Exhibition of Selected New Acquisitions
۴October 2018 – ۲۷ January 2019
Prints and drawings have been an integral part of the Museum’s collection since its founding in 1753. To help navigate this extraordinary and vast collection, our latest exhibition highlights a selection of diverse works purchased, donated or bequeathed to the Museum over the last five years. Spanning across Europe, the Americas and Australasia, and dating from the 1400s to the present day, New Acquisitions: Gozzoli to Kara Walker showcases around 150 prints and drawings from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition reflects the Museum’s focus on collecting works from the 20th and 21st centuries – displaying the works of iconic artists including Georg Baselitz, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley and a monumental three-part print by the acclaimed African American artist Kara Walker. Tracing over half a millennia’s history of graphic arts, the works of contemporary artists can be seen alongside the great names of the past, such as Renaissance artists Raphael, Benozzo Gozzoli and John-Everett Millais. From fine art to satirical and popular prints, explore the British Museum’s extensive and unique collection of prints and drawings in this exhibition.