Traces of the Past

Livio Ceschin

The Sinebrychoff Art Museum exhibits the works of Italian artist Livio Ceschin along with the works of old masters – they have offered the artist a source of inspiration.

  • 8.10.2015–31.1.2016
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.

All 27 prints by Livio Ceschin (born 1962) belong to the Pieraccini Collection. The collection donated to the Ateneum Art Museum by Rolando and Siv Pieraccini presents mainly Italian graphic art, drawings and watercolour. The works of the old masters belong to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum Collections.

Livio Ceschin preserves in many ways the tradition of Italian and European printmaking in his work. In their technical sophistication and tonal richness, Ceschin’s prints represent the apex of contemporary Italian printmaking. He began making prints by studying the work of the great masters. His first two etchings from 1991 are both entitled Omaggio a Canaletto (Homage to Canaletto). Some other early works are his interpretations of prints by Rembrandt and Gianbattista Tiepolo.

One of the main characteristics of Ceschin’s work is the aim of showing time and its passage. The texts establish a link to history and the past. The passage of time is also associated with memory. It is the subtle, nuanced rendering of memory and old thoughts that give many of Ceschin’s works their quiet, melancholy atmosphere. Silence is an important element.

Interest in Ceschin has grown internationally, particularly in the 2000s. He has works in many museums and collections, including the Albertina in Vienna, the British Museum in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. In 2014 he had an important one-man show in the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam as the first invited Italian printmaker in the museum.