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An adventure of art Get swept away at De Reede: one of the few museums in the world exclusively dedicated to graphic art and works on paper. Shining a bright light on the works of masters Francisco Goya, Félicien Rops and Edvard Munch, this intimate Antwerp museum takes you on an adventure through this unique and undiscovered form of art. “People often don’t know much about graphic art,” begins Harry Rutten, initiator of the project. “It is often thought that graphic works are mass-produced, yet they are anything but. Graphic artists are extremely precise and skilled. Each work is unique.” After a complete renovation, Museum De Reede celebrated its opening in June 2017. Museum De Reede joins a very limited group of (inter)national organisations that have made graphic art their specialism. Its collection comprises works on paper: lithographs, engravings, etchings, wood prints and drawings from more than a dozen artists from seven countries. Works date back to the 17th - 21st
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: MUSEUM DE REEDE
century. The museum mainly concentrates on the work of three masters: Francisco Goya, Félicien Rops and Edvard Munch. Being recognised as main critical observers of their times, De Reede places their work in dialogue with contemporary social and cultural expressions. De Reede is unique in presenting its entire collection to the public without any restrictions. “Literally everything hangs on the wall,” Rutten enthuses. The Antwerp location for the museum is no coincidence: not only is the city an intersection of the north-south axis, it is also a contemporary centre of culture and has been honouring the art of printmaking for centuries.
On the Waves of Love, Edvard Munch.
Pornocrates, Félicien Rops.
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