Il Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe
della GAM di Torino.
Storia prospettive e un punto di vista
Silvia Maria Sara Cammarata
The recent opening of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe at the GAM of Turin is the last event of a long chain that began well before the foundation of the Museo Civico in 1863. The Turinese graphic collection, including works from the late eighteenth- up to the twentieth-century, mainly grew thanks to important donations, such as those by Emanuele Taparelli d’Azeglio, Antonio Fontanesi, and Vittorio Avondo. Consequently, the urge to catalogue and study its pieces was increasingly felt across the decades. The frst, unrealized project to create a Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe was made by Vittorio Viale, who was the director of the collection from 1930 to 1965; its attempt could be fulflled only today. The planning and organization of the Gabinetto was carried out through a comparison with other European Cabinets and graphic collections: the project was inspired by modern musems standards and by a critical consciousness of past as well as contemporary artistic practices, so as to refect upon the defnition
and nature of a graphic collection.