Exhibition of XX Century Graphic Treasures of Contemporary Art

Emile Bernard (1868-1941); "La Passion" (La Passione); zincograf

La Passion

Dimensions: 57 x 63 cm

Inventory Number: 24137

Emile Bernard (1868-1941); "Le Chemin de la Croix"; zincografia su carta; 1894; Musei Vaticani; Inv. 24138

Le Chemin de la Croix

Dimensions: 55 x 37.5 cm

Inventory Number: 24138

Emile Bernard (1868-1941); "La Sainte Famille" (La Sacra Famiglia); zincografia su carta; 1894; Musei Vaticani; Inv. 43396

La Sainte Famille

Dimensions: 45.5 x 61cm

Inventory Number: 43396

 Emile Bernard (1868-1941); "La Sainte Famille" (La Sacra Famiglia); zincografia su carta; 1894; Musei Vaticani; Inv. 43397

La Sainte Famille

Dimensions: 45.5 x 61cm

Inventory Number: 43397

 43398.Bernard LO RES 2

Les Jeunes filles t’ontaime’ qu’on aime

Dimensions 42 x 56 cm

Inventory Number: 43398

In the spring of 2016, the Department of Arts of the 19th and 20th centuriesis planning amajor exhibitiondedicated entirelyto the Graphicsof the 900present inits collection.This exhibition was founded based on the desireto make this mostly unknown, but invaluable, selection of masterpieces availableto the general public, fans andspecialists 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 exhibitionwill presenta selection of about100 works in the style ofGerman-designed graphics, printsandengravings, occasionallyaccompanied bypaintings, sculptures,and drawingsrelatedto the graphics,sometimes with theauthor’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.