Minnesota and North Dakota Chapter

Exhibition of XX Century Graphic Treasures of Contemporary Art

La Passion
Artist: Emile Bernard
Date: 1895
Dimensions: 57 x 63 cm
Materials: Zincography

Le Chemin de la Croix
Artist: Emile Bernard
Date: ca. 1895
Dimensions: 55 x 37.5 cm
Materials: Zincography

La Sainte Famille
Artist: Emile Bernard
Date: 1894
Dimensions: 45.5 x 61cm
Materials: Zincography

La Sainte Famille
Artist: Emile Bernard
Date: 1894
Dimensions: 45.5 x 61cm
Materials: Zincography

Les Jeunes filles t’ontaime’ qu’on aime
Artist: Emile Bernard
Date: 1895
Dimensions: 42 x 56 cm
Materials: Zincography

Total Cost: $6,200.00

In the spring of 2016, the Department of Arts of the 19th and 20th centuries is planning amajor exhibition dedicated entirely to the Graphics of the 900 present in its collection. This exhibition was founded based on the desire to make this mostly unknown, but invaluable, selection of masterpieces available to the general public, fans, and specialists in the field.

The collection of Graphics of the 900 was formed together with the Collection of Contemporary Art from 1973 onwards and now boasts around 4,000 works, including prints and drawings, only a few of which are displayed in rotation in the halls of the Vatican Museums for conservation reasons. The section of exceptional pieces is particularly rich and extensive, documenting a century of Italian and foreign graphic production.

Some important international artists who appear include Braque, Denis, Ernst, Klee, Kandinsky, Kokoschka, Matisse, Munch, and Nolde, while some Italians include Boccioni, Cambellotti, Casorati, De Carolis, Morandi, and Lorenzo Viani. The works of these artists also form part of the Collection of paintings and sculptures in the Contemporary Art Department.

The exhibition will present a selection of about 100 works in the style of German-designed graphics, prints and engravings, occasionally accompanied by paintings, sculptures, and drawings related to the graphics, sometimes with the author’s name.

The three lots of restoration proposed for the Wishbook 2015 focus on small groups of graphics, which will be included in the exhibition. Before the exhibition, all of them must be disassembled, repaired and mounted to new frames that are more suitable for the conservation and adequate presentation of the works in the exhibition. These pieces are expected to return on display in the exhibition.

STATE OF PRESERVATION:
The graphics are a little affected by oxidation. In some areas the paper is ripped or present small holes.

RESTORATION PROCESS INCLUDES:

  • Dust suction and micro-dust suction
  • Scientific research
  • Overall cleaning
  • Fixing colors
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