International Print Network 2012–2014

International Print Triennial – Krakow 2012
SMTG in Krakow
president: prof. Jan Pamu³a
ul. Dunajewskiego 2/6
31-133 Krakow, Poland

International Print Triennial "PrintArt" Krakow – Katowice 2012
Akademia Sztuk Piêknych w Katowicach
rector: prof. Antoni Cygan
Katowice, Poland

International Print Triennial – Oldenburg 2013
director: dr Friedrich Scheele
Am Stadtmuseum 4–8
26121 Oldenburg, Germany

International Print Triennial – Wiedeñ 2013
Künstlerhaus Wien
director: Peter Bogner
Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

International Print Triennial – Krakow – Stambu³ 2013
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
rector: prof. Yalçin Karayagiz
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 24
Findikli 34427 Istanbul, Turkey

International Print Triennial – Krakow – Falun 2013
Dalarnas museum
director: Jan Raihle
Stigaregatan 2
791 60 Falun, Sweden

Beyond all borders state: cultural and generational, that is the International Print Network and that is how this collaborative artistic enterprise was conceived and built. IPNet is an international project. The founders and partners are the International Print Triennial Society in Krakow, the Künstlerhaus Wien and the Horst-Janssen Museum in Oldenburg. The deed of foundation was signed in Krakow in 2006.

At the very heart of the initiative lies the International Print Triennial in Krakow, with a tradition of organising contemporary graphics exhibitions that stretches back over more than forty years, beginning with the Biennials held between 1966 and 1988 and continuing with the Triennials from 1991 onward. Exemplary collaboration between the partners and an innovative spirit of enterprise in the field of contemporary graphics mean that the Triennial has high hopes of the International Print Network’s growing to encompass Europe from east to west and from north to south. The success of consecutive editions of the initiative, the most recent of which came to a close in 2011, has opened up the possibility of extending it by bringing the Dalarnas museum in Falun and the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul on board as associate members. The Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice has also participated in the collaboration from the outset. The status of the project is enhanced by the fact that it has once again received the support of the European Commission’s Culture Programme. International Print Network is the noble concept of Professor Witold Skulicz and ensuring the constancy and evolution of this, Europe’s largest initiative in terms of organising exhibitions of the world’s contemporary graphic art, is thus a point of honour amongst the partners.

International Print Network draws upon the European and world’s cultural richess, facilitating cultural exchange as well as responding to social expectations of current graphic art. This is art engaged in social and political processes. It is democratic art and, as such, it reacts to the social, aesthetic and spiritual needs of sundry groups. In focusing on humans’ place in the world and the moment in time in which it is given them to live, it cleaves to reality. Graphic art is living art. The International Print Network’s cycle of exhibitions held in Poland, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Turkey is set in social and civilisational contexts which shape distinct and revelatory receptions of graphic works. This contextual setting allows the significance of graphics in the changing landscape of the contemporary world to be defined. At the heart of the current edition of the International Print Network are new forms of presenting thought, the creative process and the many-layered artistic message. Over the years, graphic art has become the link uniting various, mutually intertwined trends, affording the opportunity for an open discourse between artists and the public. The wide spectrum of activity undertaken within the framework of the International Print Network encompasses not only a diverse exhibitions programme, but also publications, symposia and workshops. The partners appointed the International Expert Council with the primary role of providing substantive support, opening up fields for discussion and the free flow of ideas and broadening the circle of graphic art’s influence. In response to contemporary needs, the ruling idea of the current International Print Network is encapsulated in its exhibitions motto: Idea – Process – Message.

Thank you all for your collaborative work, the purpose of which is the development of graphic art. It promises to bear fruit in a uniquely exceptional opportunity for Europe to come into contact with work of stunning beauty and value, with the artistic and intellectual field of graphics and with its future.

The Organisers of the International Print Triennial – Krakow 2012

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