3rd International

Printmaking Symposium

November 12-15, 2015

in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

For more than 25 paper writingyears the Zentrum für Niederlande-Studien (Center for Netherlands Studies) in Münster has offered students, researchers, and the public a wide range of intercultural and interdisciplinary academic information on the Netherlands and Flanders, in particular about the history, politics, and culture of the Netherlands from a special bi-national perspective.

With about 350 students, the Institut für Niederländische Philologie (Institute of Dutch Philology) is the largest Dutch educational institution outside the Netherlands and Flanders.

The Bibliothek im Haus der Niederlande (Library in the House of the Netherlands) has an extensive reference library for study purposes as well as for the interested public.

The Zunftsaal (Guildhall) shows about twelve exhibitions a year, four of them under the auspices of the Zentrum für Niederlande-Studien on various themes related to the Netherlands, such as political cartoons, the fine arts, and the history of the Netherlands.

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Exhibition

In the Haus der Niederlande, SNAP 2015 presents three Dutch artists: Tanja Engelberts, Rudi Bastiaans and Erik Kok.
Facing the world wide financial crisis, Tanja Engelberts shows strangely mirrored views on conference rooms of the executive level in her artwork ‘Séance’ – a fascinating reflection on the opaque world of meetings, business and mergers in finance.

Rudi Bastiaans’ installation is connected to the exhibition venue: He works with documents of the Peace of Westphalia, that led to the establishment of the Netherlands as a nationstate. Bastiaans makes use of etching to print the words onto a metal table. His work is a time traveller’s journey back to the historic negotiation table.

In his artwork ‘How To Disappear Completely’ Erik Kok introduces two people who connect with the outer world in two totally different ways – one engaging with it openly, and the other one turned inwards. Their portrayals are fragmented and printed onto ceramic bowls, installed like oversized pixels. When walking closer, the images disappear as the single fragments become visible.

The exhibition opening takes place in the scientific institute Haus der Niederlande on 14 November 2015 at 16:00; the artists as well as representatives and guests oft he print making symposium SNAP 2015 will be present. An introduction will be given by Jan-Christoph Tonigs,custom essay service Artistic Director of Kloster Bentlage.