From Gutenberg City Mainz to China — the Land of invention of paper and printing Art
The art of printing on an equal footing with the fine arts, especially painting!
First stations in Shanghai and Beijing
Since summer of 2014 Andreas Weber in a team with Dr. Ying Lin-Sill several meetings and events were held in the Gutenberg City of Mainz with high-ranking guests from China. The guests were delighted with Mainz as a center of the culture of communication. The spirit of Gutenberg as a “Man of the Millennium” is still felt today and impressed. Similar to a few years ago already visionaries of Silicon Valley were inspired, most notably Professor Jeff Jarvis (author of “Gutenberg – The Geek”), who visited Mainz in person.
Our honorable Guests from China suggested to conceive an exhibition on the culture of print communications. So among others, Prof. Yu Hiu, Deputy Director The National Palace Museum, Beijing. The exhibition is now coming to life and will be designed in Mainz and then shown in Beijing and Shanghai, with the project title “SURPRISE: The Art of Print”.
This especially against the background that, while some 2,500 years ago the paper got invented in China. And around 1,000 years ago, printing with stone slabs and wooden letters appeared the first time in China as well. However, since that print innovations take place outside China and are no longer used as such by the art scene in China.
The focus of the project are based on the results of the scientific work of Professor Wilhelm Weber (former Director of the Mainz State Museum/Landesmuseum Mainz), his publications (especially “Saxa Loquuntur” and “Aloys Senefelder”), including an exclusive collection of original graphics focusing lithographs (Stone printing). In addition the ValuePrint Lab by Andreas Weber delivers strong support to develop and showcase the innovation power of modern print and communications technologies. Specially for Art + Artist prototypically developed to date, outstanding new applications will be created and implemented with innovative partners that can then be exhibited in China. HP’s Graphic Solutions Business Group, the world wide leader of digital printing solutions on a premium level, will be our exclusive technology partner.
So be curious and stay tuned!
The exhibition will start in China. Currently we are in touch with other renowned art institutions: Central Academy Museum, National Art Gallery, Qinghua University Academy and LAANG Art Center.
More information coming soon or in advance on request!