3rd International

Printmaking Symposium

November 12-15, 2015

in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

Mission of Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Rijksmuseum Twenthe is the museum of the imagination. It’s the museum that takes you on an amazing journey along dazzling and breathtaking paths of art, culture and knowledge. It is the museum that imagines our ideas, knowledge, doubts, wonder and desires.

Rijksmuseum Twenthe is the only museum in the northern and eastern provinces of the Netherlands that has such a rich collection that it can show the complete story of art. Moreover, Rijksmuseum Twenthe conceives and programs exhibitions and events from the whole range of the Collectie Nederland (Netherlands Collection). Rijksmuseum Twenthe is thus both pillar and hub in the museum infrastructure in the Netherlands.

It contributes to an innovative and cultural climate in the eastern provinces of our country and collaborates internationally from a regional network.

Rijksmuseum Twenthe is the museum “for the visitor who seeks not a confirmation of the status quo but the disorienting, surprising and overwhelming in the fine arts.” It is the stopping place for art lovers, art connoisseurs, passers-by, families, hedonists, pessimists, schoolchildren, the old, the young, and the rest.

It juxtaposes the present day with the past in 36 rooms. These are the playful cabinets of the imagination. This is a museum in which you can lose yourself, where you come to see one exhibition and find yourself being surprised by another. The museum has no permanent exhibition, but changes and renews itself constantly. Just like society itself, and art naturally.



Five artists set up an artistic laboratory to examine the state of the art of printmaking in the 21. century. Their work is closely related to the overall topic of the symposium: space both in a tangible form and the crossing of mental borders to other art disciplines. The artists combine different forms of art with printmaking and create unconventional and experimental exhibitions of great artistic quality.
27.09. – 15.11.2015 Catriona Leahys practice is rooted in printmaking but is somewhat emblematic of how the discipline and rigor of the medium can transfer across and inform how she approaches and explores the qualities of different material in her work. Leahy examines time, duration & memory, both in a personal and wider social context, giving these inherently ambiguous, intangible and subjective phenomena a material and spatial context. Sites left in a state of abandonment or the ‘modern ruin’ often form a starting point. These sites, always in a state of flux, hovering between temporal zones, hold an eerie and compelling fascination for her.
22.11. – 03.01.2015 The artist duo of Daniela Schlüter and Stefan Demming already came together in 2014 in order to work on their project Luurn bi de Buern. Together with other artists, they offered insight into disappearence of agriculture from the public recognition and created exhibitions on farms in the Münsterland region. The cooperation of both artists has a special dynamic: Demming works in the field of media art and refers back to Schlüter’s printmaking with photo etchings.
10.01. – 28.02.2016 Karoline Riha and Muzak created the project SeenUnseenScene, in which they examine the search for images in world shaped by visual media. Their work is a hybride of the inner picture of blind people and the visualization thereof, found in a process of translating and interpretation. A dialog between sighted and blind people formed the basis of the project. Blind people could use printmaking by making use of its threedimensional tools. By using their tactile sense, they could enter the process of printmaking. Riha and Muzak used the results of this dialog and made these images accessible by using sound recordings, printmaking and animated film.