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Thursday, 25 May 2023

Dear reader,

May the force be with you; we selected some extraordinary exhibits and opportunities for you.


#Basel In the Kunstmuseum Basel you can go see Andrea Büttner. The Heart of Relations. The exhibition shows large-scale wood engravings, etchings, books, glass objects, video installations and textile. On show until 1 October 2023.

#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.

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

#SaintDenis At the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Saint-Denis you can go see the exhibit Pablo Picasso, Paul Eluard, une amitié sublime which explores the creative friendship between the two, including prints and illustrated books, each inspiring the other. It runs until 10 July 2023.

#Vienna At the Albertina Modern you can go see Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst - The Revolution in Printmaking which shows around 70 key works of post-1945 art history. On show until 23 July 2023.

#Antwerp Just opened in Plantin Moretus, Antwerp: The Essence of a Typographer. Niclaes Mollijns Antwerp-Riga. This guest exhibition by the National Library of Latvia brings together books printed by the first publisher to print books in Riga: Niclaes Mollijns (c. 1550–1625). He was born in Antwerp as the son of Jan I Mollijns, an established woodcutter and publisher. Before he moved to Riga in the 1580s, Niclaes worked as an apprentice in the printing office of Christophe Plantin. On show until 28 June.

#Amsterdam Only one more weekend on show! Last chance to see Flora in Focus: Plant Life in Japanese Prints in Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam.

#Haarlem Visit the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, for the exhibitions Gifted Eye and Realistic Science, on respectively contemporary drawings donated by Tanya Rumpff and scientific illustrations in historical books.

#Amsterdam Don't miss your chance to see Women on Paper in the Print Cabinets of the Rijksmuseum (until 30 May 2023), including drawings, prints and photographs by Gesina ter Borch, Berthe Morisot, Käthe Kollwitz and Julia Margaret Cameron. In Italy, Diana Mantuana dominated the market with her prints after Giulio Romano.

#TheHague The Meermanno House of The Book in The Hague opened the exhibit Flora Batava, focusing on the Flora Batava-book series, with hand coloured engravings and lithographs. This series was the first inventory of wild plants in the Netherlands. Until 3 September.

#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. 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 until 11 June 2023.

#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.

#NewYork On view in the Met: Light and Tone: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints. The installation explores the pursuit of tonal gradation and contrast in works varying from the completely monochrome to the brightly colored. Until 5 September.

#Chicago On show 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.


#job #curator The V&A in London is looking for a curator of Prints, with expertise in early modern prints. DL: 30 May 2023.

#job #curator Plantin Moretus, Antwerp, is looking for a new curator for the modern collections of prints and drawing. More information (in Dutch) here. DL: 29 May.

#APS The Association of Print Scholars invites submissions for its sponsored sessions at the Renaissance Society of America conference, to be held in Chicago, Illinois from March 21-23 2024. APS-sponsored session proposals may be related to any theme of Renaissance and Early Modern printmaking, or any aspect of print scholarship for the era 1300–1700. DL: 31 May.

#curatorialfellowship Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts, seeks a dynamic scholar for a two-year Curatorial Fellowship devoted to the museum’s collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. More info and how to apply here!

#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.

#summercourse The Arezzo 2023 Summer/Autumn Course focuses on the history of printing, engraving and print collecting in Italy (15th-18th century), October 14-25, 2023. The deadline is May 31, 2023. Application details can be found here.


#opportunity to publish: The Journal Master Drawings is seeking submissions of articles on modern and contemporary drawings. Essays published on 20th and 21st century drawings are among their journal's most downloaded articles, thousands of times per year. On average, the length of an article ranges from 2500 to 8000 words, with five to twenty illustrations. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Further information can be found here. Articles may be sent directly to:


#lecture MET curator Nadine Orenstein will give a lecture: “From Decorated Armor to Collectible Paper: the Beginning of the Printed Etching” on May 30, 2023 at 6PM at the NIKI in Florence. Make sure to register beforehand and tune in online!

#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. Book 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.

#summercourses Browse the fascinating summer courses of the Newberry Library, Chicago, here! What do you think of The Book No One Can Read: Revisiting the Voynich Codex or Representing the Mafia: Italian Mafia in Cinema, Television, and the Media?


#acquisition #drawing Museum Prinsenhof has acquired three drawings by Delft artist Leonaert Bramer (1596-1674) at Sotheby’s in New York. The drawings are Gods on Olympus, Venus complaining to Jupiter in the presence of Mercury (after Jacob Jordaens) and A man playing bagpipes for spectators. The acquisitions are a welcome addition to the group of works by Leonaert Bramer in the collection of the museum.


See you next month!

The News Corner Team,

Iris Louwersheimer &

Marte Sophie Meessen

AG communication coordinators


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