Antwerp as a European Print Factory

About the conference

Since the Middle Ages Antwerp developed into a flourishing metropolis and became an important center for economy, trade, culture and art. The multitude of printers and publishers, and the numerous artists contributed significantly to the importance of this Belgian port on the river Scheldt, both nationally and internationally. What traces have they left in Antwerp? And how did Antwerp‘s influence affect the world of images in Europe? These questions will be explored during this year‘s conference of the Forum BildDruckPapier, and participants will be challenged to discuss these topics and exchange their ideas in Antwerp, the „European print factory“.

The conference is organised by the Forum BildDruckPapier in cooperation with the Antwerp research institutes Rubenianum and Ruusbroecgenootschap (University of Antwerp).


  • Sunday 2 June: Opening of the conference and reception at Sint-Andrieskerk
  • Monday 3 June: Conference at Rubenianum
  • Tuesday 4 June: Excursions in Antwerp (Plantin-Moretus Museum, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Ruusbroec Institute and Cathedral)

For more detailed information, please check our flyer (pdf - 4Mb).


Registration form: Antwerp as a European Print Factory (pdf - 0,3 Mb)

Register before: 8 April 2019

Registration fee: 125 Euro per person for reception, refreshments, dinner on Monday, entrance fees and guided tours

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