Centre of knowledge in the field of lithography
The Dutch Museum of Lithography works on the innovation and the passing on of graphic heritage of the art of printing in the Netherlands. Projects for creative makers, in cooperation with partner organisations from the cultural field, contribute to the further development of the museum to a centre of knowledge in the sphere of lithography.
The Dutch Museum of Lithography shook hands for a special cooperation. Yearly three selected artists are allowed to get to work with lithography in an innovative way. Lithograhy is a planographic technique from the 18th century which has been used by nearly all the great artists from the 20th century.
Starting point is an innovative route during which the artists experiment with lithography in the studios of both the Dutch Museum of Lithography and in the graphic studio of Make Eindhoven. Master printer Gerritjan Forrer and artist Ingrid Simons guide them during this route.
In this way we want to stimulate, bring up to date and especially keep alive the technical know how of lithography. Moreover, we thus give the selected artists room to get to work wih innovating, more unorthodox adaptations within the art of today.
- The project XXL 2021 took place in the winter of 2021/2022. The following artists were selected : Lotte van Lieshout, Fiona Lutjenhuis and Dieke Venema.
- The project Litho XXL 2020 took place in the winter of 2020/2021. The following artists were selected: Ide André, Marjolein Landman and Annemarie Slobbe.
Artist Nanne Meulendijks designed an exclusive litho in four colours for chip manufacturer NXP Semiconductors. She was inspired by the technology of the company and the stratification of the microchip. The litho was drawn by hand on four stones by Meulendijks and it was printed by masterprinter Gertjan Forrer.
During a special event at NXP Headquarters, members of the board Guido Dierick and Steve Owen made the last print run together. This way, the connection was made between the modern microchip and the centuries-old lithographic technique.
Master(s) in lithography
With a contribution from the impulse funds of KunstLoc Brabant, the Dutch Museum of Lithography starts a Master-Apprentice programme in order to preserve the craftsmanship of stone printing. This will contribute to the development of the museum as a centre for knowledge in the field of lithography.
In a two-year Master-Apprentice programme, two pupils will be trained to become new master printers. After the training, the pupils will be employed by the Dutch Museum of Lithography. This will the artists to continue making new work with this special technique.