For the love of books

The China Post
Date: March 1, 2017
By: Dimitri Bruyas

The jewel in the crown of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the “Illustrator’s Exhibition” (波

Focusing on current illustration trends and discovering new talents, the Illustrators’ Exhibition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair seeks works that are futuristic, experimental while voicing out current issues. (Dimitri Bruyas, The China Post)

隆納世界插畫大展) is showcasing the latest in innovation with the works of 77 artists chosen by a prestigious international jury that met in Bologna to evaluate and discuss the works of 3,191 illustrators from 61 countries.

The “50th anniversary of the Illustrators’ Exhibition” includes works by 77 artists from around the world that have contributed to the history of illustration, including seven Taiwanese illustrators. The exhibition, which is part of a long tour that passes through the cultural hubs of different countries, runs at Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山藝文中心) until April 26.

“This exhibition tells us that the work of illustrators have changed, including the their medium of expression and the topics they are illustrating,” Elena Pasoli from Bologna Fiere told The China Post on Feb. 23. “In addition to telling fairy tales and describing extraordinary worlds, contemporary illustrators are very interested in how parents talk with children about reality in topics like immigration.”

Another highlight in the industry was the “merging of tools,” said Pasoli, who pointed to the development of illustrated books with “augmented reality” in which book illustrations are animated when seen through a specific app. The new technology points to new exciting developments in the children book industry amid poor performances in other sectors.    [FULL  STORY]

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