Galerie Michael Haas opens an exhibition with numerous drawings by diverse 19th, 20th and 21st century artists during Berlin Art Week.
Drawing – in the form of cave drawings – is as old as human culture. However, only in comparatively recent times has it been considered a work of art in its own right. In the 15th century, particular during the Renaissance and Mannerism, artists, critics and collectors began to attach a particular value to drawing. Above all it was valued as a method of studying and testing a design. In art theory, its value is seen in the correlation between an idea (concetto) and drawing (disegno) as an artistic achievement, an act of creation. Over the course of the following centuries, the medium gained more and more autonomy in relation to painting and the creative scope was broadened: colour and various techniques such as pen, pastel, chalk or watercolour opened up new artistic possibilities.