About the foundation

The Tavolozza Foundation

Founded in 2001 by Katrin Bellinger, the Tavolozza Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organisation based in Munich. Named Tavolozza, the Italian word for palette, the flat surface on which a painter arranges and mixes paints, the Foundation offers a range of support to museums, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. This includes providing funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, scholarly publications as well as special projects such as conferences and study days.

The Foundation is particularly interested in furthering research into the theme of the artist at work and promoting it internationally through educational initiatives. Works encompassing that precise subject form the core of the Katrin Bellinger collection, which is also administered by the Foundation (see under Collection).

For information on applying for grants, please e-mail info@tavolozzafoundation.com

 

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The Foundation offers a range of support to museums, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. This includes providing funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, scholarly publications as well as special projects such as conferences and study days. The Foundation is particularly interested in furthering research into the theme of the artist at work and promoting it internationally through educational initiatives. For more information or to apply for support please email info@tavolozzafoundation.com

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Special Projects

The Artist's Studio Museums of Europe

The Foundation supported the initiative to create the first-ever international network of museums based on artists’ former studios or homes: www.artiststudiomuseum.org. Launched in 2016 the network, concentrating on museums in Europe, provides resources and exciting collaborative opportunities intended to inspire future exhibitions and publications. The Tavolozza continues to support the project, overseen by Dr. Nicholas Tromans, Brice Curator, and Kirsten Tambling at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, and its continued growth as studio museums are added regularly to the website.

William Shipley Group for RSA History

The Tavolozza supported the William Shipley Group for RSA History Symposium, held at the Royal Academy on Friday, 27 March 2015, ‘Drawing: A Pre-eminent Skill’. William Shipley (1715-1803) was a drawing master and founder of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 1754. One of the first aims of the Society was to encourage drawing ability in young boys and girls, in the hope that good design would reinvigorate the British school of painting as well as induce the production of increasingly competitive British manufactured goods. To mark the tercentenary of Shipley’s birth in 2015 and to honour Shipley’s biographer and historian of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Dr David G.C. Allan, the William Shipley Group for RSA History held a one-day symposium. The event considered the story of drawing schools from their inception up to the foundation of the Royal Academy, with a focus on the work of Shipley’s own school. It also explored the work of a regional academy. See the Press page for Dr Susanna Avery-Quash’s report on the symposium for the William Shipley Group newsletter.

International Colloquium on Artists' Studio Museums, Watts Gallery

The principal focus of the Tavolozza is the representation of the artist at work, particularly in the atelier with its original trappings. To this end, the Foundation supports initiatives that explore the subject such as the International Colloquium on Artists’ Studio Museums held at the Watts Gallery, the last remaining artist studio and house of the 19th century retaining its original collection, in Surrey on 15 November 2013.

The aim of the colloquium was to establish an international network of Artists’ Studio Museums. Pioneered by the Watts Gallery in collaboration with Giles Waterfield, Senior Research Fellow, the event explored opportunities for some of the most important Artists’ Studio Museums to promote international co-operation between museums devoted to the preservation of artists’ studios.  Speakers included directors and curators from a range of institutions including the Rubenshuis, Antwerp; the Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham; Francis Bacon’s Studio, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane; the Max Liebermann Villa, Berlin; the Polenovo Museum, Russia; the Musée Bourdelle, Paris; and the Gallen-Kallela Museum, Helsinki.

A resounding success, the colloquium resulted in establishing a framework to launch the first ever international network of artist’s studio museums.

See www. artiststudiomuseum.org

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Museums and Galleries

The Tavolozza Foundation supports public art collections across the United Kingdom, Europe and North America including the following:

UK

The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge (supported the acquisition of the Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme)
Art UK (website) London
Sir John Soane’s Museum London (Trustee; Supporter, ‘Adopt-a-Model’ initiative)
The National Gallery London (Trustee & The George Beaumont Circle)
The British Museum London (The Ottley Group & The Vollard Group)
Victoria and Albert Museum London
The Wallace Collection London
Leighton House London
Royal Academy of Art London
The Courtauld Gallery London
The Ashmolean Museum Oxford (The Elias Ashmole Society)
The Watts Gallery Guildford, Surrey
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton, Wakefield (Supporter Circle)

Europe & USA

The Rembrandthuis Amsterdam
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
The Kunsthalle Hamburg
The Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
The Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlung Munich
The J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles (The Disegno Group)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York (Visiting Committee, Department of Drawings and Prints)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York (Visiting Committee for Paper Conservation)

Support

Cultural and Educational Institutions

The Foundation also provides funding to a variety of organisations that promote the liberal arts and education.

The Royal Drawings School London (Patron)
The Royal Opera House London (Maestro's Circle)
IntoUniversity London
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich
Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen Munich
Master Drawings Association New York
L’Association Mariette Paris
The Hazara Charitable Trust Romford
Scholarship, MA in the in Art Market and the History of Collecting, The University of Buckingham and the National Gallery in association with Waddesdon Manor Buckingham and London
Scholarship, History of Art and Film Department, University of Leicester Leicester
The University of Reading Reading

SUPPORT

Publications

Jan Marsh, with contributions by Peter Funnell, Charlotte Gere, Pamela Gerrish Nunn, and Alison Smith, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, exhibition catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2019

Catherine Jenkins, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Freyda Spira, The Renaissance of Etching, exhibition catalogue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019

Kate Macfarlane ed., with an essay by Hannah Williams and texts by Marco Livingstone, Deanna Petherbridge, Karsten Schubert, Anita Viola Sganzerla and Colin Wiggins, Close: Drawn Portraits, exhibition catalogue, Drawing Room, London, 2018

Dr. Nino Nanobashvili, Die Ausbildung von Künstlern und Dilettanti: Das ABC des Zeichnens, Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg, 2018

Deanna Petherbridge and Anita V. Sganzerla, Artists at Work, Paul Holberton Publishing with The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2018

Dr. Thea Vignau-Wilberg, Catalogue Raisonné of Joris Hoefnagel & his son Jacob, (in preparation)

Sonja Brink and Beat Wismer (eds.), Idea Et Inventio: Italienische Zeichnungen des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts aus der Sammlung der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf im Museum Kunstpalast, Band1, Imhof Verlag, Petersberg, 2017

Michael Plomp, Martin Sonnabend and Christoph Vogtherr (eds.), Watteau, Thoth, Uitgeverij, 2017

Building Identity: Chaim Gross and Artist’s Homes and Studios in New York City, 1953-74, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, New York, 2017

Lucia Tantardini, Aurelio Luini: The Complete Paintings and Drawings, Ugo Bozzi Editore, Rome (in preparation)

Yuri Primarosa, Ottavio Leoni (1587-1630), eccellente miniator di ritratti. Catalogo ragionato dell’opera grafica e pittorica, Ugo Bozzi Editore, Rome, 2017

Nicole Hegener (ed.), Nackte Gestalten: Die Wiederkehr des antiken Akts in der Renaissanceplastik/Naked Revival: The Return of the Ancient Nude in Renaissance Sculpture, proceedings of international conference, The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 7-9 April 2016 (forthcoming, expected Autumn 2017)

Special issue of Upstate Diary dedicated to Alexander Calder, 2, 2016

Sibylle Appuhn-Radtke, Josef H. Biller, Dagmar Dietrich and Maria-Luise Hopp-Gantner (eds), Johann Andreas Wolff (1652–1716) – Hofmaler und Kunstintendant, Munich, 2016

Kurt Zeitler (ed.), Linien – Musik des Sichtbaren: Festschrift für Michael Semff, Berlin, 2015

Notes in Honor of William W. Robinson, special issue of Master Drawings, 53, no. 4 (Winter 2015)

Adriano Aymonino and Anne Varick Lauder, Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal, Libanus Press with Sir John Soane’s Museum, London and The Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 2015

Peter Märker, Carl Philipp Fohr 1795-1818. Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Munich, 2015

Kurt Zeitler, Linien – Musik des Sichtbaren: Festschrift für Michael Semff, Berlin and Munich, 2015

Florian Härb, The Drawings of Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), Rome, 2015

Gottfried Boehm, Matthias Schaller: Das Meisterstück, 2015

Stijn Alsteens, ‘The Drawings of Pieter Coecke van Aelst’, Master Drawings, 52, no. 3 (Autumn 2014)

Claudia Schnitzer, Constellation Felix: Die Planetenfeste Augusts des Starken anlässlich der Vermählung seines Sohnes Friedrich August mit der Kaisertochter Maria Josepha 1719 in Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, 2014

Peter Schatborn and Leonore van Sloten, Old Drawings, New Names: Rembrandt and his Contemporaries, Amsterdam, 2014

Adriano Aymonino, with Lucy Gwynn and Mirco Modolo, Paper Palaces: The Topham Collection as a Source for British Neo-Classicism,  Eton College, 2013

Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Georges Brunel and Camille Debraban, The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century Drawings from the Paris Academy, London, 2013

Fritz Koreny, Hieronymus Bosch. Die Zeichnungen. Werkstatt und Nachfolge bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts, Turnhout, 2012

Support

Exhibitions

The Foundation sponsors many exhibitions and catalogues of Old Master drawings, paintings as well as contemporary art.

Current & forthcoming

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company

The Wallace Collection, London  4 December 2019 — 19 April 2020

The Wallace Collection presents Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company. Guest curated by renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple, this is the first UK exhibition of works by Indian master painters commissioned by East India Company officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

See: www.wallacecollection.org/whats-on/exhibition-forgotten-masters-indian-painting-for-the-east-india-company/

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

National Portrait Gallery, London  17 October 2019 — 26 January 2020

170 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, this show reveals the women behind the pictures and their creative roles in Pre-Raphaelite’s successive phases between 1850 and 1900.

 

See: www.npg.org.uk/whatson/pre-raphaelite-sisters/exhibition/

Picasso and Paper

Royal Academy of Arts  25 January — 13 April 2020

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together more than 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

See: www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/picasso-and-paper

Past

Edmund de Waal: psalm

Venice  8 May — 29 September 2019

Rembrandt’s Mark (Rembrandts Strich)

Kupferstich-Kabinett, Residenzschloss, Dresden  14 June — 15 September 2019

The exhibition celebrated Rembrandt as artists’ artist – as teacher, paragon, source of inspiration, authority and challenge for others.

Learn more here: https://kupferstich-kabinett.skd.museum/en/exhibitions/rembrandts-strich/

The Nude Mona Lisa

Musée Condé, Chantilly, France  1 June — 6 October 2019

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, the Domaine de Chantilly celebrated the artist’s genius through one of his lesser-known and enigmatic yet seminal work: the Nude Mona Lisa.

See: www.domainedechantilly.com/en/event/the-nude-mona-lisa/

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York  12 October 2018 — 6 January 2019

Idea and Inventio: Italian drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries

Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf  24 March — 18 June 2017
Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva  29 September 2017 — 7 January 2018

Hardly any period brought to the fore as many epochal artists in Italy as the 15th and 16th centuries. The broad spectrum of artists shown in this exhibition ranged from Perugino and Raffael, to Michelangelo, Veronese and Barocci through to Vasari.

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

National Portrait Gallery, London  13 July — 22 October 2017

The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters was explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Raphael: The Drawings

The Ashmolean, Oxford  1 June — 3 September 2017

Not Vital

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield  21 May 2016 — 2 January 2017

Making Colour

National Gallery, London  18 June — 7 September 2014

Franz Ludwig Catel: Italienbilder der Romantik

Hamburger Kunsthalle  16 October 2015 — 31 January 2016

Further information www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album

The Courtauld Gallery, London  26 February — 25 May 2015

Johann Christian Reinhart, Ein deutscher Landschaftsmaler in Rom

Kunsthalle Hamburg  26 October 2012 — 27 January 2013

Master Drawings

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford  25 May — 18 August 2013

Fragonard, Poesie und Leidenschaft

Kunsthalle Karlsruhe  30 November 2013 — 23 February 2014

The Beauty of the Line: Stefano della Bella as a Draughtsman

Kunsthalle Hamburg  25 October 2013 — 26 January 2014

The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure

The Courtauld Gallery, London  17 October 2013 — 12 January 2014

A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón Collection

Leighton House Museum, London  14 November 2014 — 6 April 2015

Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London  25 June — 26 September 2015
Teylers Museum, Haarlem  11 March — 31 May 2015

Further information www.soane.org

Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Musée Bourdelle, Paris  31 March — 12 July 2015
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  4 October 2014 — 25 January 2015