The Print: Dürer bis Picasso
From 27 January 2023
The 20th anniversary of the ALBERTINA Museum’s reopening is to be marked by a grandiose pair of exhibitions featuring printed graphics from the past six centuries. Ever since Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen founded Albertina-Collection over 200 years ago, collecting has involved a consistently strong focus on the contemporary art of each successive era—as demonstrated by the first of these two exhibitions, The Print: Dürer to Picasso.
The development of techniques by which to produce graphic prints numbers among the greatest artistic achievements of the Late Middle Ages. Such techniques soon attained a status equal to and even exceeding that of painting in the oeuvres of artists such as Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer.
Compared with woodcut and copperplate engraving, the technique of etching—which had been developed shortly before 1500—allowed greater latitude for artistic experimentation. Its development culminated in the works of Rembrandt as well as those of Francisco de Goya half a century later.
From the early 19th century onward, lithography and halftone enabled the printing of very large editions. It was thus that 20th-century artists could already call upon a broad spectrum of expressive means that, during the 1960s, was further augmented by pop artists’ favored process of silkscreen printing.
Worldwide, the collection of the Albertina is virtually unmatched in terms of its ability to present the history of the graphic arts in light of its most outstanding examples. This exhibition ranges from the very first experiments in printed graphics to the art of the modern era..
On view from 27 January until 21 May 2023 at the ALBERTINA museum in Vienna.
Hendrick Goltzius: Phaeton, 1588
33.1 x 33.3 cm Copperplate engraving
Pablo Picasso: Portrait of a Woman, after Lucas Cranach the Younger, 1958
76.5 × 57 cm Farblinolschnitt von 5 Platten (Schwarz, Rot, Gelb, Braun, Blau), auf Vélin-Papier d'Arches
Pablo Picasso: Das karge Mahl, 1904
63.2 x 48.1 cm Zinkradierung