National Museum Wales wins the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, buys a print at Frederick Mulder by Frederick Mulder

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1894-1976)  Die Sonne, 1914 Woodcut signed in pencil, from the edition of 75.

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1894-1976) 

Die Sonne, 1914

Woodcut signed in pencil, from the edition of 75.

The IFPDA Foundation is pleased to announce the acquisitions funded by the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize at the 2016 IFPDA Print Fair. The Acquisition prize, sponsored by Champion & Partners, awarded $10,000 to the National Museum Wales to support a purchase at the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s annual Print Fair which concluded November 6, 2016.

“With the generous support of Champion and Partners, the IFPDA is delighted to award the 2016 Acquisition Prize to the National Museum of Wales,” said Michele Senecal, Executive Director of the IFPDA. “We recognize the museum’s commitment to the medium of printmaking and the value of their expansive collection of works on paper on an international level.”

David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said, “This is a real coup not only for our curator Beth McIntyre and Amgueddfa Cymru but for Wales and the UK. Yet again, we have an opportunity to demonstrate the standard of Wales’ art collection to the World and add to the richness of that collection through such a prestigious award. I must thank those responsible for selecting Amgueddfa Cymru and Champion & Partners for allowing us the opportunity to grow our important collection of fine art.”

The centerpiece of their acquisition was a 1914 woodcut by the German Expressionist painter and printmaker, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, one of the four founders of the artist group Die Brücke. The work, entitled Die Sonne (The Sun), 1914, was acquired from Frederick Mulder, Ltd., specialists in European printmaking 1470-1970. This acquisition expands the Museum’s collection in an important new direction as its first print from the German Expressionist movement. The Prize also made possible the Museum’s purchase of two prints from a recent series by Welsh artist Clare Woods, Danish Alan, 2016 and Harry the Weatherman, 2016 both acquired from Alan Cristea Gallery.

 

About National Museum Wales’ Collection of Prints and Drawings

The National Museum Wales houses around 40,000 works on paper. These comprise watercolors, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and albums. It is a broad-based collection, ranging from prints by Rembrandt and Picasso to watercolors by Cézanne and Turner and drawings by Burne-Jones and David Nash.

About the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize

Sponsored by Champion & Partners since 2012, the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize funds $10,000 in museum acquisition at IFPDA Print Fair. Since its inception in 2012, the Prize has been awarded to the Cincinnati Art Museum (2015), the Portland Art Museum (2014), the British Museum (2013), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2012).

In naming the prize, Champion & Partners pays tribute to the artist Richard Hamilton, who inspired their own appreciation of prints, and his profound influence on printmaking. The Prize was conceived to enable museums to acquire significant prints for their collections and to inspire individual collectors by illustrating the profusion of affordable museum quality works on offer at the IFPDA Print Fair.

 

British Museum prints deal completes Picasso mission by Frederick Mulder

"The British Museum has just purchased a group of mint-condition prints by Picasso worth millions, the completion of a mission to house the key European collection of the artist’s print-making skills." reports Vanessa Thorpe in The ObserverThe Guardian, Sunday 25 September. 

As quoted by Stephen Coppel, Curator of modern prints and drawings "This is the last important gap to be filled in the British Museum’s representation of Picasso’s print work [...] It is very important that we were able to acquire this work. It is one of the greatest achievements in graphic art”.

Frederick Mulder Ltd feel very fortunate to have contributed to this achievement and in so doing to continue its longstanding relationship with such a reputable institution. 

To read the full article, please click here. 

'La Provence' reviews new Picasso exhibition at MuCEM in Marseille by Frederick Mulder

A new exhibition, Picasso: A genius without a pedestal, opened at the MuCEM museum in Marseille yesterday. The show examines Picasso's influences stemming from popular arts and traditions, as well as the artisans he worked with. This includes the linocuts he created with the printmaker, Hidalgo Arnéra, and we were delighted to be able to loan some of our examples to the exhibition including Picasso's Vallauris Exposition posters, which we are told is the first time they have all been shown together, as well as a progressive set of Le Banderillero (see image). You can read the curator's introduction on the museum website here.

The French journal, La Provence, has written a wonderful review about the exhibition which can be found here.

The show runs until 29th August 2016. We highly recommend seeing the exhibition if you are able, as much for the museum building itself which was opened in 2013 and sits on the waterfront, as for the detailed journey through Picasso's body of works.

Frederick Mulder's Vallauris posters featured in the FT's 'How to Spend It' by Frederick Mulder

"Promotional prints created by artists and intended for the streets are increasingly finding their way onto collectors’ walls", writes Kasia Maciejowska in the Financial Time's luxury supplement 'How to Spend It', Saturday 20th February.

Leading the story with a reference to our Vallauris 1956 - Exposition poster by Pablo Picasso, Maciejowska discusses the renewed interest in and increasing value of exhibition posters created by renowned artists. Picasso's are of particular import because they are original linocuts, designed and cut by the artist himself. He created one every year from 1951-1964 as well as a Toros bullfighting poster for the town every year from 1954-1960.

To read the full article, please click here.

Frederick Mulder awarded 'Eminence Grise' in The Spear's 500 by Frederick Mulder

Described as "Europe’s definitive guide to the top wealth managers, lawyers and advisers for HNW individuals", we are delighted to be included in the second edition of The Spear's 500. Listed under the Art Advisor's section, Frederick Mulder has been awarded the status of 'Eminence Grise', and is the only print-specific specialist listed.

"Mulder has spent the 40 years of his career celebrating and promoting the diversity, originality and beauty of the printed medium, whether etching, lithograph or other technique. He started spanning the entire history of printmaking, from the 1460s to his day, but now he specialises in Picasso, whose prints often came out in editions of 50. That doesn’t make them easy to acquire, however, price aside: many prints ‘are still disappearing at an enormous rate into institutions’ who can’t afford original paintings or drawings, thus perhaps only half of an edition is still in private hands..."

To read the full article, please click here.

Artsy pick our Picasso linocut as one of the '16 best buys' of the IFPDA Print Fair by Frederick Mulder

After visiting the IFPDA Print Fair in New York, Artsy have selected their top 16 best buys of the fair from under $1,000 to over $1million and we are delighted to see that they have chosen our very rare Picasso linocut, Profil de Jacqueline au Foulard.

To read the full article, click here.

We are now into the last day of the IFPDA Print Fair in New York and as usual it has been great fun catching up with new and old clients alike. If you are in the city, please do come and say hi at our booth 202. For a complimentary ticket, please email hester@frederickmulder.com.

New York Times picks Frederick Mulder's Bresdin as a highlight of the IFPDA Print Fair by Frederick Mulder

We are delighted to report that Ken Johnson of the New York Times has selected our lithograph by Rodolphe Bresdin, Le Bon Samaritain as one of his highlights of this year's IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. It is a wonderful, detailed image populated by mysterious creatures hidden in the shadows of the forest.

To read the full article, please click here.

You can see this masterpiece in the flesh on our Booth 202. The fair runs today and tomorrow 12-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm. For a complimentary ticket, please contact hester@frederickmulder.com.

The Frederick Mulder stand at Masterpiece London | 2015 by Frederick Mulder

After another successful year at Masterpiece London, we are delighted to share some photos of our stand showcasing, amongst others, our three stunning Matisse cut-outs and our Picasso prints and ceramics. The images were taken by photographer Francis Ware and also feature the elegant furniture of Chelsea-Wiltshire designer, Tom Faulkner.