German-born and New York–based artist Kiki Smith has donated her entire oeuvre of published prints to the State Graphic Collection of Munich. The gift comprises more than eight hundred works, including individual sheets, series, and artist books, dating from the mid-1980s to the present.
The donation, which was announced during the museum’s annual press conference on January 24, makes Munich the only place in the world where Smith's work as a printmaker is comprehensively represented. It will be celebrated with an exhibition set to open on February 14.
The show, “Touch: Prints by Kiki Smith,” will feature more than 160 works. The works on view will address widely varied themes including the human body, the world of animals and plants, natural phenomena and fairy tales, and probe beneath the surface of such questions as woman’s identity, the innocence of childhood and the relationship between man and woman.