Prints and Drawings Department
Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe (Prints and Drawings Department)
150 years after the civic collection was first established, the GAM - the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Torino opened its new Prints and Drawings Department to the public. It is a space that was created with the support of the Consulta per la Valorizzazione dei Beni Artistici e Culturali di Torino (Council for the Promotion of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Torino) for the conservation, storage and consultation of the Museum's extensive graphic collection. The Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe is located on the lower level of the Museum, an area previously been used for the storage of works not on public display.
The material held by the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe is available for consultation by appointment only.
For further information, please contact: Virginia Bertone
The graphic art collection, with its over 39,000 works comprising sheets and albums, is one of the most important Italian nineteenth and twentieth century public collections on paper. It has been fully inventoried and computerised thanks to an exacting cataloguing project that started in 2000. The collection spans the period from the last decades of the eighteenth century up to the twentieth century and includes prominent Italian artists such as Pietro Giacomo Palmieri, Giuseppe Bagetti, Felice Giani, Antonio Fontanesi, Domenico Morelli, Alberto Pasini, Giovanni Fattori, together with Leonardo Bistolfi, Felice Casorati, Filippo De Pisis, Giorgio Morandi, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti and others – as well as several foreign artists, from Bouchot, Delaroche and Boudin to Rauschenberg and Warhol. In addition to sheets of great beauty, like the large watercolour landscapes by Giovanni Battista De Gubernatis, other works are major examples of the history of Italian art: for instance Umberto Boccioni's first study for La città che sale (The City Rises) or Giacomo Balla's Compenetrazioni iridescenti series (Iridescent Interpenetrations). Modelled after the Graphic Art Departments of major museums, this space provides for the conservation of the collections in optimal conditions and welcomes visitors interested in obtaining information, conducting research and consulting original works. This new facility is now open by appointment, thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione Guido e Ettore De Fornaris.