eingerissenes Papier
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

UNIQUE! One-of-a-Kinds and Rarities

What makes an image – especially a replicated image – unique? This is the question tackled by curator Hans Wolfgang Singer at the beginning of the 20th century in his book, Unika und Seltenheiten im Königlichen Kupferstich-Kabinett zu Dresden. Singer addressed the topic in a surprising way; without exception, he chose prints for his catalogue although the medium of mechanically replicated graphic reproduction seems to rule out originality.

  • DATES 30/06/2017—25/09/2017

UNIQUE! asks anew how we today perceive the singularity of works on paper and how we can understand it not only in close observation – we will be expecting you during opening hours in our study room (please ring!) – but also with the distance that is created by the protective picture frames in the exhibition and with the aid of digital media.

Drei Fürsten auf Pferden
Wilhelm Walther, Karton des Fürstenzugs Kohle auf quadriertem Papier, auf Leinen aufgelegt, Größe des Details: 4 x 3 m, Kupferstich-Kabinett

The hand-drawn self-portrait, which embodies the artist as an individual creator, offers a departure point for the exhibition. Subsequently, we examine the collecting principle of organization; the special object can only appear in comparison with other works and therefore succumbs to temporal change. Paper is another theme of the exhibition – as the polymorphous support that exerts a singular effect on the art works collected in the Kupferstich-Kabinett.

Bauarbeiter arbeiten auf einem Gerüst am Dresdner Fürstenzug
Christian Borchert, Reinigung des Fürstenzuges, 1978 Fotografie auf Silbergelatinepapier

Finally, we present the inexhaustible world of reproductive art for exploration, which extends from the woodcut of the 15th century to offset printing and photography. Whether through an accident of preservation, individual re-workings or innovative techniques, each work is unique. The final highpoint of the exhibition is provided by the space-defying cartoon for the Dresden Fürstenzug (the epitome of the rarest one-of-a-kind and the basis for the iconic Saxon porcelain painting).

eingerissenes Papier
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Ursula Sax, Blatt aus der Serie „Papierreliefs“, 1993 Papier, Einrisse, 75,4 × 100,3 cm, 1993, Kupferstich-Kabinett

further exhibitions

Further Exhibitions

On the Way to Electoral Power

in Residenzschloss

aufwendig mit Edelsteinen verzierte Kopfbedeckung, darauf Engel und Heilige
26/08/2017 —19/11/2017

All in All

in Residenzschloss


in Zwinger

Teekanne aus Porzellan
18/11/2017 —15/04/2018
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