Among Bologna Children's Book Fair initiatives linked to illustrated art there is an exhibition organized by the Fair that continues to arouse unprecedented interest.
Inaugurated with great success in Madrid in 2018, the collective of original tables "Illustration for children. Italian Excellence ", created by the Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid together with BolognaFiere and the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, has undertaken a successful international tour that saw it move from Bologna to Berlin, Sofia, Beijing, Cairo, Tehran, Canton, Santiago de Chile, Athens and Thessaloniki.
The next stage of the exhibition was in Peru, with the presence of the illustrator Pia Valentinis. The initiative was organized, on the occasion of the 23rd International Book Fair of Lima - FIL LIMA 2018, by the Italian Institute of Culture of Lima in collaboration with Bologna Children's Book Fair, Emilia-Romagna Region and under the patronage of Cámara Peruana del Libro.
On the occasion of the IBBY International Congress in Athens (30 August - 1 September), the collective returned to the Greek capital where the Italian Cultural Institute of Athens, in collaboration with Bologna Children's Book Fair and the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, showcased the exhibition for all the friends, publishers, illustrators, writers and lovers of children's books.
Later, the exhibition was presented in Russia, at the International Book Fair for High Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction of Moscow (28 November - 2 December 2018), held at the Central House of Artists.
On display more than 60 original works by 18 Italian illustrators documenting the creative path of artists who over two generations, have created unique ideas and opened up new avenues for the illustrated children’s book. The illustrators in the show ,with varying styles and forms, represent the excellence in Italian illustration for children. They are: Beatrice Alemagna, Anna and Elena Balbusso, Chiara Carrer, Mara Cerri, Sara Fanelli, Philip Giordano, Roberto Innocenti, Federico Maggioni, Giovanni Manna , Lorenzo Mattotti, Simona Mulazzani, Simone Rea, Sergio Ruzzier, Arianna Vairo, Alessandro Sanna, Guido Scarabottolo, Pia Valentinis and Olimpia Zagnoli.
After a little break, the exhibition will be in São Paulo, at the Italian Insitute of Culture, from 26 october to 12 december 2019.