Saturday, 6 August 2016

Museum Mission: Litografiska museet

These are not books! They are stones. At Litografiska museet, special lime stones from outsides of Nürnberg due to Pangean geology are used to do prints. A digital offset printer - the most common printer these days - can produce 12,000 copies a day. With a litography printer run by hand from 1897, I believe one can make 700 copies in two days if you use about six colours - and there have to be three of you for that one machine. 
 The result can look something like this. 
 Or like this.
 Sometimes one can use a new stone for every colour used, sometimes one washes and repaint the motif on the same stone but with a new colour.
This bird had died outside the museum the same morning. The drawing of the artist Urban had the power of giving the bird its life back when not turned upside down. 
 To make the bird print, about one tonne of pressure is applied on the paper's surface. I tried to pull the handle, it does not require specific strength, even if you are unprepared. 
Artist Urban Palm started with litography because he found drawing on the lime stone sensual. I tried it too, before he said so, and agree.
View from the museum and atelier.
Offset printer from 1947.
Two different priests having a go at the first chapter in the Bible from the 1400's. The texts are written by hand but designed freely. When Johann Gutenberg introduced his printing technique, the priests got more time to devote to other important things, like brewing alcoholic beverages, our guide and artist Manfred van der Loo explained.
 Here he is, Johann Gutenberg.
Some essential equipment.
A nice place to go to, in other words. 

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