In 1996, an international centre for fine art printing has been established in the old royal barn of Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden. Since then, Grafikens Hus opened its doors to 2000 square meters on two levels which today host exhibition halls, workshops, collections, a library, conference rooms, a shop and a café. The workshop is primarily used as a workplace for artists, but visitors are welcome to catch a glimpse of techniques of printmaking.
You should not miss the opportunity to visit two excellent exhibitions up to 9 January 2011. Firstly, there is a big autumn exhibition on landscape art ("landskapets anatomi") at Lilja Art Gallery. The exhibition shows the inner and outer border of landscapes which constantly change between one’s eyes open and one’s analytic thoughts.
Another exhibition at Jensen’s Gallery & Bibliotheket shows late modern graphics ("ung grafik") of established Danish and Swedish artists.
Apart from the exhibitions, Grafikens Hus offers a three-year-apprenticeship including a grant. It aims at teaching and challenging young artists both at the same time so that their artistic creativity will be able to reach its climax.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)