The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire’s collection of works on paper is one of the largest in Europe. Initially composed of engravings and drawings, it evolved over time in different directions. Its two main sectors were reunited in 2010 and now present an overview of the history of prints and drawings in Geneva from, respectively, the 15th and the 18th century to today.
Included among its exceptional holdings are the largest collections in the world of works by Jean-Étienne Liotard and drawings by Ferdinand Hodler, as well as a distinguished group of prints by Félix Vallotton, John M Armleder and Georg Baselitz. 18th-century Venetian prints and Russian and Hungarian avant-garde artists are also remarkably well represented.
27,000 drawings and pastels
350,000 prints covering more than 5 centuries of engravings
Because of the fragility of paper, the Cabinet d’arts graphiques is able to unveil its treasures exclusively during temporary exhibitions. These are centred on its permanent collections, enriched by national and international loans, and take place 2 or 3 times a year, in the intimate setting of 5, Promenade du Pin. The collections are also shown during temporary exhibitions at other venues of the MAH and can otherwise be viewed upon request, for the purpose of academic research.