The Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society mourn the loss of their Gutenberg Prize winner and long-time member Eckehart SchumacherGebler, who passed away on 17 December 2022 at the age of 88.
Eckehart SchumacherGebler came from a family of printers in Munich and was a trained printer and typesetter. After studying at the Munich College of Graphic Arts, he took over his parents' print shop in the early 1960s.
Since then, he has rendered outstanding and valuable services to the art of letterpress printing, its preservation and transmission, in many ways, especially through his Offizin Haag-Drugulin in Dresden, a studio for typography, as well as his publishing house. In 1994, he founded the Museum of Printing Art in Leipzig, which is a "working workshop museum" that conveys the craft and artistic techniques of printing. The following year, he also established the "Leipziger Typotage" (Leipzig Typographic Days), an annual international conference dedicated to the history of type and contemporary typography. Since 2013, he has been an honorary professor of printmaking at the Saar University of Fine Arts.
Just a few months ago, the International Gutenberg Society and the city of Mainz awarded SchumacherGebler the Gutenberg Prize 2022 for his tireless efforts to keep the technique of letterpress printing and thus Gutenberg's legacy alive.
For more than 20 years Eckehart SchumacherGebler supported the aims of our society and with him we lose not only an important personality but also a highly valued member. Our sympathy goes especially to his family and all his relatives.
On behalf of the Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society
Prof. Dr Stephan Füssel
Dr Julia Bangert
In the lulu Mainz, the former Karstadt building, the sponsoring organisations of the Gutenberg Museum, the Gutenberg Society and the Gutenberg Foundation present themselves on the gallery directly at the entrance next to the Gutenberg Shop. There they want to come into contact with the people of Mainz and whet their appetite for "their museum" and the topics surrounding Gutenberg and letterpress printing. In Gutenberg's workshop, for example, visitors can find out about all the latest developments at the Gutenberg Museum, such as the recently published feasibility study for the new Gutenberg Museum.
But you can also find out about topics of book-science research with the help of various information materials or in a personal conversation. Numerous Gutenberg yearbooks invite visitors to browse or test their knowledge of book printing with a Gutenberg quiz with prizes to be won. There is also a game table where visitors can play "Bleilaus", a printer's Black Peter.
Anyone who likes to be creative can make their own printed product in our small printing workshop for a donation – and learn all there is to know about the Gutenberg Museum's print shop, which offers experts and amateurs alike, young and old, a unique opportunity to further develop their printing creativity.
Of course, when visiting Gutenberg's workshop it is also possible to become a member of the Gutenberg Society. As a member of the Gutenberg Society you receive exclusive benefits, such as free admission to various events or the Gutenberg Yearbook: "All Mainzers should become part of the Gutenberg Community. Come along and join in!" (Dr. Julia Bangert, Secretary General of the Gutenberg Society and Manager of the Freundeskreis Gutenberg)
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