Online Edition
14-17 June 2021

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 2020 Illustrators Exhibition’s World Tour

The 2020 Illustrators Exhibition started his tour in Japan

  • Itabashi Art Museum  (Tokyo) - 22 August - 27 September 2020
  • Yokkaichi Municipal Musuem (Mie) - 3 October - 1 November 2020
  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum (Ishikawa) - 6 November - 13 December 2020
  • Art Museum and Library, Ota (Gunma) - 19 December - 24 January 2021

In the same days, the project Beyond Sight / Oltre la vista 視る」を超えて was hosted too. 
Beyond Sight / Oltre la vista 視る」を超えて is a selection of works from the Bologna Children's Book Fair's Illustrators Exhibiton 2020 has been made accessible to the visually impaired. Organized by Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo and JBBY.  In collaboration with Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and Bologna Children’s Book Fair. 

Then, the exhibition will be hosted in South Korea and China, until 2022.

The 2019 Illustrators Exhibition’s World Tour

The 2019 Illustrators Exhibition started his tour in Japan. Then, the exhibition was hosted in South Korea at the Seoul Art Centre.

Following on from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where it was hosted by the prestigious Kirchner Cultural Centre as part of the “29° Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil”, the 2020 Illustrators Exhibition traveled to Uruguay. Organized by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with the Dirección Nacional de Cultura | MEC, the exhibition was shown at the “Espacio Idea” of the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura. Visitors could see the latest developments in illustration and got 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. 

  • Narimasu Art Gallery – Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan / 29 June - 12 August 2019
  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan / 17 August - 23 September 2019
  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum, Nanao, Japan / 1 November - 8 December 2019
  • Art Museum & Library, Ota, Japan / 14 December 2019 - 19 January 2020
  • Espacio Idea – Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Montevideo, Uruguay / 17 February  – 3 April 2020
  • Seoul Art Centre, SeoulSouth Korea / 6 February – 23 April 2020
  • Artyida Museum,  Beijing, China / 4 August – 18 October  2020