PRINT AT THE KESSELHAUS

Exhibition by the BBK Oberfranken featuring printmaking works on the occasion of the “Day of Printing Art” at the Kesselhaus Art Space in Bamberg. March 16th to May 5th, 2024

The fascinating world of printmaking takes center stage in a unique art exhibition presented on the occasion of the “Day of Printing Art” at the Kesselhaus Art Space in Bamberg. On March 15, 2018, traditional printing techniques were inscribed into the nationwide directory of the intangible cultural heritage by the German UNESCO Commission. Therefore, every year on this day, the “Day of Printing Art” is observed as an initiative of the Federal Association of Visual Artists dedicated to promoting and showcasing printmaking. On March 15, 2024, the exhibition opens, inviting visitors on a creative journey through the history of printmaking.

Printmaking has a rich tradition dating back to antiquity. From early woodcuts to the development of copperplate engraving and the revolutionary invention of printing by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century, this art form has continued to evolve. The printmaking works of the artists have been created using a variety of techniques, from traditional relief and intaglio processes to embossed prints and experimental works such as monotypes or material prints, showcasing the diversity of printmaking in its entirety.

In an era dominated by digital technology, analog printmaking is increasingly gaining significance. The unique tactile experience and authenticity of hand-printed works contrast with digital reproducibility. As a craft, printmaking not only offers creative expression but also demands respect for craftsmanship and artistic individuality.

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