Prints and Drawings (Room 90), Upper floor

Changing displays

Richard Hamilton's prints and drawings illustrating James Joyce's Ulysses

This display celebrates the recent acquisition of a group of over 90 prints and drawings which Richard Hamilton (1922–2011) made to illustrate James Joyce's modernist novel, Ulysses, first published in 1922. The works were acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme from the artist's estate by H M Government in lieu of inheritance tax, after which they were allocated to the British Museum.                                                                      

Until 31 August 2014





Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation

Drawings and prints from the Duerckheim Collection

Featuring over 90 extraordinary drawings and prints, this exhibition explores how six key post-war artists redefined art in Germany on both sides of the Iron Curtain. These remarkable works on paper, on public display for the first time, are on loan from the private collection of Count Christian Duerckheim. Half of them are by Georg Baselitz, with the remainder by Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A R Penck, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. 34 of the works in the exhibition, including 17 by Baselitz, have been generously donated to the British Museum by Count Duerckheim.

6 February – 31 August 2014

Permanent displays

Two works from the department are normally on display in the Museum:

Grayson Perry, 'Map of an Englishman' (detail) 
Michelangelo, Epifania

Other prints and drawings can be seen in the Study Room.