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.
Litho XXL is a unique cooperation project between the Dutch Museum of Lithography and Make Eindhoven.
Three artists are challenged to experiment with lithography in large format, under the supervision of master printer Gertjan Forrer and creative artist Ingrid Simons. This project is created to look for new possibilities within the limits of lithography. The artists are therefore provoked to work within the trodden paths as well as beyond them.
In 2019, the first edition of Litho XXL was carried out by the artists Ide André, Marjolein Landman and Annemarie Slobbe. In September 2021, the artists Dieke Venema, Lotte van Lieshout and Fiona Lutjenhuis were selected for the second edition of Litho XXL, out of more than thirty applications.
Through the Litho XXL project, the Dutch Museum of Lithography and Make Eindhoven want to stimulate the knowledge of the technique of lithography, to bring it up to date and, moreover, to keep it alive. Also, the project will give the selected artists room to go to work in the contemporary arts with innovative and more unorthodox adaptations.
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.