Swiis Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

02/22/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2017 05:36

Old Masters for young students

The future of the collection has been in the hands of Linda Schädler, Head of the Collection of Prints and Drawings, since 2016. The tremendous breadth of the collection is said to be impressive, from the coloured woodcut Madonna of Ears by Firabet von Rapperswil (active from 1440-1480) to the most recently acquired piece, a birdhouse by artistic duo huber.huber. 'Many people are completely unaware of how many treasures are stored in our collection,' says Schädler. She would like to use the jubilee year to make the Collection of Prints and Drawings better known to wider sections of the population. For this, it is important to open it up, search for dialogue and pursue collaborations, as well as to change the perspective every now and again. This includes connecting the Collection of Prints and Drawings more closely to teaching and research at ETH. 'It is precisely something like a graphic collection that offers answers to the numerous questions that are also important and relevant to researchers of natural sciences,' says Schädler with conviction. Examples include coincidence in the artistic or scientific context, or reproduction in graphic prints and biology. She is particularly focussed on increasing awareness of the Collection's modern and contemporary works. Opening, cooperation and the focus on the present are combined perfectly in the new exhibition in the jubilee year, which is being shown under the title Eternal Present in both the Collection of Prints and Drawings and the Helmhaus.