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EINZIGARTIG! Unika und Seltenheiten

What makes an image – especially a replicated image – unique? This is the question tackled by curator Hans Wolfgang Singer at the beginning of the 20th century in his book, "Unika und Seltenheiten im Königlichen Kupferstich-Kabinett zu Dresden". Singer addressed the topic in a surpri- sing way; without exception, he chose prints for his catalogue although at rst sight the medium of mechanically replicated graphic reproduction seems to rule out originality. UNIQUE! asks anew how we today perceive the singularity of works on paper and how we can understand it not only in terms of close observation (in the publically accessible study room) but also with distance and the aid of digital media. Through changing perspectives, the inexhaustible collection of the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett reveals itself to be a source of manifold singularities, from the fifteenth century Master of the Housebook to the contemporary artist Günther Uecker, in drawings, prints and photographs.

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