International Senefelder Foundation Marks Its 40th Anniversary
The foundation presented its exclusive Garte collection for the first time from July 1 to Aug. 28, 2011, at the German Newspaper Museum in Wadgassen. Over 500 pieces from the collection were shown in the exhibition entitled “Pioneer of Offset Printing. The Garte Collection” The idea to create a traveling exhibition to commemorate Hans Garte and his collection emerged from a long-term cooperation with the German Newspaper Museum.
The foundation primarily promotes itself by presenting the International Senefelder Award. The award honors extraordinary achievements in the field of lithography and its further development. The jury assesses a variety of artistic work in the area of lithographic printing, i.e. images produced on stone; flatbed printing, produced for example by metal offset plates or foil; and mixed techniques using lithography, offset printing, or a combination of the two. The award was first presented in 1975. Among the previous winners are the artists Bruno Bruni, Ernst Hanke, Oskar Koller, Christian Kruck, Bard Verbaenen and Jim Dine.
The foundation consists of a board of seven members and an advisory council made up of 25 representatives from the world of business, politics, and culture. It has been recognized as a non-profit organization since June 2, 1997.