Under the auspices of HRH Franz Duke of Bavaria

An event organized by the Münchner Künstlerhaus-Stiftung (Foundation)
in cooperation with:

Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München
Bay. Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation
e.a. münchen, Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Druckgrafik
Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat München
Kunstpavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten, München
Lebensversicherung von 1871 a. G. München
mbf- Kunstprojekte, München
Planparallel, Verlag und Druckwerkstatt für Originalgrafik
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
Verein für Originalradierung e.V., München
Merck Finck & CO Privatbankiers

This event has been made possible
with the support of:

Kulturreferat der Stadt München
Bezirk Oberbayern
Fa. Hipp
Kastner AG
Fa. Michael Huber, München
Römerturm Feinstpapier GmbH & Co. KG
Büttenpapierfabrik Gmund
Fa. Kremer, Aichstetten
Orterer Getränke- Märkte
Erdinger Weißbier
Fa. Aumüller, Bäckerei
Jacques` Weindepot
Bongrain Deutschland GmbH
Weinhandlung Hieber
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
Süddeutscher Verlag

we are glad about the optimism,
the positive energy, creativity
and the helping hands of:

Blanca Alonso Vidal, Federico Delfrati,
Axel Dzallas, Sarah Dudley, Verena Eschenbach,
Sandy Fischer, Ulla von Gemmingen,
Michael Hermann, Franz Hoke, Karl Imhof Elena Janker,
Ulrich Kühle, Ieva Jakušonoka, Ursula Kristen,
Melissa Mayer Galbraith, Laia Marti Puig,
Luminita Mihailicenco, Penelope Richardson,
Gesa Puell, Thomas Sebening,
Tony Seelig, Claudia Rutter-Tuchler,
Monika Vela, Julia Werkmeister


In the past few years, a new world-wide culture of exchange and cooperation has emerged in the field of fine art printmaking, in particular in the area of lithography. While previous generations were trained professionally for the commercial use of lithography and fine art lithographers kept their acquired skills and know-how as a secret, communication between artists is more open today. The further development of lithography is being discussed and promoted, and a cross-sector understanding within the printmaking trade is acquired. Modern social networks such as Facebook and Twitter facilitate a quick and lively international exchange.

It is true that the feared "dying” of printing companies has set in – at the same time, however, almost just as many new companies and ambitious projects are being established. A young generation of artists and printers are cultivating the medium with innovative esprit and new ideas. Current approaches in printmaking freely experiment with technical limits, merge techniques and go beyond ordinary dimensions. Today, a graphic print no longer is the classic panel, and it is not tied to the proverbial nail on the wall any more: artists are using techniques of printmaking for animations or sculptures and also explore the latest technique: three-dimensional printing. They do not see the future of lithography as a technique of reproduction, but rather as a non-limitable experimental art medium, with a focus on the creation of a unique object. Here, for example, the start-up company `keystone- editions´ in Berlin and the recently established `planparallel´ publishing house in Southern Germany should be mentioned.

The 2nd European Lithography Days 2012, initiated by the Steindruck München Lithography Workshop at the Münchner Künstlerhaus, are to give an overview of these new developments. At the place of origin of lithographic printing, they will offer artists, art dealers and lithographers a platform for a direct and practically-oriented substantial exchange on the present position and trends of lithography. On top of that, talks by internationally renowned experts and discussions will create a basis for the further development of the qualities of lithography.