„The main goal was to built, on this noble material which lithographic stone is, a reliable friendship, which have lasted over 40 years, of which both of us can be proud.” P. Bramsen
„Pierre is an early bird, me — an incurable night owl. Our first meeting was marked by this essential difference. One beautiful morning I was drag out of bed by implacable sound of an alarm clock. There he was, brisk and fresh Pierre, standing at my doorstep and holding two plates, ready to start working. It was impossible to find out who scheduled the meeting, the fact was he showed up and it was eight o’clock. In this particular moment a thought strikes me: <This man is crazy. He had to got up at 6 am and maybe even 5 am to come to Paris from Chevreuse valley>. And I conclude, sighing: <How a sane man would get up so early, when he could easily sleep some more?>. A quick coffee and we are behind the press. We’ve started a long, beautiful work day, just as I love it. Pierre is not in the least a debiutant, he knows well what he is doing. Immediately, without any chatting, he begins with the essence of lavander. It’s pure happiness and I must admit, he really suprised me. He basically knows everything, there’s not much more I could teach him. It was in 1963. This very morning we made our first joint stone.”
/ Peter Bramsen
About the artists:
Pierre Alechinsky — a painter and worldwide known graphic designer. He was born in 1927 in Brussels. He has been living in Paris since 1951. He studied typography and illustrations techniques at l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’Architecture et des Arts décoratifs de La Cambre in Brussels. His first individual exhibitions in 1955 established his artistic position. His paintings, lithographs, book illustrations are exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums in France, United States, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. He is also the author of many books.
Peter Bramsen — born in 1935 in Frederiksberg, a son of Henrik Boe Bramsen, an art historian and a head conservator at the Library of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He dreamed of being a lithographer and he moved to Paris, where he bought Clot’s workshop in 1963. In 1965, he collaborated with Guy Georges and they opened Clot, Bramsen & Georges Atelier. The activity of the workshop included printing original lithography, books, posters, but also wood carving, chalcography, folding in the lead and printing on the stone. In 2001, he was decorated the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and year later the medal of Royal Danish Academy.
Details of the publication:
Translation: Krzysztof Jarosz
Proofread and edited by: Olga Nowak
Graphic design: Justyna Kucharczyk
Layout and technical editing: KiM Bochenek
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris
Year and place of publishing: Katowice 2007
The publication was realized in cooperation with BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice.
The catalogue was published after the exhibition in Katowice in 2006 during ⅩⅤ Ars Cameralis Festival. The exhibition „Peter&Pierre” consisted of 160 Alechinsky’s litographs, which were created in Clot, Bramsen & Georges Atelier in Paris.