Kandinsky, Klee, Schiele... Selected Print Portfolios of the Early Twentieth Century
The significance of print portfolios for the early twentieth-century avant-garde has hitherto been underestimated. On closer inspection, the great potential of this collaborative art form becomes evident – as an origin for technical experimentation and a means of publicly disseminating artistic ideas, but also as a way of producing objects for sale on the art market. The exhibition will present a selection of print portfolios from the rich holdings of the Staatsgalerie, among them the virtually unknown »SEMA Portfolio« of 1912 as well as sheets from the four important and extremely rare »Bauhaus Prints: New European Graphic Art« portfolios of the 1920s. Masterworks of European avant-garde printmaking will be on view – from Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee to Franz Marc and Egon Schiele.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue of all the works on exhibit, published by Hirmer-Verlag, Munich (120 pages with 80 illustrations, price: 24.90 €). In addition to introductory essays by Susanne M. I. Kaufmann and Corinna Höper, it will include an index of the portfolios and illustrated journals published in Germany between 1910 and 1945 and now in the collection of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.
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