Visit of the "International Senefelder Foundation
in Eichstätt (13/14 October 2018)
Li Portenlänger from the Lithography Workshop Eichstätt invited a tour group from the International Senefelder Foundation in Offenbach on the weekend to get to know the medium of lithography on site and up close in the Mörnsheim quarries, in the Mayor-Müller-Museum Solnhofen and in their workshop.
Her enthusiastic tour
was supported by top-class advice from Mr. Vogg, the last stone worker in the "Finishing of the litho stone" at SSG Maxberg and Dr. Ing. Viohl, the former head of the Jura Museum.
For more than 40 years, the International Senefelder Foundation Offenbach has been committed to promoting internationally active lithographers and every three years to the awarding of the prestigious Senefelder Prizes. Here, the litho stone, which is mined in Solnhofen plays an outstanding role. Due to the fine grain, it has a unique selling point; i.e. since the invention of lithography by Aloys Senefelder (around 18oo), all lithographers who pay attention to quality worldwide rely on the stone from the Solnhofen / Mörnsheim mines.
Dr. Viohl has informed the friends of the Senefelder Foundation with his lively lectures about the origin of the "Flinze" (limestone layers), their exclusively manual work based mining and the initially arduous transport of the sometimes over 200kg heavy stones by rail and ship all over the world.
Despite the arduous work, the litho stone of the originally poor Jura region has helped to bring about a degree of prosperity.
The documentation of this exciting success story was presented to the litho friends in the Bürgermeister-Müller-Museum.
Ms. Portenlänger did not miss the opportunity to visit her lithographic workshop, which is regularly visited by important lithographers for her own work and now shows works from the last 20 years, the historic old town of Eichstätt with the lithobegeisterten friends from Offenbach.
Text: Dr. Volker Dorsch
Pictures: Dr. Volker Dorsch, Dr. Harry Ness
Dear friends of lithography,
I am pleased to inform you that the "Artistic Printing Techniques of High Pressure, Intaglio, Flat Printing, Puncture and Their Mixed Forms" were included in the Nationwide List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in March 2018 by resolution of the German UNESCO Commission. I forward the mail of the "Museum of Druckkunst Leipzig" to you.
The enthusiasm of lithographers for lithography, which was felt at the Colloquium in Offenbach in December, has now been confirmed by the UNESCO Commission.
On March 6, 2018, after 16 years, Mr. Martin Lange hands over the chairmanship of the Advisory Board of the
International Senefelder Foundation to Mr. Gert Kaiser:
Martin Lange: Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
A blessed creation for the print-art!
The International Senefelder Foundation wishes all friends of lithography
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
International colloquium of the lithographers on the 5th and 6th of December 2017:
(OFFENBACH POST, 6.12.2017)
Invitation to the IADM Annual General Meeting on 9 November 2017