Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerpen

Posted: 12/01/2009 in Prints, Engravings & Blocks

On January 14th 2009, Wednesday, a work by Bulgarian artist Peter Lazarov will officially enter the prestigious collection of the Plantin Moretus Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.

It is, for the first time, that a Bulgarian artists’ work will enter the collection of one of the most renowned graphical museums in the world – the first printing house, whose library has been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The museum notably houses the oldest printing machines in the world (XVI century), and has in its collections a.o. the graphical work of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as a copy of the Guttenberg Bible.

The work of Peter Lazarov that will enter the collection was offered by GreenCat Gallery and accepted by the museum, and consists of a printing block and the first print of an invitation for the Frans Masereel exhibition that took place in Sofia in November 2008. One hundred prints were made of which Number 1 will now find its place in the museum, as well as the original printing block which will equally guarantee no supplementary editions of the work.

The overhanding will take place on Wednesday, January 14th, at 11 o’clock, at the Plantin Moretus Museum.  For this, we would kindly request your assistance, and hope that yourself, or a delegate from the Bulgarian embassy will be present for this exceptional moment.

The short ceremony will be headed by Mr. Toon Streppel – Head of Office of European Parliament in Bulgaria, in name of GreenCat Gallery, in the presence of Mr. Peter Lazarov, Kurt Houbrechts, Nadia Maneva, and (hopefully – of H.E. Mr. Christo Georgiev – Ambassador of Bulgaria in Brussels).

The work will be accepted officially into the collection by Mme Marijke Hellemans, Curator of the Museum, in the presence of Mr. Peter De Wilde, Cabinet expert for the Olderman of culture of the city of Antwerp, Mme Odette Peterink, Public Relations of the Plantin Moretus museum, and Mr. Guy Hutsebaut, typographical expert of the museum.

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