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Bringing engraving to the 21st century TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: VINCENZO CHIAVETTA
The Musée de la Gravure is the only one in Belgium specialised in contemporary engraving and imprinting practices. With more than 13,000 works and 1,600 local and international artists on display, the museum has gained international renown and continues to grow its portfolio of artists and activities.
works all over the world. We recently had exhibits in Poland, Brazil, Chile, France… which shows that engraving is far from being a dead art. Our mission is to prove that instead of being an old form of imprinting stuck in the 18th century, engraving is instead a very contemporary art form,” explains the press officer.
Born in 1988 out of the dream of a collective of artists with the help of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Musée de la Gravure was given a home when the municipality allocated an old swimming pool building to the arts. In 2010, they were offered an extension to the building, allowing them to gain 1,000 square meters spread over three floors for exhibitions, workshops and a conference room.
The month of December is bringing a very exciting range of activities, including a special selection of the works of rebel French artist Damien Deroubaix and the annual Prize for Engraving.
The collection brings together pieces made mostly from the 1960s to the present day and is intended to be representative of the diversity of approaches and practices of printmaking and printed art. “We have the chance to present both local and international artists and send our 76 | Issue 48 | December 2017
An exciting world to discover with your significant other, with children or as a family outing. Make sure to have a look at the museum’s agenda for an overview of current exhibitions and activities.
For the 26th edition of this prestigious prize, a call-out is made for artists across Belgium between 25 and 45 (all techniques allowed), to bring their best works from 2 December to 1 April 2018, with the winners being announced on 1 December. In parallel with the ongoing pieces on display and the special exhibitions, the museum organises guided tours and workshops as part of its educational programme, for the delight of the younger and less young artists among its visitors.
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