GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Turin opened to the public in 2013, the year when the city’s art collection celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding, the Drawings and Prints Library.This space aims to preserve, store, and make available to the public the Museum’s vast collection of prints, thanks to the support of the Council for Enhancing the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Turin.The Drawings and Prints Library is located below the Museum.
The Museum’s print and drawing heritage, which boasts over 39,000 works including folios and albums, represents one of the most important public collections in Italy of works on paper, dated between the 1800s and 1900s, that has been completely inventoried and digitalized thanks to a cataloguing campaign that began in 2000. The material present ranges from the final decades of the 1700s to the end of the 1900s and includes major Italian artists—such as Pietro Giacomo Palmieri, Giuseppe Bagetti, Felice Giani, Antonio Fontanesi, Domenico Morelli, Alberto Pasini, Giovanni Fattori, Leonardo Bistolfi, Felice Casorati, Filippo De Pisis, Giorgio Morandi, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti—and foreign artists, from Bouchot, Delaroche, and Boudin up to Rauschenberg and Warhol. In addition to works of great beauty, like the large watercolor landscapes of Giovanni Battista De Gubernatis, there are also documents important to Italian art history, like the preliminary studies for The City Rises by Umberto Boccioni or the series of Iridescent Interpenetrations by Giacomo Balla. Inspired by the example of Print Libraries in prestigious museums, this space allows for optimal preservation and assists visitors who are interested in getting information, conducting research, and consulting original material. By appointment only, thanks to the contribution of the Guido and Ettore De Fornaris Foundation.
For information, contact: Assunta Caruso