Only Drawing can do this! From Beethoven to Pinterest

4 October 2020 to 17 January 2021

The Horst Janssen Museum has been in existence for 20 years – a wonderful reason for an anniversary exhibition in our house, which celebrates drawing as a cultural technique of man, and indeed of every human being. It is hard to imagine a world without writing and drawing pens. Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly being used to draw ideas and designs. The line is always fundamental as a design element of drawing. This phenomenon is worth pursuing. The project, which was set up by a team of five curators, is unusual and worth seeing for two main reasons:

We claim that there are still things and phenomena that only exist and are possible in hand drawing. We show what (only) drawing can do: Imagine, construct, design, record, take a stand, create identity and much more.

And finally we will bring together drawings without artistic hierarchies: Designs by Alessandro Mendini alongside craftsman‘s sketches, artistic self-portraits alongside children‘s drawings, machine designs by Tinguely alongside patent applications, anything is possible. In seven departments on two floors we gain insights into the world of costume designs, scientific drawings, outsider art, scores, court drawings, graphic novels, storyboards, pictograms, and digital and animated drawings.