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Cabinet of Prints

Drawings, graphic prints, illustrated books, posters, books by artists, paper objects, printing blocks and printing plates – representing a diverse collection on a European ranking – are housed in the Cabinet of Prints.

Works by Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer, an excellent ornamental engravings collection, as well as more than four thousand graphics from Dutch artists in the 16th and 17th century, including almost the complete graphic-print oeuvre of Adriaen van Ostade, reflect the convincing mastery and thematic range to be found here. The 168 etchings by the famous Rembrandt represent a highly valuable highlight within the Golden Age collection from the Dutchman. With 42 pastels and study sheets from the French painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry, a unique collection worldwide from this famous 18th century artist is held in Schwerin.
German masters can be found here who rank among the internationally esteemed engravers and drawers, including for instance Johann Alexander Thiele, Jacob Philipp Hackert and Daniel Chodowiecki.

The graphic works from the 20th century include lithographs from Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, sheets from Max Slevogt, Walter Gramatte and Johannes Wüsten, as well as works by the Expressionists Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein. The graphic prints from Käthe Kollwitz represent one focus of the collection from the first half of the 20th century.

After 1945, the contemporary graphics created by artists in communist East Germany dominated, with coloured graphic works, drawings by sculptors and books by artists being acquired at that time. In 1989, new opportunities arose to acquire pieces by internationally relevant artists, such as Robert Delaunay, Alberto Giacometti, Hermann Glöckner, John Cage and Marcel Duchamp.

The Cabinet of Prints is open to the public, permitting visitors to observe and study graphic works in detail.


Visit the Cabinet of Prints

Volker Grießing, T +49 (0)385 5958 174,


Please contact the bpk-Bildagentur (picture agency) for image copyrights and digital copies for commercial and research purposes:

Märkisches Ufer 16-18
10179 Berlin, Germany

T +49 (0)30 – 2787 920