BUSSIÈRE MUSEUM OF GRAPHIC ARTS & INDUSTRY

 
The story of a family business spanning almost 100 years

Since its establishment in Paris in 1924, Bussière has always had a close connection to the world of art, publishing and communications professionals. As a partner of major publishing houses, photographers, calligraphers and an occasional promoter and patron of artists, Bussière has always demonstrated a strong commitment to highlighting personalities from the world of art who share the firm’s values and work towards the development of cultural diversity.

Initially, Bussière established an academy where various items of photoengraving equipment were displayed. This academy was relocated in 2009 and the Musée Bussière des Arts et Industries Graphiques (Bussière museum of art and graphic industries) was created.

Fernand Bussière and his team in 1927

The role of the photoengraver has evolved considerably and this Museum allows visitors to trace, in relation to the family archives, the extraordinary developments in the graphic reproduction industry. So much progress has been made since the development of the first four-colour systems, the first scanners, enormous complex machines, several examples of which are displayed in the Museum, alongside today’s most advanced digital techniques, demonstrated by several specialists who can be seen at work in front of computer screens.

Through graphic arts, a cultural and creative industry rooted in an identity and legacy of expertise, Bussière also shares the values of the world of art.

Visitors to the Museum will glimpse references to artists who have worked with the Bussière firm: César at work creating disturbances on a Vario-Klischograph, Picasso annotating proofs, the guest book signed by numerous artists.

The role of this initiative to promote living heritage is to offer the public an insight into the world and history of the graphic arts, to inspire career interests in young people and to showcase an ever-changing industry.