Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut
Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Art prints and illustrations archive

The Art Prints and Illustrations Archive comprises around 2.070 high-quality prints from Latin America, mainly originating from Mexico. Particular highlights of the archive include the “Estampas de la Independencia y la Revolución”, the prints produced by the “Taller de Gráfica Popular” and the “José Guadalupe Posada” collection.

Poster TGP

Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP)

This artists’ collective, which was founded in Mexico in 1937, played a key role in popularizing revolutionary social causes and promoting critique of fascism. Using linocuts and woodcuts, the collective produced over 3,000 posters, pamphlets and illustrations. The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) owns approx. 250 of these works (dating from 1937 to 1977). This collection is ongoing.

Catalogue exhibition

Estampas de la Independencia y la Revolución

To mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution in 2010, the Museo Nacional de la Estampa (MUNAE) del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) in Mexico donated 52 works of graphic art to the Ibero-American Institute (IAI). The series consists of commissioned pieces by renowned artists, such as Helen Escobedo, Leonora Carrington, Fernando Aceves Humana and Roberto Turnbull. Using woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and sculpture, the artists explore the topic of freedom.

Link to 2012 exhibition
Catalogue exhibition

Mexican Prints

The political graphic artworks of José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) cast a critical eye on the Mexican upper classes and the government of Porfirio Díaz (1830-1915). Among his best-known pieces are the “calaveras”, satirical illustrations featuring skeleton motifs. Posada was viewed as an artist of the people and shunned by academic circles. It was not until he was discovered by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) that he finally found critical acclaim. The Ibero-American Institute’s (IAI) Art prints and Illustrations Archive is home to more than 700 works.

Posada in the Digital Collections IAI

Terms of use

Unfortunately, the art prints and illustrations cannot be taken out on loan. Please arrange an appointment in advance if you would like to view the collection.

Consultation hours:

Monday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Wednesday: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (virtually)

Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Contacts:Daniela Rokoß-Heiß
Caterina Indolfo
Telephone:Daniela Rokoß-Heiß, Tel.: +49 30 266 45 2170
Caterina Indolfo, Tel.: +49 30 266 45 3131

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