La Louvière

Belgium



Address:
10 rue des amours LA LOUVIERE
Belgium
B-7100
Phone: +32 64 27 87 27
Fax: +32 64 27 87 29
Website: www.centredelagravure.be

Centre De La Gravure

Le Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée (Centre for Engravings and Prints) in La Louvière, Belgium, is housed in a contemporary building with 12,900 sq ft of exhibition space spread over three levels. There is no other museum of engravings and printed art quite like it.

The present structure of the building which is both spacious and bright, still retains signs of its original function. Ceramic tiles and a sloping floor in the cellars recall the existence of a swimming pool in the 1930's. However the building situated at 10 rue des Amours was renovated in 1988 to its present appearance by the architect Hubert Pourtois and the interior designer Jean Glibert.

The museum functions both as a meeting point, and as a place for creativity and research. It is financed by the Communauté française de Belgique. Its primary objective is to promote contemporary graphic art, thanks mainly to its exceptional collection of 5,500 prints, 5,000 posters and 500 artists’ books and portfolios.

Art lovers, collectors, students and families alike can all learn about the art of engraving through various creative activities, designed in close collaboration with the artists.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The collection consists of more than 6.000 engravings of contemporary artists, Belgian and international. It also consists of a “valuable reserve


Exhibitions

Le Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée organises up to seven exhibitions a year, covering three key fields of activity:

Discovering Contemporary Graphic Art:
The Museum holds solo exhibitions of engravings and prints by internationally acclaimed artists, which present a global overview of their work, and show how their engravings tie in with other aspects of their art. « Alechinsky, 50 ans d’imprimerie », « José Maria Sicilia - En flor », « James Brown - Impressions 1986-2001 », …
Besides these international figures, the Centre de la Gravure also showcases the work of engravers who are less well known. It organises collective exhibitions which present the work of young artists, around the theme of a specific technique, such as « Les Matricielles » (January 1997).

Cultural Heritage:
The Centre de la Gravure is a beautifully designed exhibition space, which regularly hosts thematic, technical, and occasionally historical exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include « La Lithographie 1797-1997 » (September 1997), « Un siècle de Collage en Belgique » (September 1998), « Les Images d’Epinal » (September 1999), « Les Affiches chinoises 1921-2001 » (January 2003), …

Displaying the Collection:
Several times a year, the Centre de la Gravure holds thematic exhibitions of works from the collection. Its exceptional archive of graphic art makes La Louvière a major centre for engraving, not only in Belgium, but around the world.


Previous Exhibitions

(soon in english)
ITINERAIRES DE L’ART GRAPHIQUE CONTEMPORAIN EN ASTURIES
Du 21 septembre au 16 décembre 2007.


25 artistes graveurs des Asturies ont entrepris ce projet d’une exposition axée sur le thème du voyage. Voyage au sens large, métaphorique ou symbolique, il a pris son envol dans le Palais Revillagigedo de Gijón pour poursuivre sa route au Centre de la Gravure à l’automne 2007.

Péripétie collective qui prend racine dans le vécu de chacun, l’exposition déploie les multiples facettes du voyage vécu comme expérience formatrice. Les uns ont vécu et se sont formés dans les grandes villes comme Madrid, Rome ou Paris. Citons Antonio Suarez, Bernardo Sanjurjo, Reyes Diaz. D’autres ont fait escale ou multiplié leurs visites, comme Maria Alvarez, Isabel G.Cuadrado et Carlos Suarez. Certains ont préféré l’ introspection intime, , d’une manière ludique comme Jaime Rodriguez ou Carlos Suarez ; d’autres encore, tels Marta Fermin, Fernanda Alvarez ou Reyes Diaz Blanco se sont tournés vers la méditation du quotidien.
Exode, déplacement, chemin, sentier, itinéraire ou trajectoire, tout est propice à la recherche plastique. Dans cette perspective , le thème du voyage ouvre sur des interprétations plurielles et ambivalentes, tant il offre des richesses de possibilités créatives. De celles-ci se dégagent différentes tendances abstraites, géométrisantes (Beatriz Corredoira, Ana Vila) , colorées ou lyriques (Luis Fega, Antonio Suarez, Consuelo Vallina, de la Pena Israel, Bernardo Sanjurjo), ou bien encore aux f...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

from May 5th to August 19th 2007 : 2 exhibitions :
1 - Joost Swarte - Retrospective
Swarte was born in Heemstede, in 1947. Backbone of the Dutch underground, he is the inventor of the expression “clear line


Cost

Individuals :
Adults 5.00 €
Over 65 4.00 €
Students 3.00 €

Groups over 10 people
Per person 4.00€
Over 65 3.00 €

Free for accompanied children under 12
Free on the first Sunday of the month.

Guided tours in English: 1 hour for 55.00 €
Tours for maximum 20 people per guide can be arranged,
any day by appointment, 10 days ahead of time. Call us.


Opening hours

Opening hours for exhibitions
Every day from 11:00 till 18:00
Closed on Mondays

Office hours
Monday to Friday from 09:00 till 17:00


Getting there

By car:
motorway E19 Brussels – Paris,
A501 junction La Louvière (between exits 20 and 21)
Follow the signs for La Louvière and keep straight on to the town centre At the market square and church (Place Maugrétout), follow maison du tourisme (Place Mansart)
The museum is 20 m off there.

Free parking at the railway station / paid parking at the Parking communal Nicaise

By train :
La Louvière Centre station,
500 metres walking distance
Follow the signs for Centre de la Gravure

Coach park reserved on request




Museum internal and external photos (4)

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