AEPM 2020

The importance of place: printing in the context of history and society

Annual conference of the Association of European Printing Museums
Offenbach, Germany
28-30 May 2020

Organised by the Klingspor Museum and the Haus der Stadtgeschichte (Offenbach Local History Museum).


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, Lodz, Poland // Walter Raffaelli, Raffaelli editore, Rimini, Italy // Stefan Soltek, director of the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany // Christina Wildgrube, Bildende Künstlerin, Leipzig, Germany



(The programme will be updated in the coming weeks with the definitive titles, subject resumes and information about the speakers.)

Talks will be given principally in English or in German, with simultaneous translation between these two languages. Extra help will be provided for participants who ask for French or Spanish translation.

Sessions will be held at the at the Klingspor Museum and at the nearby Haus der Stadtgeschichte (Offenbach Local History Museum).


Thursday 28 May 2020


15.00 – 16.30

At the Klingspor Museum, Herrnstrasse 80, Offenbach

Arrival of participants and registration

Registration. (If possible please check into your hotel before arriving at the Klingspor Museum.)


15.30 – 16.15

Guided tours through both the Klingspor Museum and the Haus der Stadtgeschichte.


16.30 – 18.00 Uhr

At the Town hall (Berliner Street 100, five minutes walk from the Museum)


Paul Gerhard Weiß, Offenbach city councillor

Alan Marshall, chair of the AEPM

Roland Walter, Internationale Senefelder Stiftung

Followed by a talk by

Dr. Eva Hanebutt-Benz
Former curator of the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz and founding president of the AEPM

Know-how up and down the rivers: printing and bookmaking in the Rhein-Main Area


18.45 – 19:00 /

Tuning the welcome – an organ recital by by Olaf Joksch

At the French Church in Herrnstraße, a three minute walk from the Town Hall.


19.30 – 22.30

Reception offered by Manroland Sheetfed

Transfer by bus to Manroland sheetfed (15 min by coach)

Dr. Hans Joachim Jungbluth, Hessenmetall
Rafael Penuela Torres, CEO, Manroland Sheetfed


22.30 Return to the Town Hall by coach.


Friday 29 May 2020

At the Haus der Stadtgeschichte, Herrnstraße 61, Offenbach


Morning session


09.00 – 09.30

Welcome from the Museum staff


09.30 – 10.00

Martyn Kramek
Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland

Typecasting and bookart at the Book Art Museum

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 – 10.45

Christina Wildgrube
Bildende Künstlerin, Leipzig

Pictures born out of the letter-case


11.00 -11.30

Coffee break in the Museum courtyard



Françoise Despalles and Johannes Strugalla
Despalles Editions, Xylon, Mainz & Paris

L‘ art et le message : la culture d’impression


12.30 – 13.30

Lunch at the Café Frieda


Afternoon session


13.45 – 14.15

Walter Raffaeli
Publisher and printer, Raffaelli editore, Rimini, Italy

La cosa finissima della linea e l’espressione diretissima (imediatissima) della technica.
Printing from stone-engravings: a dialogue with Anton Würth.

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.


14.30 -15.00

Joseph Belletante
Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique, Lyon, France

Le musée est un monde. The social posters art from GRAPUS and Gérard Paris-Clavel

In 2018 and 2020 the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication (Lyon, France) organised exhibitions on the work of the GRAPUS collective (1968-1990) and on 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.


15.30 – 17.30

Printing places – a tour

Volker Steinbacher: Hochschule für Gestaltung: printshop

Dominik Gussmann: Haus der Stadtgeschichte: the mother of lithography: Die Stangenpresse

Phillip Hennevogel & <usus> (Uta Schneider und Ulrike Stoltz): The New Printshop : Bernardbau


17.30 – 18.00

Coffee in the Haus der Stadtgeschichte courtyard



Klingspor Museum

Stefan Soltek
Director of the Klingspor Museum

Presentation of Joan Miró’s Makimono (1957)


19.30 -22:00

Rudolf Koch Schule

Dinner (buffet)

Welcome remarks by Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO, Koenig & Bauer


Saturday 30 May 2020


At the Haus der Stadtgeschichte, Herrnstraße 61, Offenbach


9.00 – 10.30

Annual general meeting of the AEPM (for AEPM members)

Presentations of the collections of both the Klingspor Museum and the Haus der Stadtgeschichte (Offenbach Local History Museum) will be organised for non-members who are not concerned by the annual general meeting.


10.30 – 11.30

Short communications and news from museums

  • Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany (name of speaker to be announced)
  • Philippe Merille, Atelier du livre d’art et de l’estampe, Imprimerie nationale, France
  • Ketil Oftedahl, Atelier S8, Sandnes, Norway
  • Ronald Steur, Stichting Lettergieten, Westzaan, Netherlands
  • Boba Sibalić, Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade, Serbia


12.00 – 12:45

Lunch at the Cafe Frieda


13.00 – 17.30/18.00


Participants can choose between two visits on the Saturday afternoon:

  • either the Haus der IndustrieKultur, Darmstadt
  • or the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz


Coaches will leave from car park of the Klingspor Museum at 13.00 and will return to the same place around 17.30/18.00.



On our return to Offenbach and the Klingspor Museum:

Farewell and end of the conference: Stefan Soltek (Klingspor Museum)