The website www.gabinettidisegniestampe.com aims at gathering together all the Italian Prints and Drawings Cabinets in order to promote and enhance the Italian heritage of prints and drawings. This online platform aims at virtually opening the doors of these places, generally closed to the public, and presenting the prints and drawings there contained, most of the time hidden mainly for preservations reasons.
Among these Cabinets (it. Gabinetti), some preserve unmissable post 1970s prints and drawings. Noteworthy are the Prints Room of the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine of Bagnacavallo (RA) and the Prints Room Anna Maroungiu Pernis of the Biblioteca Universitaria of Cagliari, and, with regard to drawings, the Civica Raccolta del Disegno of Salò (BS).
The Prints Room of the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine of Bagnacavallo (RA) was created in 1990 with the aim of preserving and exhibiting the prints collection of the Parmense Emilio Ferroni. To date, it is an important centre of research at a national level. It has two collections: the Fondo Old Master Prints and the Fondo Contemporary Prints. The second one, more relevant, is made up of more than 13,000 sheets and it is one of the most important Italian collections of contemporary engravings. The Prints Room also hosts a chalcographic laboratory dedicated to the artist Armando Donna, who donated the different instruments. Starting from 1993, it publishes Repertorio degli Incisori Italiani, an important resource on Italian engraving. Starting from 2015, the museum organises the Biennale di Incisione Giuseppe Maestri, an artistic manifestation of national relevance. The main objective of the Biennale is that of contributing to the enhancement and dissemination of the graphic language of printmaking and of stimulating the realisation of new works.
The Prints Room Anna Marongiu Pernis is entitled to the artist of the same name passed away in 1941. The birth of this institution is due to the library director of that time Nicola Valle. The group of printmakers, which originated in Sardinia between the two wars and whose aggregation point was the periodical L’Eroica, starts again its artistic production after the war. The artists of the so-called Scuola sarda are invited to donate their works. The Cabinet today owns works by Sardinian artists such as Stanis Dessì, Mario Delitala, Cesare Pirisi, Carmelo Floris, Valerio Pisano, Giuseppe Biasi, Antonio Mura Rafaele Angelo Oppo, Felice Melis Marini, Remo Branca, and Enea and Giovanni Marras. In 1947, hundreds of works have been donated to the library, which, from then one, has periodically bought works of Sardinian authors, also contemporary.
The Civica Raccolta del Disegno of Salò was born in 1983 thanks to Giuseppe Mongiello, at that time Councilor for Culture, the artist Attilio Forgioli and the art critic Flaminio Gualdoni, with the initial contribution of some private supporters. The first nucleus of the collection is made up of donations of the works acquired by these supporters, progressively increased by donations from artists and purchases. In the 1980s and 1990s, the collection, in addition to periodic acquisitions exhibitions, held personal exhibitions of artists and promoted conferences on contemporary Italian art. The institution, which has reached a permanent nature, following the agreement for its management, stipulated with the Province of Brescia in 1989, has a deposit, an archive and an exhibition section at the Museo di Salò. Its task is that of establishing a public collection fund and promoting its study and use. It consits today of about 800 works, mainly on paper, by artists of the twentieth century, with particular interest in Italian art from the Second World War until today (Lucio Fontana, Osvaldo Licini, Mario Sironi, Atnasio Soldati, Piero Dorazio, Angelo Accardi, Antonio Sanfilippo, Renato Birolli, Ennio Morlotti, Emilio Vedova, Pompilio Mandelli, Afro, Attilio Forgioli, Alik Cavaliere, Antonio Stagnoli and more recent expressions).
Exhibition ‘Renato Bruscaglia. Una donazione per Bagnacavallo’, Prints Room of the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine of Bagnacavallo. Courtesy of Museo Civico delle Cappuccine, Bagnacavallo Gabinetto delle Stampe
Exhibition Gallery, Civica Raccolta del Disegno of Salò, Salò. Courtesy of Civica Raccolta del Disegno of Salò, Salò
Ennio Morlotti, Female Nude, undated, pastel on paper, 451 x 400 mm. Courtesy of Civica Raccolta del Disegno of Salò, Salò
Prints Room Anna Marongiu Pernis, Cagliari. Courtesy of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo, Biblioteca Universitaria di Cagliari, Cagliari
Elettra Metallinò. The aggression (part.), 1996, linocut. Courtesy of Museo Civico delle Cappuccine, Bagnacavallo Gabinetto delle Stampe
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