The Biennial of Acqui Terme was born under the auspices of the local Rotary and its president Joseph Avignolo. As a manager, he wanted to promote his foreign city and its territory through a cultural event with international resonance - a biennial prize for engraving.
Not by chance that he chose the art of engraving. While in the past the etching and woodcut (relief engraving on wood) rivestivano great importance in the ornaments and decorations of manuscripts, the art of engraving has become a day d 'today a branch of recognized artistic value. The objective of the Biennale is to enhance the contemporary art of engraving using traditional techniques such as: engraving, drypoint, punch, aquatint, woodcut and other traditional processes. Used separately or together, the rules are always respected originality.
The first edition was in 1993 with fifty participating artists, mostly from Italy. For the latest edition of 2011 have been sent to more than six hundred works from fifty-seven different countries. A daunting task, therefore, for the jury to choose two hundred and twenty for the catalog for the ride to the Prize.