58th edition
14-17 June 2021

"Illustration for children.Italian Excellence" arrives in Canton

After its world tour of Madrid, Bologna, Berlin, Sofia, Beijing, Cairo and Teheran, the exhibition “Illustration for children. ItalianExcellence,  arrives in Canton, China from 7 to 25 July 2017 and will be on show at the Guangzhou Children's Library.

The exhibition has been organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Beijing, the Italian Consulate of Canton and the Bologna Children's Book Fair, in collaboration with the Guangzhou Children's Library.

On display are more than 60 original works by 18 Italian illustrators documenting the artistic path of designers who over the course of two generations, have created a new face for the illustrated book for children. The illustrators in the show all with varying styles and forms that represent the excellence of the Italian illustration for children, 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.

Mara Cerri will be present in Canton where she will hold several workshops aimed at the youngest readers in which she will perform readings and presentations of her work. Her book La pantera sotto il letto will be followed by work on drawing around a children's theme. The illustrator will also meet the audience interested in professional matters and she will speak about books, her career in the gallery Art 23 which specializes in contemporary pictures.

Until July 25, 2017. Canton, Guangzhou Children's Library and gallery Art 23


Mara Cerri
- Born Pesaro in 1978 she studied Animation Movie at the Scuola del Libro in Urbino. She collaborates with newspapers and magazines, including "Il Manifesto", "Lo Straniero",  "Internazionale " and her illustrated works  are published by Arka, Carthusia Editions, Edizioni EL, Emme Edizioni, Editore, Fatatrac, Acerbo Ear, Zanichelli ; In France by Editions Milan and Taiwan by Grimm Press. Along with Magda Guidi she directed the animated short film Via Curiel 8, from the book with same title and she was the winner of the first prize in the "Corto Italia" section of the Torino Film Festival. She lives and works in Bologna. The exhibition is features illustrations taken from La pantera sotto il letto, Orecchio Acerbo,  Italy, 2015.