Sammeln in der Gegenwart

300 Jahre Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabin

In 2020, the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett celebrates its 300th anniversary; this book accompanies the exhibition its masterpieces.
Publication date:
November 2020
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Editor :
Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick, Stephanie Buck, Gudula Metze
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ISBN : 9781911300892

Dimensions : 300 X 230 mm
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In 2020, the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett celebrates its 300th anniversary.
Founded in 1720 by Augustus the Strong as a museum specializing in works on
paper, the collection - now with over half a million works, from the Middle Ages
to the present day - has always acquired contemporary art alongside recognised
The collection - which includes exceptional works by Jan van Eyck, Dürer, Verrocchio,
Grünewald, Cranach, Holbein, Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, Ludwig Richter,
Toulouse Lautrec, Mondrian, Hermann Glöckner, Gerhard Altenbourg, A.R. Penck,
Georg Baselitz and Evelyn Richter - began in the 18th century with drawings, miniatures
and prints, before photography was added in 1898 as the promising future means of
The people in charge of the collection always had a keen eye for the art of their
contemporaries and often demonstrated particular foresight in their acquisitions.
Many of the works that were contemporary and still unknown at the time of their
acquisition are now considered special treasures and rank equally with those that had
been added to the collection as masterpieces. Exemplary are freshly printed etchings
by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, which were little known at the time, and were bought in
the 18th century. And towards the end of the 19th century, the then director Max Lehrs
promoted artists directly, such as Max Klinger and Käthe Kollwitz.
Today, the Kupferstich-Kabinett occupies an outstanding international position
thanks to the high quality and abundance of works. However, the collection is often
hidden from the public. Works on paper in particular require special protection and,
due to their fragility and extreme sensitivity to light, they can only rarely leave the
safety of the depot. The anniversary gives reason to air many masterpieces of the
collection, and offers the opportunity to look into both the past and into the future,
and to anchor the Kupferstich-Kabinett with its seemingly inexhaustible holdings as a
lively, innovative and democratic place in the public consciousness - as a place where
creativity and knowledge, critical thinking and aesthetic pleasure can be experienced.
The exhibition of 84 masterpieces, which opens in Dresden in June 2020, will then
travel to New York in October 2020, where they will be presented in the prominent,
international context of The Morgan Library& Museum.