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Book signing by Jeroen

Book signing by Jeroen R. Kramer, Une Femme Book signing by Nick Claeskens, Bus Stop Book signing by Jan Bosschaert Pop-up hair styling at Antwerp Book Fair by Pascal van Loenhout Bruno Devos and Danielle van Zadelhoff Live drawing performance by Jarno Kettunen 146 Being close to our production facilities, sourcing from the scale of the printing group, gives Stockmans a unique position in the industry and enables us to master the complete process. Vision, competence and passion merge with technology, the virtual touches the tangible. As a business-to-business player for calendars, Bruno Devos believes a calendar is price/attention wise the best tool to communicate to customers for 365 days about a company and its products and services. An aesthetic or practical calendar still has its value in an age where the digital agenda rules. Again tangibility, ease of comfort and sometimes beauty play its role for the calendar anno 2018. During the 2000-2009 period, Stockmans, in collaboration with Franky Claeys and Jean-François Carly, designed amazing calendar projects with photographers, visual and performing artists, and fashion designers like Dries Van Noten, Raf Simons, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan or Christian Lacroix and a luxury brand like Delvaux, but also Nike. These projects were a testimonial of experimental product design with high-end production techniques. Bruno Devos is also associated with Barbara Dietrich for Diplomatic World, where he curates the art and cultural diplomacy section of the magazine since March 2017. Early 2017, the magazine was completely redesigned by Bruno and his team, and he also advises the publisher about strategy and content. “I truly believe that art and culture are the defining and universal factors to bridge people from all around the world, but also our close neighbours. The solution when questioning the role of the European Union, when trying to look for solutions to the refugee and immigration crisis, is to bond people, learning one’s cultural language and respect people by sharing and discovering one’s culture. Definitely a curious but above all openminded approach, full of humanism, where the wonder of diversity plays its part on our micro or macro stage.” More information via

Stockmans Art Books at the Antwerp Book Fair (2017) PLANTIN-MORETUS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF ANTWERP The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing museum in Antwerp, Belgium which focuses on the work of the 16th century printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus. It is located in their former residence and printing establishment, the Plantin Press, at the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market) in Antwerp and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. The printing company was founded in the 16th century by Christophe Plantin, who obtained type from the leading typefounders of the day in Paris. Plantin was a major figure in contemporary printing with interests in humanism; his eight-volume, multi-language Plantin Polyglot Bible with Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Syriac texts was one of the most complex productions of the period. The original residence and workshop of the Plantin and Moretus publishing dynasty offers a unique historical experience. The building’s creaking oak planks and panels seem imbued in the history of books, the art of printing and the story of a family’s entrepreneurial flair. The oldest printing presses in the world can be found here, and much more besides. 147