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The Frans Masereel Centrum is a center for contemporary art, combining an artist-oriented exhibition and production schedule with an international residency programme for artists and curators, often with a specific focus on printed matter-at-large.

Contact

Frans Masereel Centrum
Masereeldijk 5
2460 Kasterlee (BE)
info [at] fransmasereelcentrum [dot] be
+32 (0) 14 85 22 52

Team

Tom Dries – Studio Coordinator

Ivan Durt – Residency /Studio Coordinator

Tinneke Kempen – Administration Employee

Tine Geerts – Office Coordinator

Nathan Gotlib – Studio Coordinator

N.N. – Communication and Mediation Officer

Stijn Maes – Director / Senior Curator

Maria Moorkens – Technical assistant / Concierge

Frédéric Van de Velde – Assistant curator

Gitte Van Reusel – Bookshop Employee

Stefan Willekens – Technical assistant

Anke De Potter, Eveline Lambrechts, Serge Proth, Lies Vandevorst, Eline Van Riet – art education program

Florence Eckersley, Paulina Labuz, Lana Van Goethem and Mirthe Vermunicht – Trainees 2021

Opening hours

At this time, for the health of our residents and staff members, Frans Masereel Centrum is currently not accessible to visitors. Suppliers are asked to ring the bell for deliveries. For questions, you can contact us by phone during business hours or e-mail us.

The Frans Masereel Centrum can only be visited during exhibitions or events. When exhibitions are organized they can be visited from Friday through Sunday (1pm-5pm).

A guided tour to the Frans Masereel Centrum and exhibition takes about one hour and costs 65 euros for groups of max. 16 people. The tour can be requested in Dutch, English or French, per day there are max. 2 timeslots available. Please make your reservation at least 3 weeks in advance. Outside the exhibition periods, a guided tour is not possible.

Accessibility

Bike

The Frans Masereel Centrum is located near bicycle point 87.

Public transport

Take the train to Turnhout or Geel. From these stations there is a bus connection to Kasterlee (line 490 / 492). At the Houtum bus stop in Kasterlee get out and turn right into the Zaardenstraat at the traffic lights. The first street on the right is the Masereeldijk. You will find the Frans Masereel Centrum at 200 meters on the right.

Car

(Attention: some GPS systems only know the incorrect old street name: Zaardendijk 20; our correct address is: Masereeldijk 5, 2460 Kasterlee.)

To get to the Frans Masereel Centrum take the Exit 24 on highway E34 (“Turnhout-Kasterlee-Geel”) or via Exit 23 on highway E313 (“Geel-West”).
Drive to the center of Kasterlee and follow the Frans Masereel Centrum signboards.

International

Thalys: Antwerp-Central
Eurostar: Brussels South
Airport: Brussels Airport

History

Since its inception in 1972, the Frans Masereel Centrum has become one of the most stimulating and inspiring environments for artists and curators to explore printed matter in all its facets. or to engage within a broader practice. Located in a wooded rural area, equipped with a dynamic graphic workshop, emphasizing on experiment and creation within the field of printmaking.

The main building was designed by architect Lou Jansen in the early 1970s, the unique circulair print studio is located on the ground floor. Fons Mertens, the founder of what is now called the Frans Masereel Centrum, and Lou Jansen were both fascinated by the construction and shape of windmills. This translated into a remarkable architecture, consisting of a central round core with a large dome.

Fons Mertens, who was a young and visionary artist, started to collect old printing presses when offset took over from stone lithography at industrial printers. He managed to persuade the Belgian Government, in the person of Minister Frans Van Mechelen, to take over the infrastructure shortly after the buildings creation, in 1972. It was renamed ‘National Centre for Graphic Arts Frans Masereel’, in memory of Frans Masereel, one of the most important Belgian artists of the 20th century, who died at the beginning of 1972. Besides his wide scattered woodcuts, Frans Masereel is also an important international reference because of his social criticism and pacifism.

In the spring of 2019, the Frans Masereel Centrum opened a new wing, designed by Japanese architect Hideyuki Nakayama and Ido Avissar of the Paris agency LIST. The expansion is were the current collection archive and the digital studio are now situated to expand artistic creative process.

In the upcoming years we will be working on the redevelopment of the outside area, the opening of the collection archive to the public and the further development of our artistic program.

Contact

Frans Masereel Centrum
Masereeldijk 5
2460 Kasterlee (BE)
info [at] fransmasereelcentrum [dot] be
+32 (0) 14 85 22 52

Team

Tom Dries – Studio Coordinator

Ivan Durt – Residency /Studio Coordinator

Tinneke Kempen – Administration Employee

Tine Geerts – Office Coordinator

Nathan Gotlib – Studio Coordinator

N.N. – Communication and Mediation Officer

Stijn Maes – Director / Senior Curator

Maria Moorkens – Technical assistant / Concierge

Frédéric Van de Velde – Assistant curator

Gitte Van Reusel – Bookshop Employee

Stefan Willekens – Technical assistant

Anke De Potter, Eveline Lambrechts, Serge Proth, Lies Vandevorst, Eline Van Riet – art education program

Florence Eckersley, Paulina Labuz, Lana Van Goethem and Mirthe Vermunicht – Trainees 2021

Opening hours

At this time, for the health of our residents and staff members, Frans Masereel Centrum is currently not accessible to visitors. Suppliers are asked to ring the bell for deliveries. For questions, you can contact us by phone during business hours or e-mail us.

The Frans Masereel Centrum can only be visited during exhibitions or events. When exhibitions are organized they can be visited from Friday through Sunday (1pm-5pm).

A guided tour to the Frans Masereel Centrum and exhibition takes about one hour and costs 65 euros for groups of max. 16 people. The tour can be requested in Dutch, English or French, per day there are max. 2 timeslots available. Please make your reservation at least 3 weeks in advance. Outside the exhibition periods, a guided tour is not possible.

Accessibility

Bike

The Frans Masereel Centrum is located near bicycle point 87.

Public transport

Take the train to Turnhout or Geel. From these stations there is a bus connection to Kasterlee (line 490 / 492). At the Houtum bus stop in Kasterlee get out and turn right into the Zaardenstraat at the traffic lights. The first street on the right is the Masereeldijk. You will find the Frans Masereel Centrum at 200 meters on the right.

Car

(Attention: some GPS systems only know the incorrect old street name: Zaardendijk 20; our correct address is: Masereeldijk 5, 2460 Kasterlee.)

To get to the Frans Masereel Centrum take the Exit 24 on highway E34 (“Turnhout-Kasterlee-Geel”) or via Exit 23 on highway E313 (“Geel-West”).
Drive to the center of Kasterlee and follow the Frans Masereel Centrum signboards.

International

Thalys: Antwerp-Central
Eurostar: Brussels South
Airport: Brussels Airport

History

Since its inception in 1972, the Frans Masereel Centrum has become one of the most stimulating and inspiring environments for artists and curators to explore printed matter in all its facets. or to engage within a broader practice. Located in a wooded rural area, equipped with a dynamic graphic workshop, emphasizing on experiment and creation within the field of printmaking.

The main building was designed by architect Lou Jansen in the early 1970s, the unique circulair print studio is located on the ground floor. Fons Mertens, the founder of what is now called the Frans Masereel Centrum, and Lou Jansen were both fascinated by the construction and shape of windmills. This translated into a remarkable architecture, consisting of a central round core with a large dome.

Fons Mertens, who was a young and visionary artist, started to collect old printing presses when offset took over from stone lithography at industrial printers. He managed to persuade the Belgian Government, in the person of Minister Frans Van Mechelen, to take over the infrastructure shortly after the buildings creation, in 1972. It was renamed ‘National Centre for Graphic Arts Frans Masereel’, in memory of Frans Masereel, one of the most important Belgian artists of the 20th century, who died at the beginning of 1972. Besides his wide scattered woodcuts, Frans Masereel is also an important international reference because of his social criticism and pacifism.

In the spring of 2019, the Frans Masereel Centrum opened a new wing, designed by Japanese architect Hideyuki Nakayama and Ido Avissar of the Paris agency LIST. The expansion is were the current collection archive and the digital studio are now situated to expand artistic creative process.

In the upcoming years we will be working on the redevelopment of the outside area, the opening of the collection archive to the public and the further development of our artistic program.

  • Residencies

    In recent years, the Frans Masereel Centrum has become one of the most challenging and inspiring environments for visual artists to investigate printed matter in all its aspects, or to embrace it as part of a broader artistic practice.


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  • Bookshop

    The Frans Masereel Centrum initiates and (co)produces several publications and editions in limited editions each year. You can order these publications and editions online or purchase them on site during the opening hours.


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