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Current exhibitions

Discover the international art of lithography!

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 June 1 until November 10, 2024 the exhibition Leonetto Cappiello: always something quirky is on display!

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LEONETTO CAPPIELLO

Always something quirky

June 1 until November 10, 2024

The Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) was one of the most important international poster designers and is generally known as ‘the father of modern advertising’. In the fin de siècle of Paris, Cappiello distinguished himself from his predecessors Jules Chéret (1836-1932) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) by depicting subjects in an entirely distinctive way. There is ‘always something quirky to be found in his work’, as an art critic wrote following an exhibition in 1935. Cappiello had started his artistic career as a caricaturist and settled in the French capital in 1898 to make caricatures of figures from the theatre world and the high society. Inspired by the many posters that decorated the Parisian boulevards, Cappiello decided to focus on designing advertisements. He soon developed his own unique style, that immediately caught the eye: the modern poster was born.

The exhibition Leonetto Cappiello: always something quirky will show – for the first time in the Netherlands – an extensive overview of the caricatures and powerful posters that the artist made using lithography. In addition to the iconic works Nos Actrices (1899), Chocolat Klaus (1903), Campari l’apéritif (ca. 1922) and Kub / Bouillon (1931), also the sketches, pastel drawings and gouaches that Cappiello made in preparation for his caricatures and posters are featured in the exhibition. The Dutch Museum of Lithography invites visitors to experience the oeuvre of this important artist in this unique exhibition.

Activities

Various special activities are organized around the exhibition, such as lectures and guided tours. Keep an eye on our calendar for up-to-date information!

Acknowledgment

The exhibition is made possible by the Mondrian Funds, Turing Foundation, the Cultuurfonds, the province of Noord-Brabant and the municipality Valkenswaard.

 

200 years of lithography

The amazing world of lithography

Permanent exhibition

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 Alphonse Mucha, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Kees van Dongen en Jan Sluijters, 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!

DISCOVER OUR COLLECTION

Organising a company outing?

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: info@steendrukmuseum.nl. Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Visit the museum at home

Visit the online exhibition of Alphonse Mucha, the undisputed master of art nouveau!

Alphonse Mucha

Master of art nouveau

Virtual tour

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!

VISIT THE ONLINE EXHIBITION

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Explore the world of stone printing at the Dutch Museum of Lithography! Plan your visit and book your tickets online.

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