Wood panelling, creaky floors and endless rows of books… Can you think of a more perfect place than the old Plantin Moretus print shop to escape the cold this winter? ‘Baroque Book Design’ takes you on a journey back in time, to the sixteenth century to be exact.
Museum Plantin Moretus
Welcome to the home and workshop of the Plantin-Moretus family, where centuries of book publishing and entrepreneurial history come to life. Where you can see the world’s oldest printing presses. And tens of thousands of books about all the things that have fascinated man since the dawn of time, in addition to a magnificent art collection.
Enjoy a unique historical experience at this UNESCO World Heritage site, as you travel back in time to Antwerp’s Golden Age, to the sixteenth century. Don’t forget to stop in the museum’s courtyard garden before you leave. This tranquil haven still looks largely the same as it did when the Plantins lived here.
Baroque Book Design
This winter you can also visit a special exhibition in this magnificent building, which reveals a different side of Antwerp’s most famous painter Rubens. In the sixteenth century, Balthasar I Moretus revolutionised book architecture, asking prominent artists to create book designs for his publications. Peter Paul Rubens, for example, was asked to come up with illustrations for his new prayer books.
The exhibition focuses on the passion that publishers feel for their profession. It also tells a story of friendships and collabs, then and now, highlighting the similarities between Balthasar Moretus’s approach and the work of contemporary publishers. ‘Baroque Book Design’ is a homage to publishers who encourage artists, printers and designers to create a superb product.
Temporary exhibition until 06.01.2019