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Turning Points. From Nolde to Oppenheim

The Schweizerische Graphische Gesellschaft (SGG) strikes a balance between constancy and change. For a hundred years, it has has been commissioning selected contemporary artists to create an original work that is then published in a limited edition of 125 and distributed to all SGG members. Moreover, for a hundred years, this society has not only been supporting and promoting both traditional and new approaches to the art of the print, but has also been rigorously challenging and debating its own decision criteria. The centenary jubilee exhibition reflects this by placing the focus on crucial turning points in the history of the SGG, presenting works that have marked a new departure and have, at times, caused controversy. The ETH Zürich‘s Collection of Prints and Drawings is marking the centenary of the SGG with an exhibition that looks back on decades of patronage devoted to the art of the print and examines the selection criteria applied by the society. At what times were these criteria the subject of intense debate? And in what ways have the selection criteria changed? In six chapters, the exhibition charts the most notable turning points.

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