Bologna Children’s Book Fair Announces 2020 Exhibition Illustrators

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A two-year tour of the 2020 Bologna Children’s Book Fair exhibition of illustrations is to follow its initial show in March and April.

Excerpt of an illustration chosen for Bologna 2020 by Kiki Ibáñez, a Spanish artist. Image: BCBF

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Note: Since this story was published, Bologna has announced a delay to May 4 to 7 of its fair, amid an Italian outbreak of COVID-19. Our story is here.

Exhibition Catalog Cover by Sayed Hassan Mousavi
Ahead of this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (March 30 to April 2), organizers have named 76 artists selected for the main exhibition, which dominates the central floor of the sprawling show each year.

Sayed Hassan Mousavi’s catalog cover art for the 2020 Bologna exhibition catalogue. Image: BCBF

A total 2,574 illustrators’ work was submitted from 66 nations for this year’s show, the program’s 57th iteration.

The jurors who examined the work and made the selections are:

  • Valérie Cussaguet (Editrice, Les fourmis rouges, France)
  • Enrico Fornaroli (Director, Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna , Italy)
  • Lorenzo Mattotti (Artist, Italy)
  • Cathy Olmedillas (Anorak Magazine, United Kingdom)
  • Machiko Wakatsuki (Publisher, Bronze Publishing, Japan)

The exhibition, after first being seen in Bologna, goes on tour for two years, with initial stops in Japan, Korea, and China.

Sayed Hassan Mousavi

The cover of the exhibition catalog, a coveted assignment, will go this year to Sayed Hassan Mousavi, an Iranian painter and illustrator who studied graphic design at the Shahid Beheshti University of Karaj, and draws inspiration, BolognaFiere reports, from work of Farshid Mesqali, Kveta Pakovska, and Stepan Zavrel.

Mousavi has illustrated more than 40 children’s books for various publishing houses. Exhibitions of his work have been organized in Iran, Germany, Denmark, Japan, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates.

In fact, his work has been seen before at Bologna, having been selected for the big exhibition in 2013.

Illustrators in the 2020 Bologna Exhibition

An illustration chosen for the 2020 Bologna exhibition by China’s Kin Choi Lam. Image: BCBF

Illustrators are listed here by surname first.

  • Aglietti, Federica – Italy
  • Agusti, Laurie – France
  • Ahn, Somin – Korea
  • Akikoya – Japan
  • Alcini, Alessio – Italy
  • Alonso, Cynthia – Argentina
  • Antinori, Andrew – Italy
  • Bardeggia, Michael – Italy
  • Berton, Matteo – Italy
  • Bittencourt Ducci, André – Italy
  • Camp, Joaquin – Argentina
  • Knight, Elisa – Italy
  • Chang, Hsiao-Chi – Taiwan
  • Chen, Chiao-Yu – Taiwan
  • Choi, Dani – Korea
  • Dong. Jam – China
  • Giordano, Philip – Italy
  • Giustozzi, Francis – Italy
  • He, Yan – China
  • Herba, Gosia – Poland
  • Ibáñez, Kike – Spain
  • Itagaki, Lina – Lithuania
  • Jin, Bora – Korea
  • Kim, Kawon – Korea
  • Kim, Mihwa – Korea
  • Kim, Yukyung – Korea
  • Konatsu, Koichi – Japan
  • Kuan, Meng-Hsuan – Taiwan
  • Kulik, Gosia – Poland
  • Lam, Kin Choi – China
  • Lee, Jieun – Korea
  • Lee, Jinhee – Korea
  • Lee, Jinhwa – Korea
  • Lee, Moonyo – Korea
  • Liguori, Nicolas – France
  • Lin, Chien-Yu – Taiwan (Taipei)
  • Lonardi, Marta – Italy
  • Mallard, Jean – France
  • Matzak, Phoolan – Germany
  • Mazzanti, Isabella – Italy
  • Mazzenga, Naida – Italy
  • Meretoja, Pinja – Finland
  • Moon, Myung-Ye – Korea
  • Negrescolor, Joan – Spain
  • Oh, Se Na – Korea
  • Olivos, Tom ás – Chile
  • Paramo, Berta – Spain
  • Parodi, Giulia – Italy
  • Renault-Faivre d’Arcier, Ambre – France
  • Repetur, Elena – Russia
  • Roozeboos, Rösler André – Germany
  • Sanna, Francesca – Italy
  • Sganga, Eduardo – Uruguay
  • Shabanipour, Amir – Iran
  • Shin, Hyejin – Korea
  • Song, Junli – USA
  • Song, Kori – China
  • Š r ámek Jan and Vlková Veronika (2 hands) – Czech Republic
  • Stangl, Katrin – Germany
  • Stefanini, Sara – Switzerland
  • Stubbs, Rachel – UK
  • Ting, Lu Wen – Taiwan
  • Tsuji, Ninuki – Japan
  • Vera Gil, Juan Cristóbal – Spain
  • Viegas Oliveira, Inês – Portugal
  • Voronina, Katerina – Russia
  • Watanabe, Issa – Peru
  • Winter, Kate – UK
  • Wu, Peng – China
  • Wu, Wanxin – China
  • Yamamoto, Mamoru – Japan
  • Yashin – Taiwan
  • Yoon, Kangmi – Korea

These artists selected from the show represent 24 countries and regions.

Excerpt from a Bologna 2020 illustration by Italy’s Isabella Mazzanti. Image: BCBF


More coverage from Publishing Perspectives related to Bologna International Children’s Book Fair is here. More from us on children’s books is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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