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Musée du Dessin et de l'Estampe Originale


  • Inspected and accredited by the French museum department (Service des Musées de France)

Spoken languages : anglais

The "Estampes? (im)permanent collection" is housed in the gunpowder storage room of the 'Arsenal-Castle', built by Charles V in 1528. With 200 artwork prints displayed on a rotating basis, it goes through all five centuries of the history of engraving in the West. Presses, tools, demonstrations and videos give you insight into a trade still very much related to artistic professions. Set up in 1982, the Drawings and Original Prints Museum is the first and only museum in France devoted wholly to original prints. This museum is open to everybody and sets a benchmark, with its editions and collections complemented by educational workshops, a library and artist residencies. Each temporary exhibition reveals the diversity of the printing trade, its vigour and its topicality. The progress of modern techniques of image creation and printing points to a great future still, for this intimate and yet generous art.


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