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Art and the Printing Press, VII International Biennial of Engraving, Cremona, Italy

From the press release.

From March 27 to April 30, 2011

Opening:  Sunday March 27, 2011

Location: Museo civico “Ala Ponzone”, via U.Dati 4, Cremona

– 7th International Small Engraving Exhibition

This Exhibition, exclusively on invitation, includes 120 artists coming from about 50 countries all over the world.  The works in exhibition are 240 (maximum size 25 cm x 35 cm), made in recent years, with chalcographic or relief  techniques; the major part of these works will be donated by the artists to join the important collection of original contemporary graphic art already in the collection at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints at the Museo Civico “Ala Ponzone” of Cremona.

– Canadian Printmakers

This seventh edition of the Biennial sees  Canada as guest country. The Exhibition presents 40 works, some of large format (from “traditional” engraving techniques to the new methods), representing the best of the actual graphic art production realized by twenty among the most important Canadian artists selected by curators Laurence Quetelart (for Quebec) and Derek Michael Besant, artist and teacher to the Alberta College Art & Design, Calgary, both authors of the texts in catalog.

Location: A.D.A.F.A., Casa Sperlari, Via Palestro 32, Cremona

An Italian Printworks of Art: Torchio Thiene

In the field of Italian printworks of art, “Torchio Thiene”, directed by Armando Martini, printer and publisher, has  distinguished since the first years ’70 in the field of  research and experimentation of  chalcographic engraving, becoming shortly a point of reference for young artists, but more affirmed authors Italian as well as foreigners. The Exhibition presents recent works realized by the artists at this printworks in Thiene, with new techniques developed by the same Martini. Text in catalog of Giovanna Grossato, art critic.

Location: “Museo della Stampa” Via Lanfranco 6, Soncino (CR)

Ex Libris – Man and his Environment

In contemporary, the section dedicated to Ex libris, organized by A.I.E. (Italian Association Ex Libris)  and its president, Mauro Mainardi, with the collaboration of the Pro-Loco of Soncino, this year presents  a collection of about 150 small but precious prints inspired by the fundamental themes for our future, those of Ecology and of  man in relation to the environment in which he lives; ex-libris realized by extraordinary Italian and foreign artists, specialized in this particular kind of work.


To be noted that during the whole period of the exhibition, in the Museo civico in Cremona, a didacticworkshop will be set up: on request, brief theoric explanations and practical demonstration on how to make an original print on a chalcographic press will be available to schools and visitors.  The International print exhibition “Art and the Printing Press”, is organized by A.D.A.F.A.(Amici dell’arte-Famiglia artistica) in collaboration with the Municipality of Cremona.


General curator is Vladimiro Elvieri, assisted by an International scientific committee, composed of eminent personalities in the field of art. Catalogue ADAFA Editions; critical texts by V.Elvieri, S.Tarquinio, D.M.Besant. L.Quetelart, G.Grossato, M.Mainardi.


Scientific Committee and Invitation Committee: Renzo Margonari (artist, art critic) – Hector Saunier (artist, director Atelier Contrepoint, Paris) – Mauro Mainardi (president A.I.E.) – Laurence Quetelart (curator, Quebec, Canada) – Derek Michael Besant (artist, curator, Canada) – Giovanna Grossato (art critic) – Sergio Tarquinio (artist) – Vladimiro Elvieri (artist, general curator).


Organization: A.D.A.F.A, Via Palestro 32 (P.O. BOX 19) 26100 Cremona (Italy)

Tel & fax +39 0372 24679 –  e-mail: info@artetorchio.it www.artetorchio.it

Pro Loco Soncino, e-mail. prolocosoncino@tin.it   www.prolocosoncino.it


During the inauguration, on March 27th 2011, at the Civic Museum “Ala Ponzone” of Cremona, the Canadian-French artist Pierre Martin (EGIDE), will make a practical demonstration regarding the technique of burin engraving.


Sunday March 27, 2011

11.00 a.m.     Soncino (CR), Print Museum, via Lanfranco 6

4.30 p.m.       Cremona, Civic Museum, via U.Dati 4

6.30 p.m.       Cremona, ADAFA, Sperlari House, via Palestro 32