The Musée des Beaux-Arts has chosen to explore the world of contemporary printmaking, focusing in particular on the most spectacular and heterodox productions.
A true plea in favour of contemporary printmaking, the exhibition brings together some forty works in spectacular formats by Pierre Alechinsky, Georg Baselitz, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Frédérique Loutz, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra and Antoni Tàpies... Great international artists are at the rendezvous of this XXL project!
Rich with an important collection of ancient engravings*, the Caen Fine Arts Museum explores contemporary printmaking every year through the prism of a unique theme. In 2019, he became interested in his most monumental and heterodox productions, each in its own way reflecting a new conception of print creation. Five hundred years after Albrecht Dürer, whose colossal Arc de Triomphe by Maximilian I assembled no less than thirty-six printed sheets, artists are more than ever in favour of the large format, as the print has long since ceased to be an instrument for the dissemination of images and has become a collector's item as well as a research space and a field for experimentation.
To create these extraordinary works, artists seize all the techniques without a priori, from the most traditional (xylography, linocut, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen printing...) to the most innovative (mural paper, pigmented prints of scanned and computer reworked works, digital printing of drawings on iPad). In close collaboration with their printers, they willingly play with the limits of printmaking (gigantism, seriousness, collage...), use all kinds of paper but also other printing media such as fabric, plaster, canvas, copper, finally question the modes of representation such as image manufacturing systems.Many of the major art players of the last fifty years have taken up this intellectual, visual, technical and economic challenge, including the thirty-six artists present in the exhibition: Vito Acconci, Gilles Aillaud, Pierre Alechinsky, Georg Baselitz, Christiane Baumgartner, Jean-Charles Blais, James Brown, Pierre Buraglio, Daniel Buren, Eduardo Chillida, Claude Closky, Gunter Damisch, Jim Dine, Luciano Fabro, Patrick Gabler, Franz Gertsch, Antony Gormley, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Bruno Hellenbosch, David Hockney, Cristina Iglesias, Alain Jacquet, Jannis Kounellis, Frédérique Loutz, Markus Lüpertz, Agathe May, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Christian Schwarzwald, Richard Serra, José Maria Sicilia, Kiki Smith, Frank Stella, Antoni Tàpies, Djamel Tatah.
Echoing the exhibition, the Mancel gallery presents large format prints made by students from the Caen/Cherbourg Higher School of Arts & Media during a workshop supervised by Myriam Mechita and Julien Pelletier.