Diepdruk – vlakdruk – hoogdruk – doordruk: 50 jaar Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee (1972–2022)
Camille Bladt, Laure Bovsòvers-Carette, Wouter Davidts (KB45) Eds.)
Frans Masereel Centrum & Hannibal, 2022
With this publication, the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Since its statutory establishment in 1972, the Center, named after the Belgian graphic artist, woodcarver, painter, draftsman and pacifist Frans Masereel, has grown into one of the most challenging and inspiring environments for artists and curators to develop graphics and printed matter-at-large. to research.
On the basis of extensive archival research, Intaglio printing – flat printing – relief printing – through printing sketches a rich historical portrait of this internationally renowned residence and exhibition space in Kasterlee. In six chapters and as many decades, the reader is guided through the history of the Center, deliberately seeking out the tension between the density of the chronological order on the one hand and the selective discussion of facts and protagonists on the other. The book starts in 1962, the year in which Turnhoutenaar Fons Mertens starts collecting printing presses that form the basis of the technical equipment of the later Frans Masereel Center. In richly illustrated contributions, the book pays attention to, among other things, the architecture of the Center, the cultural-political context in which it functioned, or the artist’s books it published, but it also collects interviews with former employees and artists who resided there. Each decade concludes with a selection of graphic work created at the Center, as well as a detailed chronology of events.
Intaglio printing – planographic printing – relief printing – through printing puts forward an art history that is not conceived as a sophisticated enumeration of highlights and moments of glory, but as a succession of overlapping facts and events, a condensed string of actions and decisions. IN DUTCH!