Discover the international poster art!
In addition to the permanent collection, the Dutch Museum of Lithography regularly highlights a special artist or a specific theme with a new exhibition.
From 15 February to 31 July 2022, the unique exhibition ‘Privat-Livemont, master of Belgian art nouveau’ is on display!
Art nouveau master of Belgian poster art
February 15 until July 31 2022
February 15 until July 31 2022
The Dutch Museum of Lithography presents (for the first time since 1904!) a unique retrospective of the lithographic oeuvre of Privat-Livemont, the grand master of Belgian poster art. His work is often bracketed together with prominent contemporaries such as Alphonse Mucha and Adolphe Crespin.
Privat-Livemont (1861-1936) was one of Belgium’s most productive graphic artists. He made his breakthrough in 1896 with his famous advertising poster for the Belgian absinthe brand Absinthe Robette. His art nouveau style was very popular with Dutch, Belgian and French entrepreneurs, including Cacao Van Houten, Boldoot and Bols. In addition to his popular posters, Privat-Livemont was also a painter-decorator responsible for many of the sgraffiti drawings on art nouveau façades in Brussels.
A first in Valkenswaard
Despite the popularity of his work, Privat-Livemont’s collection became fragmented not long after his death. It has therefore been over one hundred years since Privat-Livemont’s oeuvre was last exhibited in the Netherlands.
Discover the master of the Belgian art nouveau!
200 years of lithography
The amazing world of lithography
The Dutch Museum of Lithography is the only museum in the world on the art of stone printing and lithography. Since 2001, the museum has been responsible for the preservation of this graphic heritage. This is partly due to the impressive collection assembled by the museum’s founder, Peter-Louis Vrijdag M Sc.
The museum collection of the Dutch Museum of Lithography includes book illustrations, cartography, advertising posters and lithography by famous artists such as Kees van Dongen, Alphonse Mucha, Adolphe Willette and Jan Sluyters, but also playing cards, labels, postcards, prints, caricatures and (satirical) magazines.
We would also like you to discover how lithography has developed into today’s world of mass image communication. From the first hand presses and the immense speed presses of the 19th and 20th centuries, to today’s microchip technology.
Come and visit our museum and workshop, and experience the art and technique of lithography yourself!
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Special arrangements for groups and guided tours can be discussed (also outside of regular opening hours).
Please contact our office by phone: +31 (0)40 204 98 41 or by e-mail: email@example.com. Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Master of art nouveau
Around 1900, artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) created his own style in cosmopolitan Paris. Le Style Mucha became synonymous with French art nouveau.
His first innovative 1894 lithograph for the play Gismonda, starring Parisian theatre star actress Sarah Bernhardt, made Mucha instantly famous. His lithographs with graceful lines, fresh pastel tones and lush motifs of sensual, melancholy women grew to become icons of the fin de siècle.
A retrospective of his magnificent lithographic work was on display at the Dutch Museum of Lithography between 21 March 2020 and 10 January 2021, and is still to be visited virtually!
Virtual museum tour
Did you miss the exhibition about Alphonse Mucha, or would you like to look at all the artworks again at your leisure? Then take a digital stroll through this special exhibition in the Dutch Museum of Lithography!