The British Museum presents a new exhibition which displays some of the most important prints and drawings the Museum has acquired over the past 5 years.
These include rare artworks from its collection by some of the world’s most famous artists, including David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jeremy Deller, Raphael, Edgar Degas and Phyllida Barlow.
In the exhibition is around 150 artworks which are a selection from the 3000 graphic works that the British Museum has added into its prints and drawings collection since 2013. These works highlights spans six centuries with the oldest work on show is by the Renaissance master Benozzo Gozzoli from around 1460, and the newest is Kara Walker’s 2017 monumental print Resurrection Story with Patrons, which depicts a giant statue of a black woman being erected.
Highlights of the exhibition are the British Museum’s first ever drawing by Andy Warhol, which depicts a study of a theatre set he designed in New York in 1959.
The exhibition will also show the Museum’s first ever work by Phyllida Barlow, which is a study for one of the sculptures in her British pavilion installation at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Visitors will also be able to see five prints from one of Pablo Picasso’s greatest-ever graphic works. Suite 347 is a series of 347 etchings made in 1968 which show the remakable invention and ingenuity of the octogenarian artist.
The British Museum is the only UK museum to have a complete set, they are seen alongside a Picasso linocut and aquatint.
Many of the works, including those by Bridget Riley and Georg Baselitz, have been donated by the artists themselves or their families and estates,
This fascinating free exhibition provides an eclectic mixture of old and new classics which will delight visitors before the works are stored away or used for later exhibitions.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
For more information, visit the British Museum website here
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