AEPM 2021

Programme

Annual conference of the Association of European Printing Museums

Printing in Offenbach: the art of a craft and the craft in the art

Online conference
20-22 May 2021

The event is being hosted by the Klingspor Museum and the Offenbach Local History Museum (Haus der Stadtgeschichte). Exceptionally this year it is being offered as a Zoom conference. We hope to be able to bring the speakers together in Offenbach along with the staff of the host museums for the talks and discussions which will be livestreamed with various live and recorded visits to local places of printing and heritage interest. In the event that prevailing health conditions prevent the speakers from meeting in Offenbach, they will give their talks directly on Zoom.

The talks will be given principally in English.

If you would like to take part in the conference please contact Dr. Dorothee Ader at the Klingspor Museum: dorothee.ader@offenbach.de. You will receive the access link and necessary details in good time before the conference.

Participation is free of charge, though a donation to the host museums to help defray costs will be gladly accepted.

The speakers

Joseph Belletante, curator of the Museum of printing and graphic communication, Lyon, France // Françoise and Johannes Despalles-Strugalla, Despalles éditions, Paris (France) and Mainz (Germany) // Dr Eva Hanebutt-Benz, former curator of the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany // Martyn Kramek, Book Art Museum, Łódź, Poland // Walter Raffaelli, Raffaelli editore, Rimini, Italy // Stefan Soltek, director of the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany // Christina Wildgrube, Bildende Künstlerin, Leipzig, Germany

 


Parallel programmes: Offenbach / online

The online programme differs slightly from that followed by the limited number of participants that we hope to be able to accommodate in Offenbach.


Offenbach programme

Online programme

Thursday 20 May 2021

Thursday 20 May 2021

Industrial gallery of the
Offenbach Local History Museum
Online
16:00
Registration
16.30 (Central European Summer Time)
Start Zoom meeting entry 
17:00
Welcome
Dr. Stefan Soltek, Dr. Jürgen Eichenauer, Dr. Felix Schwenke
17:00
Welcome
Dr. Stefan Soltek, Dr. Jürgen Eichenauer, Dr. Felix Schwenke)
Filmed Introduction Filmed Introduction
17:30
Dr. Eva Hanebutt-Benz
The Rhine-Main-Area: A known printer’s ground along its rivers. (Eng)
17:30
Dr. Eva Hanebutt-Benz
The Rhine-Main-Area: A known printer’s ground along its rivers. (Eng)
18.00
Film Manroland
18:00
Film Manroland
18.30
Dinner
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19:00
Musical programme, with Jana Gerhart

Friday 21 May 2021

Friday 21 May 2021

Offenbach Local History Museum printshop + Klingspor Museum Online
9:30
Martyn Kramek (Book Art Museum, Łódź, Poland)
Typecasting and book art in Łódź. (ENG)
9:30
Martyn Kramek
(Book Art Museum, Łódź, Poland)

Typecasting and book art in Łódź. (ENG)
2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Book Art Museum in Łódź, renowned for its collection of contemporary book art and historical matrices for type founding. The origins of the Book Art Museum go back to the 1980’s however when it started as a private press. The talk will present the development of the Museum, focusing on its most valuable collections and the stories behind them. It will also recount the story of the recent discovery in the matrix collection of a relatively complete range of foundry matrices of a hitherto unknown typeface which had never been seen in print and which had probably never even been cast, and the story of how it was brought back to life.
Martyn Kramek is a researcher, publisher and curator who has been working with the Book Art Museum since 2004. His interests include type design and the history of the modern typography.
10:15
Francoise Despalles, Johannes Strugalla (Despalles Edition, Xylon, Mainz & Paris)
L’art et le message. La culture d’impression. (FR, ENG)
10:15
Francoise Despalles, Johannes Strugalla (Despalles Edition, Xylon, Mainz & Paris)
L’art et le message. La culture d’impression. (FR, ENG)
11:00
Walter Raffaelli (Rimini, Italy), assisted by Anton Würth
Offenbach – printing, editing lyric and literature (I, ENG)
11:00
Walter Raffaelli (Rimini, Italy), assisted by Anton Würth
Offenbach – printing, editing lyric and literature (I, ENG)
What do printing and publishing poetry have in common? How do texts and images occupy the page? Walter Raffaeli offers his experience in the field as a means of illustrating the driving forces of communication through the practice of printing. Of particular interest is the dialogue which he engaged in with the copperplate printer and book artist Anton Würth. Their collaboration proved particularly successful in the rare technique of stone engraving. Both protagonists share the view that the language of the line has a direct connection to the text as a literal lineament of the language, both of which are signs of the times.
Walter Raffaeli was born 1958 in Pesaro, Italy and studied at the Scuola del Libro, Urbino. Having obtained his MA (Maestro d’Arte) he took courses in original graphic techniques at the Accademia Raffaello di Urbino. Due to his specialisation he opened his own lithographic workshop and produced his first books which have since been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1992 Raffaeli founded his own publishing house specialised in modern poetry. To date some 800 titles have been published concerning Italian and South American poetry.
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch break
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch break
14:00
Joseph Belletante (Lyon, France)
Ne pas plier / Posters and graphic design. Printed matters by Grapus. (ENG)
14:00
Joseph Belletante (Lyon, France)
Ne pas plier / Posters and graphic design. Printed matters by Grapus. (ENG)
In 2018 and 2020 the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication (Lyon, France) organised exhibitions of the work of the GRAPUS collective (1968-1990) and of one of its founding members, Gérard Paris-Clavel (his work since 1990). This talk will present the construction of these two different and complementary projects which represent lively forms of political graphic action which pass from the street to the workshops of artists and printers. A philosophy and an art of posters which can also influence the museum – often closed in on itself – by pushing it to open up and share its space with others by celebrating the plurality of actors involved in the printing process.
Dr Joseph Belletante is director and curator of Lyon’s Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication. His research interests include the new media and visual studies, iconology and cultural practices.
14:45
Christina Wildgrube (visual artist, Leipzig)
Pictures born out of the letter-case. (ENG)
14:45
Christina Wildgrube (visual artist, Leipzig)
Making type a picture (ENG)
15:30
Film about the printshop in Offenbach.
15:45
Coffee break
15:45
Coffee break
16:15 – 18:00
Visits in small groups
Talks and presentation at the printshops of the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Druckwerkstatt (Dr. Dorothee Ader, Monika Jäger) and the lithographic press at the Haus der Stadtgeschichte (Dominik Gussmann).
16:15 – max. 16:45
Talk and presentation of the lithographic press at the Haus der Stadtgeschichte
17:00
Film about Rainer Gerstenberg one of the last trained type casters who talks about his type foundry and shows his work.
18:15 (Klingspor Museum)
Dr. Stefan Soltek
Presentation of Jean Miró’s Macimono (1955). A rare scroll printed in lithography and woodcut. (ENG)
18:15 (Klingspor Museum)
Dr. Stefan Soltek
Presentation of Jean Miró’s Macimono (1955). A rare scroll printed in lithography and woodcut. (ENG)
Makemono is the title of a transverse scroll, ten meters long, created by the Spanish artist Joan Miró. Executed as a lithograph, with individual passages added in woodcut, the extreme format offered Miró a unique terrain for unfolding the quasi-metabolic features of his language of form and color in never-ending imaginative abundance. On the occasion of the AEPM conference, the roll will be given to the Klingspor Museum by its owner as a permanent loan.
18:30
Dinner

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Saturday, 22 May 2021

In the workshops of the Klingspor Museum and the Haus der Stadtgeschichte Online
11:00 – 13:00
Guided tours of the printing studios in Offenbach – Künstler*innen/Artists – with Anton Würth, Usus, and Phillipp Hennevogl.
11:00
Start Zoom meeting, entry (Central European Summer Time)
13:00 – 14:30
Break
Café trolley and Bierzeltgarnituren at Büsinghof.
11:30
Guided tours of the printing studios in Offenbach with Usus.
14:30
Klingspor Museum collection: the best of.
Open access to the filmed talks and movies on the AEPM-Website (live).
Film about Rainer Gerstenberg one of the last trained type casters, in which he talks about his type foundry and shows his work.
17:00
Farewell: Dr. Stefan Soltek, Dr. Jürgen Eichenauer.