As the drupa international trade fair comes round once again, it is clear that print media still play an important role in our increasingly digital world – because they appeal to ALL our senses. In Hall 6, Stand E01 at this years drupa, the Museum showcases a cross-section of its extensive collection of historical printing machines, equipment and exclusive products under the topic “The Sounds of Printing”. Come and see and HEAR the machines in operation daily at drupa, producing modern print media with a difference! One of the greatest highlight is a letterpress machine, made by Koenig & Bauer in 1894. This machine will be shown in active use while printing a poster work with the old and now rediscovered technique of letterpress printing. Beside this, the visitors can also hear and explore a linotype from 1965 and a toggle press from 1872.
Housed in a building with some 100 years of history as a print workshop, the Leipzig Museum is dedicated to preserving an important aspect of our industrial heritage, offering a unique insight into the manual and industrial production of printed products. By combining a working print shop and a museum, it offers visitors close-up, hands-on experience of 550 years of printing history.
In an atmosphere redolent of oil, grease and printing ink, some 100 working machines and presses offer an impressive introduction to the three most important historical printing techniques – letterpress, intaglio and planographic printing. Expert staff are on hand to explain how the machines work and what they are used for, and with their assistance, visitors can become involved themselves, setting their own lines of text in lead type and printing them out.
A genuine rarity is the working type foundry, in which lead type is still cast either by hand or by machine. A wide range of letter cases filled with lead type and fully functioning line composing and casting machines demonstrate the historical techniques. And with its exhibition entitled “From Monotype to Mac – Prepress since 1950” the Museum bridges the gap between lead type and desktop publishing.
The Museum also has a fully equipped handcraft bookbindery, a fully functioning wood engravers workshop dating from around 1900, a display of music printing techniques and a reference library with some 3,500 specialist books. The collection of some 4,000 different typefaces in the form of lead and wooden letters, matrices and steel punches is unique in Europe.
Some three special exhibitions per year focus on individual themes related to printing and all its various facets. The current exhibitions of summer 2016 are “Printed Values” (about history and printing techniques of security papers, 16 March until 14 August 2016) and “Some Handwritten Letters” (with letters from the 1940ies until the beginning of the 21st century - written by renowned graphic designers and type designers, 24 April until 3 July 2016). In 2017 the museum will remember the release of the Ninty-Five Theses of Martin Luther in 1517, whose success was closely connected with the invention of letterpress printing.
Like the drupa trade fair itself, the Museum sees the future as lying in intelligent networking of print and Internet along the lines of “Augmented Reality” – with the difference that all the senses are addressed simultaneously at the Museum. And when it comes to the media mix of the future, the Museum recommends occasionally taking a look back at the history of printing technology so as to understand the here and now better and actively use past skills as a source of inspiration for the future.
Come and experience the art of printing with all your senses at drupa 2012 in Hall 6, Stand E01 or just visit the Museum at www.druckkunst-museum.de www.facebook.com/museumfuerdruckkunst