New Acquisitions for the Department of Prints and Drawings
A museum’s collection lives and thrives on the basis of carefully chosen acquisitions and donations that permanently augment the existing holdings and enhance the collection’s quality. With its exhibition “Give me five!” which went from March 6 through July 28, 2013, Frankfurt’s Städel Museum offered an impressive survey of some 100 major new additions to the Graphische Sammlung (Prints Collection) made in recent years. The works brought together in the Graphische Sammlung included artists ranging from Adam Elsheimer through Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo to Louis Soutter, from Max Beckmann through Alfred Hrdlicka and Jim Dine to David Hockney, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. The Städel Museum’s Graphische Sammlung comprises a total of more than 100.000 works of art in the form of drawings and prints, pieces dating from as long ago as the Middle Ages or as recent as the present. Many of the Collection’s patrons made generous donations and endowments to this exciting miscellany and the growth it has seen is truly gratifying. These fragile works of art on paper were presented to visitors in changing exhibitions in ever new combinations.
For this temporary presentation, a selection of considerably more than 100 positions was made from those works on paper that have either been purchased or donated. Although the exhibits chosen were especially diverse, they were not simply strung together but instead on display were interesting groups and arrangements of works that bear affinities and follow on from one another.
CURATOR: Dr. Jutta Schütt, Städel Museum