Weekend of Graphic Art

The international Project celebrates its tenth anniversary

10 – 11 November​

The Graphic Collections in Germany, Switzerland and Austria are organising the “Weekend of Graphics”for the 10th time. Each year the collections initiate various events within the framework of this project, which are dedicated to the special qualities and requirements of art on paper.
Many collections have been presenting drawings and prints for years, on the second weekend in November, which are not permanently exhibited for conservation reasons.

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Who organizes the Weekend of Graphic Arts?

This transnational project is not organised by any central institution, but has grown over the years from the cooperation of various collections, cultural institutions and associations. This special feature of the project contributes to the diversity of the programs of the individual venues. But the network of the Graphic Collections offers an overview of all participating museums.
Below you will find a selection of the collections represented by us and participating in the project.

Staatliche Bücher und Kupferstichsammlung Greiz
© Sommerpalais Greiz (Foto: Christian Freund)

Staatliche Bücher- und Kupferstichsammlung Greiz

The summer palace, built by Henry XI. Reuß Aelterer Linie (1722-1800), built from 1769, houses since 1922 the Staatliche Bücher- und Kupferstichammlung Greiz. Since 1975 the caricature collection SATIRICUM can also be found in the summer palace. Several exhibitions a year show exhibits from the three collections.

With the exclusive exhibition “Selten zu sehen” (Rare to see), the collection takes part in the graphics weekend. Rarely shown works of art will only be brought to light from the depot on this weekend and presented in the Garden Hall. 

On Saturday and Sunday there will be a half-hour public guided tour of the works of art at 10 am.

Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

The Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg presents high-ranking works of modern art in collection and temporary exhibitions in Wolfsburg Castle – a magnificent building of the North German Renaissance. Here, in one of the oldest architectural monuments in Lower Saxony, historical architecture and contemporary art stand in an exciting dialogue. The castle and sculpture park invite you to linger.

Sunday, 11 November

11 am
Curator’s tour through the exhibition “PERSPECTIVAS LATINAS #18” with Marcus Körber. Insights into the art of collotype printing and artistic collage.

12 am – 6 pm
Getting to know the printing workshop and introduction to the printing techniques of gravure and letterpress printing.

1 pm – 6 pm
The artist Alexander Mick demonstrates different techniques at the gravure press and shows how you can print and reproduce your own motifs.

All events are free of charge.

The number of participants for the workshop is limited to max. 15 persons. Registration under staedtische.galerie@stadt.wolfsburg.de.

© Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
Käthe Kollwitz Museum
© Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Like no other artist of the 20th century, Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) expresses themes such as war, poverty and death, but also love, security and the struggle for peace in her prints, drawings and sculptures. The Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne presents the world’s largest collection of her works.

Saturday, 10 November 

11.30 am
Käthe Kollwitz – Masterpieces of Printmaking
Guided tour of the Kollwitz Collection in Cologne
On the Action Day, a tour of the museum dedicated to the artist Käthe Kollwitz will take place, focusing on the milestones of her work – drawings and prints, for which she is still regarded today as one of the most important German artist personalities of the 20th century.

1 pm – 4 pm 
We make pressure! 
Open printing workshop
Lithography, etching and woodcut – in art there are many ways to print. During the graphics weekend, both children and adults can experiment with various simple techniques at the printing station under the guidance of our art mediators and create their own individual works of art (or perhaps even Christmas cards?).

Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg

The imposing complex with a magnificent view of Upper Franconia and Thuringia is home to the art collections of the Dukes of Saxony-Coburg. Martin Luther lived here for half a year. Whether old German art with works by Cranach, Grünewald and Dürer, armour and weapons, carriages and sleighs, historical glass or the newly designed artillery museum – there is a lot to discover here.

Sunday, 11 November

1.30 pm
Rembrandt. Art observation for primary school children.
The painter, draughtsman and etcher Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) created world-famous works of art. Why did he so often portray himself? And how did the artist work? We go in search of traces of a bygone time. Regina Lohwasser M.A.’s art observation is suitable for primary school children.

2 pm – 2 pm
Printing workshop for children
We print like Rembrandt. After creating our own designs, the idea is transferred to a printing plate. Can you write your names mirror-inverted?

2 pm
Special guided tour “The special leaf – The fool’s tree”
A pen drawing by the so-called Petrarca master, made in the early 16th century, belongs to the fascinating thematic complex of the depiction of fool figures. Here the fools grow on trees and are shaken from the tree like apples. In keeping with November 11, PD Dr. Stefanie Knöll’s tour will focus on early modern depictions of fools.

2.45 pm
The gouache painting
The Italian term “guazzo” (puddle or turbid liquid) was used in the 16th century to describe all paintings with aqueous paints. Gouaches by the Coburg painter Johann Friedrich Rauscher and the Swiss Johann Heinrich Bleuler will be on display. In addition, graphic restorer Wolfgang Schwahn M.A. will explain the techniques and means of this opaque painting.

© Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
© Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen

Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen

The Schaffhausen Museum is one of the largest and most diverse universal museums in Switzerland. It combines archaeology, history, art and nature under one roof. The important art collection includes works by artists such as Cranach, Hodler, Vallotton, Otto Dix and Adolf Dietrich.

The foundation stone for the museum’s Graphic Collection was laid by the Kunstverein Schaffhausen, founded in 1848. The collection was expanded by donations, legacies, foundations and deposits. It was not until the Sturzenegger Foundation was established in 1987 that active, systematic collection activities became possible. Regular and extensive purchases and a clever acquisition policy made the foundation a stroke of luck for the Museum zu Allerheiligen: Today the Prints and Drawings Collection comprises some 30,000 sheets. The holdings are presented in temporary exhibitions.

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