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12-15 April

The Exhibition in the world

The Illustrators Exhibition is an important international showcase of new trends in children’s book illustration. After the fair, the Exhibition travels to many countries, including Japan, China and South Korea.

Unlike the sector-specialist public at Bologna Children’s Book Fair, visitors to the itinerant exhibition will be primarily children, with their families or on school visits, who will be able to enjoy the vibrant energy and imaginative force of the illustrations on display. Venues include museums, art galleries and major libraries. Now regularly held in Japan and China, the exhibition subsequently moves on each year to other countries as new projects develop. Thanks to a partnership of over thirty years with JBBY Japan, the Illustrators Exhibition is a much-awaited annual event in Japan, hosted by art museums in many cities around the country. Since 2016, China has been the second important stop on the international tourwith the Exhibition showing at art museums and major libraries in five cities. Starting from 2019, South Korea is the a new stop on the Illustrators Exhibition’s international tour!

The 2019 Illustrators Exhibition’s World Tour

The Italian selection of the 2019 Illustrators Exhibition started his tour in Japan

  • Narimasu Art Gallery – Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, 29 June - 12 August 2019
  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, 17 August - 23 September 2019
  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum, Nanao, 1 November - 8 December 2019
  • Art Museum & Library, Ota, 14 December 2019 - 19 January 2020

Then, the exhibition will be hosted in South Korea (6 February - 23 April) at the Seoul Art Centre and will continue travelling.

Following on from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where it was hosted last July by the prestigious Kirchner Cultural Centre as part of the “29° Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil”, the 2019 Illustrators Exhibition now travels to Uruguay from 17 February to 3 April 2020.


Organized by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with the Dirección Nacional de Cultura | MEC, the exhibition will be shown at the “Espacio Idea” of the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura. Visitors will be able to see the latest developments in illustration and get fascinating insights into the world of children’s books.

Latin American artists have always been well represented at the Illustrators Exhibition. The 2019 edition includes seven (published and unpublished) illustrators from Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, three of whom from Uruguay. 

The 2018 Illustrators Exhibition’s World Tour

The Italian selection of the 2018 Illustrators Exhibition was on display at the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris (May 17 – June 6). In the splendid location of the Hôtel de Galliffet, the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris, in collaboration with the Bologna Children's Book Fair, organized the exhibition "Prise de vue: regards sur l'illustration italienne contemporaine”  dedicated to the Italian illustrators of the 2018 Illustrators Exhibition.

The full Illustrators Exhibition 2018 was presented at the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts (24 May – 3 June 2018), the prestigious publishing event that each May lights up the town of Hay-on-Wye, in Wales and other festivals across the globe.

The next stage of the 2018 Illustrators Exhibition was Japan. The first venue in Tokyo, then in four prestigious museums all across the country:  

  • Narimasu Art Gallery – Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, 6 - 29 July 2018
  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, 11 August - 24 September 2018
  • Yokkaichi Municipal Museum, Yokkaichi, 29 September - 28 October 2018
  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum, Nanao, 2 November - 9 December 2018
  • Nagashima Art Museum, Kagoshima, 15 December 2018 - 20 January 2019

 After being exhibited in Japanese art museums and before the stages in the art galleries, museums and libraries of China, the 2018 edition of the Illustrators Exhibition arrived in South Korea, at the MBC of Daegu until 28 April 2019. Then, the exhibition moved to China where it will continue travelling until May 2020, thanks to the collaboration with Niu Niu Culture Limited. After the River Side Art Museum of Beijing, the exhibition was held at the Duo Yun Xian Art Center of Shanghai (1 November 2019 – 5 January 2020).

14 February - 12 April 2020: Yealife Art Space, Shenzhen, China.