The Art of woodcarving: Xylographies from Dürer to nowadays

10th February – 11th March 2018

Felix Vallotton

Inauguration: 9th of February 2018 at 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: 10th February – 11th March 2018
Opening hours: Tue - Fri 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. & Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Closed: 13th February 2018
On February 9th 2018, starts the exhibition "The Art of woodcarving: Xylographies from Dürer to nowadays" at the City Museum Bruneck | Brunico.
Since the end of the 14th century the printed image has been spread, now that paper was available. Initially, single page prints were highly requested for personal enrichment (e.g. collectionism) with religious themes for devotional images and portraits of saints and holy helpers. Later, this reproduction technique has been used as a private and public device of communication. From 1430 the copper engraving (gravure) often replaced the woodcut and in 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invented the type printing (initially without illustrations), which revolutionized book printing. The exhibition inaugurated at the City Museum tries to illustrate the development of printing from the medieval to the present. The artworks, exposed in this retrospective dedicated to the art of engraving in Europe, are performed by well-known artists such as Michael Wolgemut (1434 - 1519) and his even more famous scholar Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528). The xylography instead had a strong renaissance phase in German Expressionism. The modern and contemporary press was introduced by artists from France, Norway and Switzerland. Important representatives, such as Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903) and Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944) present technical and formal innovations and original methods in this field. The expressive character of the printing became a strong stylistic and artistic element. Now begins a new reflection about line, surface, space, color, time and movement and the artistic possibilities increase.
The City Museum Bruneck | Brunico shows around 80 works of art by 76 artists. It is an important collection, which for most part is composed of the legacies of the museum itself.