Our project Kate’Art Editions is a dynamic publishing house, set up in 2000 by the author and founder, Catherine de Duve. Its aim is to make art and culture accessible to children, families and schools.
In 2000, a first catalogue for a contemporary art exhibition, part of Bruxelles/Brussel 2000. A small revolution in the art world. The first catalogue specially designed for children. Why not a whole collection?
In 2001, on the advice of Laurent Busine, former director of the MAC museum at the Grand-Hornu (Belgium), Kate’Art Editions launches the ‘Happy Museum!’ collection. ‘Happy Museum!’ will become THE collection following international cultural events in Europe and the world. For the first time, children have their own catalogues, written for and specially geared to them and their families.
World premieres! The Little Lowry, The Little Ensor, Long Live Art Nouveau, Panamarenko’s Dream, The Little van Gogh in the Borinage, The Little Bonnard, The Little Egon Schiele, The Little Art Brut, The Little Manet, The Little Munch, The Secret of Fernand Khnopff, The Little Waterloo, etc.
Museums throughout the world!
Kate’Art Editions creates individual books for museums, tailored to their own collections, such as The Little Matisse for the Matisse Museum (Cateau-Cambrésis, France), Long live Impressionism and Pointillism! Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), The Little Bonnard for the Bonnard Museum (Le Cannet, France), The Little Lowry for the Lowry Museum (Manchester, UK), The Little Turner for Tate Britain (London), The Little Magritte for the Magritte Museum (Brussels), and The Little Klimt for the Belvedere Gallery, (Vienna) etc.
A new collection
In 2014, a new series, the ‘Color Zen’ collection, is published: colouring books, following in the footsteps of great artists. Our catalogue now lists more than 150 books, on nearly 40 different artists, with translations into English, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Chinese! Both adults and children love these interactive books, which bring visits to museums and international exhibitions to life.
Culture, art and art history: child’s play!
The author, Catherine de Duve
Catherine de Duve is an art historian and painter. She has worked in the education department of the Musées royaux de Belgique, and set up the Ateliers Pédagogiques (‘teaching workshops’) at the Architecture Foundation in Brussels. In 2000, she launched a new, unusual publishing company. On the advice of the director of the MAC (Grand-Hornu), she developed the international collection ‘Happy Museum!’, aimed at children. Catherine de Duve has also had work published by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN), Hatier, and chez Alice éditions, and works with the curators of many international museums.
Over the last 15 years, many museums and foundations, throughout the world, have worked with us. Their experts and curators check the content of the books. The books are on sale in their shops. Some of them even work with us as joint-publishers. Below is a (non-exhaustive!) list of the main museums and foundations which have chosen to partner with us:
Belgium: Museum of Fine Arts Brussels, MIM, BelVue, Magritte Museum, Horta Museum, BOZAR Brussels, Museum of Fine Arts Antwerpen, MAS, Rubenshuis, MUKHA,Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, Groeningemuseum Brugge, MUzee Oostende.
Luxemburg: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
France: RMN, Musée d’Orsay, Louvre, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Musée Marmottan, Rodin, Pinacothèque, Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée André-Jacquemart, Musées Matisse, Musée Renoir
Germany: Hamburger Kunsthalle , Buchhandlung Wasmuth Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Kunst-und Museumverein Wuppertal
The Netherlands: Hermitage Amsterdam, Kröller Müller, Boijmans van Beuningen, RijksMuseum
Austria: Galerie Belvedere, Secession, Kunsthistorische, Albertina, Leopold Museum
Hungary: Museum of Fine Arts
UK: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Royal Acadamy (RA)
Spain: Museo de Arte Thyssen, PRADO, Guggenheim Bilbao, Miro Foundation
Switzerland: Kunstmuseum Basel, Fondation Beyeler
Denmark: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Sweden: Nationalmuseum Stockholm
Norway: Nasjonalgalleriet Oslo USA: MET, MoMa, Frick Collection, Neue Galerie
CANADA: Musées des Beaux -Arts de Montréal
Australia: National Gallery of Australia