The exhibition 'Eros and Power - Trilogy III. Judith, Omphale & Co.' in the print and drawings room of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, focuses on the representation of women, in particular biblical heroines who specifically use their femininity. On show until 30 May

#open During the celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 150th anniversary, the Department of Drawings and Prints presents four thematic installations that take an in-depth look at the fabric of its collections. This last installation is designed to elucidate the broad range of materials and techniques used by artists in Europe and the United States to create works on paper from the Renaissance to the present day. Between 29 April and 26 July, the MET presents 'Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints: Materials and Techniques'. Check out how to get your tickets here.

#open The museums in France are open to the public again; go see exhibitions in Paris at the Petit Palais in Paris (Vollard, Petite et l'estampe de maîtres), the Musée des Archives Nationales (Dessiner pour Napoléon), the Cabinet des Dessins Jean Bonna - Beaux-Arts (Le dessin romantique de Géricault à Victor Hugo).

#open The museums in the UK are open to the public; go visit exhibitions at the V&A in London (Renaissance Watercolours), and the Ashmolean Museum of Art in Oxford (Pre-Raphaelites: drawings and watercolours), and more.

#exhibition 'MANTOVA BOOKS MAPS PRINTS' will be the first market exhibition dedicated to antique paper in Italy - and is among the first sector events throughout Europe in 2021. It will be held on 12 and 13 June 2021 at the Francesco Gonzaga Diocesan Museum in Mantua (free admission). Check out the details here.

#exhibition In honour of Dante Alighieri's anniversary Forte di Bardi hosts the exhibition 'Dantedì: Omaggio a Dante 1321-2021'. The exhibit displays an incunabulum of the Divine Comedy published in Brescia in 1487, accompanied by an (enlarged) selection of the most interesting woodcuts of the volume, the corresponding passages and graphic work by Bruno Testa. Visit the website for more information. On show until 6 June 2021.

#openingsoon The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge will soon open the printroom exhibit 'Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540 – 1660' which looks at the spread and development of prints representing abstract qualities such as the Five Senses, Seven Virtues and Deadly Sins. Open between 22 June and 30 August 2021. Check the details here.

#reopening Hopefully, museums in the Netherlands can finally open their doors again next month. You can already book your tickets for the exhibition 'Graphic Grandeur: Escher and his contemporaries'. A collaboration between Escher in the Palace and the Kunstmuseum, The Hague. It highlights the versatility of Dutch graphic art through prints made by Escher’s friends, acquaintances and mentors.

#lithography Or visit the Dutch Museum of Lithography, Valkenswaard, soon reopening with the expo 'Het beeld spreekt! Art nouveau in de Nederlandse affichekunst' on Art Nouveau in Dutch posters.

#track Keep track of whether heritage sites are open or closed on the UNESCO website here!

*** Museums are opening and closing as a result of Covid-19 related restrictions and following government advice. As this is rather unpredictable, we advise you to keep an eye out for the reopening of museums near you ***


#lastchance #curator The Yale Center for British Art has a vacancy for a Curator of Prints and Drawings with a great record of exhibitions and publications, to oversee the museum’s renowned collection of works on paper. Check out the link for more information. DL: 1 June 2021.

#drawings #fellowship The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA, is looking to fill the Emily Rauh Pulitzer Curatorial Fellowship in Contemporary Drawings. Visit the website for the details. Rolling application as of 26 May 2021.

#conservation #fellowship The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA, seek to fill the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellowship, starting september 2021. The main task of the fellow will be the examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections as driven by the exhibition, loans, and research needs. Apply here! DL: 11 June 2021.

#curatorialassistant Apply here for curatorial assistant of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester MA! The candidate will provide curatorial and administrative support to the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. DL: 12 June 2021.


#CFP The Società Italiana di Storia della Miniatura (SISM) (The international Society of History of illuminated manuscripts ) calls for researchers of the discipline to communicate their ongoing investigations in a webinar that will take place on 17-18 September 2021. Find out more on the website. DL: 15 June 2021.

#prize The ‘Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship’ is available again this year. Submissions are invited in the form of a new article on a printing-historical subject, suitable for the Society’s Journal. The winning author will receive this year’s Prize, a purse of £500, membership of the Society for one year, and publication in the PHS Journal (and digitally, subject to the usual processes of peer-review). Full details on their website. DL: 1 October 2021.


#conf The 9th annual conference 'Photography and Its Many Colours: Innovations, Emotions and Activism' organised by the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) will be held online on 14 June 2021. It will address contemporary debates in and around colour photography. Check out the website for the program and details on the registration.

#conf The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) and Columbia University organise the webinar: Early Modern Cultures of Copying on 10 and 11 June 2021. The conference will shed new light on practices of graphic copying. Specifically, it aims to go beyond the classic framework of emulation and imitation and the connoisseurial topos of replica and forgery to look at how copying was a fundamental constructive act, epistemic operation, and generative practice, one that spawned new thinking and ideas, as well as new modes of artistic engagement. Visit the website to register and check out the program.

#onlineseminar Ars Graphica Polska will organize an online seminar with three talks on 31 May! Małgorzata Maria Grąbczewska will present the latest issue of Daguerreotype. Dr Anna Pięcińska will talk about the iconography of the Annunciation in the perspective of the speech act theory from the viewpoint of a philologist and art historian. Finally, Adrianna Kaczmarek will talk about the graphic self-portraits of Leon Wyczółkowski (1852-1936). The event will be free and via zoom. Find the invitation here and some more info here!

#meeting Join Ars Graphica Paris for a zoom meeting on 28 May, 18.00h. A chance to meet the satellite and discuss ideas about future events! Click here for more info.


#monsters #woodcut The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, acquired the 1565 print book 'Les Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel' full of grotesque, hybrid creatures. You can find them in their online collection!

#protip Check out this superb website with Italian Prints and Drawings Study Cabinets, promoting and enhancing the Italian heritage of prints and drawings. On the website, each Gabinetto disegni e stampe is accompanied by an up-to-date description, contacts details, related links (websites with collection and exhibition information) and pictures. For #more links and info about other (international) printrooms and their collections, activities and events, check out this elaborate overview by Delineavit et Sculpsit.


The News Corner Team,

See you next month!

Iris Louwersheimer &

Marte Sophie Meessen

AG communication coordinators


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