The “musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale de Gravelines” is the only museum in France dedicated specifically to print. Presses, tools, demonstrations, videos, allow the public to apprehend an art that remains close to craft. Its educational workshops, its library, its artist residencies, its publishings, its collection make this museum a place of reference and a place open to all.
To enter the castle coming from Gravelines’ main square you go over a ditch on a brick bridge and pass a drawbridge of which only subsist the reconstructed wooden floor and the pulleys. In the yard, the guardroom houses the museum’s shop.
The “musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale de Gravelines” is installed in the historical rooms of the castle known as “arsenal”. This castle, built from 1528 by order of Charles the Fifth of Spain, was used as storage for armement and amunition until the second world war.
Temporary exhibitions show the diversity of the practise of print, its dynamism and its topicality. Recent techniques of image creation and printing are promising of a brilliant future for this art that is both intimate and generous.