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Thursday, 27 April 2023

Born on this day: Claude Gillot (1673-1722)

Dear reader,

It is that time of the month again; we present to you the April News Corner filled with refreshing exhibits and wonderful opportunities!


#TheHague The Meermanno House of The Book in The Hague just opened the exhibit Flora Batava, focusing on the Flora Batava-book series, with hand coloured engravings en lithographs. This series was the first inventory of wild plants in the Netherlands.

#Valkenswaard On view in the Dutch Museum of Lithography, Valkenswaard: The Toorop Line. The Toorop artist dynasty, consisting of Jan Toorop, his daughter Charley Toorop and grandson Edgar Fernhout, covers almost a hundred years of art history. With their individuality they leave an important mark on Dutch art history. Until 9 July.

#Amsterdam On view until 6 August in the Amsterdam City Archives: Amsterdam on Fire. The Inventions of Jan van der Heyden (1637–1712). Jan van der Heyden is known worldwide as a painter of exceptional cityscapes. But this talented seventeenth-century artist was also an important inventor and entrepreneur. He visualized his inventions—the improved fire pump and modern city lighting—in beautifully detailed drawings and prints.

#Amsterdam Peek over the shoulders of Rembrandt and his contemporaries: 74 drawings by Rembrandt, Bol, Maes, and others at The Rembrandt House Museum. The exhibition 'The Art of Drawing' runs from 18 March to 11 June 2023 at The Rembrandt House Museum.

#Amsterdam At the Allard Pierson museum in Amsterdam you can go see the exhibit 'Maps Unfolded' which takes you through seven centuries of maps and atlases, dating from 15th-century drawings to the maps of the future. On show until 16 July.

#Berlin On view until 11 June in Berlin's Kupferstichkabinett: Clear to Cloudy. Weather Phenomena in Dutch Prints and Drawings. This small thematic exhibition presents 25 Dutch prints and drawings of the 17th and 18th centuries from the rich holdings of the Kupferstichkabinett. The focus is on intensive observation of nature and curiosity about the external appearance of things.

#Vienna The exhibition 'Bruegel and his time' at the Albertina Museum presents a selection of some 90 works from the museum’s own holdings that exemplify this incomparable flourishing of drawing practices. Alongside famed masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and outstanding drawings by artists such as Jan de Beer, Maarten van Heemskerck or Hendrick Goltzius, several newly restored works will be presented to a broader public. On show until 24 May.

#Geneva On view in the Museum of Art and History in Geneva until 28 May: Gravure en clair-obscur, devoted to the chiaroscuro technique of woodcutting, originating in Germany in the early 16th century. In the following century, the technique spread quickly across Europe. In Italy especially it was practiced with great sophistication.

#Milan At the Palazzo Reale the exhibit on Helmut Newton can be seen until 25 June.

#Chicago On March 2 the new exhibition opened at the Newberry Library: 'Pop-Up Books through the Ages explores the extensive history of interactive texts. Since the 1400s, readers have been lifting flaps, spinning dials, and opening elaborate three-dimensional spreads in the pages of books. You can go see this extraordinary exhibit until July 15th.

#Minneapolis In the Minnesota Center for Book Arts: Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Cultures. Co-curated by Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, the exhibition offers a new definition of paper­ within a global and decolonial framework. Until 12 August.

#SanDiego The University Galleries now show the traveling exhibit: 'Fake News and Lying Pictures - Political Prints in the Dutch Republic'. On view until 12 may, before it moves to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens where the exhibition will be between 11 November 2023 and 29 April 2024.


#jobs The Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, is looking for two cataloguers, one for photography (DL: 4 May) and one for design drawings (DL: 1 May) to register their collection in Adlib.

#job Princeton University Library (PUL) is seeking two candidates for the position of Rare Books Cataloging Librarian. The position reports to the Leader of the Rare Books Cataloging Team and actively supports the teaching and research mission of Princeton University by providing timely and accurate access to PUL collections through the creation and maintenance of bibliographic, holdings, and authority records for special collections. Apply here.

#job #curator The Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (COFAM) is seeking a curator for the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts. The vacancy is open until filled. Apply here!

#job #conservation The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant/Associate Paper Conservator. The successful candidate will join a dedicated conservation team who work collaboratively with BMA staff across multiple departments. Open until filled. More info here!

#prize #drawings Submissions are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Ricciardi Prize of $5,000! The award is given to the best new and unpublished article on a drawing topic (of any period) by a scholar under the age of 40. The winning submission will be published in a 2024 issue of Master Drawings. DL: 15 November 2023.

#job #director The UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum is looking for a Director. Find more information here. DL: 11 May 2023.


#cfp The editors of Philosophy of Photography invite contributions to a special issue: Expanded Visualities: Photography and Emerging Technologies. DL: 1 May 2023.

#cfp 'The Visionary Drawing and its Knowledge: Orients' on 7-8 December 2023 is a workshop organised as part of the research programme The visionary drawing and its knowledge, by the University of Strasbourg Institute of Advanced Studies – USIAS. The workshop proposes to question the way in which oriental resources nourish an 'other' or an 'elsewhere' of the visible that bursts into the phenomenal world (Henry 1988); and whether the invisible underlies it, opposes it or intertwines with it. They call for papers on these ideas. DL: 30 April 2023.

#cfp The project “Antiquitatum Thesaurus: Antiquities in European Visual Sources from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”, hosted at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich organize a series of colloquia in 2023-2024 on the topic “Visualizing Antiquity. On the Episteme of Drawings and Prints in the Early Modern Period". For the next session: 'The Episteme of Early Modern Drawings and Prints' in Berlin, 28–29 Sep 23, find information here. DL: 30 April.

#cfp The upcoming issue of Photographica (Spring 2024): On the value(s) of photographs: production, mechanisms, sources' wishes to interrogate and broaden the history of photographic value(s) and prices over a long time frame, proposing to consider it a chapter in a materialist and material history of photography, through its consumption as image and practice, in France as well as all the territories where it expanded. Find the details here. DL: May 22, 2023


#symposium The Peck Drawings Symposium Making, Collecting, and Understanding Dutch and Flemish Drawings 1500-1800 takes place on 1 and 2 June in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. More info on their website.

#conf The University of Westminster, London (UK) organizes the 2-day conference 'In the Photographic Darkroom' (online/London, 8-9 Jun 23). This event hosts a critical conversation about the largely overlooked space of the darkroom, and outlines new ways to research, theorize, and interpret the roles that it has played in our modern world.

#symposium You can register now for the symposium Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The symposium takes place from 31 October until 2 November.

#lecture The Association of Print Scholars announced that the annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture will be delivered by Johanna Drucker, Distinguished Professor and Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. The lecture is entitled “Invisible Writing: Disciplinary Intersections and Blind Spots," and will be held virtually on Friday, May 5, 2023.


#website The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina launched a website last month dedicated to their largest gift to date: The Peck Collection. The 134 large­ly sev­en­teenth- and eigh­teenth-cen­tu­ry Dutch and Flem­ish draw­ings, with high-resolution and verso images, can be browsed here!


See you next month!

The News Corner Team,

Iris Louwersheimer &

Marte Sophie Meessen

AG communication coordinators


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