Prints at Courtauld Gallery

From 19 June to  21 September 2014 at the Courtauld Gallery, in London, you could see two very interesting exhibitions linked with the prints: “Bruegel to Freud: Prints from the Courtauld Gallery” and from 20 June to 20 July: “Impress: Printmaking expanded in contemporary art”.

In the first one, “Bruegel to Freud“, and in a very special display offers an introduction to the largest but least known part of the Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding collection – its holding of prints.

The Courtauld Gallery houses one of the most significant collections of works on paper in Britain, with approximately 7,000 drawings and watercolours and 20,000 prints ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

This display of some thirty particularly remarkable and intriguing examples spans more than 500 years and encompasses a variety of printmaking techniques.

The selection includes works by Mantegna, Bruegel, Canaletto, Picasso, Matisse and Freud. The splendor of Renaissance and modern and contemporary art. Really, a great exhibition.

The second one, Impress: Print Making Expanded in Contemporary Art , visible in Somerset House, responds to The Courtauld Gallery’s Summer Showcase, Bruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery.

This exhibition explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been reimagined and reworked in contemporary art. It invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? Common conceptions of prints and printmaking are expanded, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, from mass-produced to unique, from paper to mixed media.

Impress has been curated by students of the  MA Curating the Art Museum  programme, and draws on two significant collections, The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection.

Two exciting proposals for the londonian summer.

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