In his anthology, Mario Barenghi (Italo Calvino, Saggi 1945-1985, Milan, Mondadori, 1995), cited Italo Calvino who described his story-writing as always starting with an image that came to him, he knew not from where. Although it might live with him for years, that image gradually developed into a story with a beginning and an end.
The next “Italian Excellence” Exhibition will mark the centennial of the birth of Italo Calvino, the world-famous Italian writer, beloved by readers of all ages. Departing from the format of the previous three editions, the Exhibition will pay tribute to the literary excellence of Italo Calvino with illustrations of Calvino’s works by artists from around the world.
Italian Excellence. Illustrations for Italo Calvino is an exhibition, curated by Accademia Drosselmeier/Cooperativa Giannino Stoppani and organised by the Emilia-Romagna Regional administration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with 120 illustrations dedicated to the great author’s work on display right at the heart of the Fair.
The works include contributions from established artists who have already published their interpretations of Calvino’s texts, and the 60 illustrations (2 for each illustrator) winners of a competition promoted by the Fair and open to the participation of candidates from all over the world, who wished to offer their personal visions of the characters, places and ideas in Calvino’s novels. The works on display have been collected in a bilingual (Italian and English) catalogue published by Mondadori.
The Exhibition will be on show at the very centre of the upcoming 60th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair – from 6 to 9 March 2023 – after which it will tour numerous Italian Cultural Institutes around the world. The multi-language Exhibition catalogue will contain all the illustrations on show accompanied by texts by Calvino. Both the Exhibition and catalogue will be curated by Accademia Drosselmeier/Cooperativa Giannino Stoppani. The exhibited works have been collected in a bilingual (Italian-English) catalogue published by Mondadori.