In case you missed the opening of the Graphikportal

In case you didn’t see the dozens of announcements this weekend about the unveiling of the Graphikportal,, here’s the YouTube introduction in English. The site is currently only in German but we are told there will eventually be an English language option.

The working group for the Graphic Arts Networks joined forces in March 2011 at the conference “Kupferstichkabinett online” in Wolfenbüttel. Its members include around 70 print collections from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and the Netherlands (museums, libraries, archives, etc.). The aim is to agree on common digitization standards and to develop strategies for the further digital networking of graphic collections.

“250,000 works of art are now available online, including works from major museums, libraries and research institutions, such as the Kupferstichkabinette of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden or the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Also included are the Albertina and the MAK-Bibliothek and Kunstblättersammlung in Vienna, the prints collections of the ETH Zurich and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich or the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. Last but not least, the holdings of the Virtual Print Room, a cooperation of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum Braunschweig and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, will be integrated.”

All institutions are members of the international working group “Graphik vernetzt.” You can follow their progress on twitter: