Collection of prints and drawings
Alongside around 7,000 individual plates, the holdings include nearly 400 illustrated books, periodicals and portfolio works. In a separate room the museum presents works that have been only rarely or never shown, and that otherwise remain out of public view for conservation reasons.
Since the opening of the exhibition room for prints and drawings monographic and thematic presentations have been prepared using a cross-disciplinary approach to highlight the connection between art, literature, music and the events of a period.
The collection is regularly enlarged through targeted purchases and major gifts from collectors and artists. More than 1,000 sheets come from the estate of the Düsseldorf art historian Dr. Günther Rehbein who bequeathed most of his remarkable collection to the museum in 1981. More than 40 artists’ books and portfolio works are part of the legacy of Dr. Irmgard Feldhaus. Following her earlier donations of works like Pablo Picasso’s illustrations of Balzac’s “The Unknown Masterpiece”, her bequest in 2010 enriched the collection still further with a Bible illustrated by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse’s artist’s book “Jazz.”