3rd International

Printmaking Symposium

November 12-15, 2015

in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

Kloster Bentlage is a former monastery of the Crosiers and dates back to 1437. It is located amidst the Bentlage recreational area in a mostly intact, historically developed cultural landscape on the left bank of the River Ems, close to NaturZoo Rheine and the historical Saline Gottesgabe salt works. The monastery complex was secularized in 1803 and has been in municipal ownership since 1978; today it is an outstanding artistic and cultural monument, renovated in a fascinating, contemporary manner that brings alive 500 years of history. Kloster Bentlage is the best-preserved example in the Westphalia region of Gothic convent building at a rural monastery. Traces of baroque and classicist construction reveal the work of the monks and also of their successors, a family of Belgian aristocrats that used the monastery as a palace from 1803 onwards.

The process of restoration has intentionally retained all these signs of age. The architectural additions have been made with modern materials, and thus the historical development can still be seen and understood in the building itself. Since the start of the 1990s Kloster Bentlage has established itself as a major center for contemporary art in the Münsterland region. Works by important German and international artists are presented in a wide-ranging exhibition program. Kloster Bentlage initiates and participates in ambitious regional and international cooperation and exchange programs.



The exhibition Statements will feature prints by international artists who have been invited to participate in the symposium in a variety of ways, with lectures, demonstration workshops, panel discussions, or other forms of presentation on a wide range of topics. Their artwork will be displayed all together in several exhibition spaces throughout the monastery and in the neighboring converted barn. The exhibited works will not necessarily relate thematically to the symposium. All artists are experts in their profession, and will be represented in this exhibition with a selection of works that provide the visitor with a statement of their artistic practices.

The artists whose work will be shown in this exhibition are Valerie Byrne, Paul Coldwell, Ramón J. Freire Santa Cruz, Joscelyn Gardner, Katrin Graalmann, Catherine Hehir, Tracy Hill, Catriona Leahy, Sarah Pike, Endi Poskovic, Ton Martens, Henk Tichelaar, Christoph Loos, Claas Gutsche, Ton Martens