LOOK! Germany Guest of Honour in Bologna

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In 2016, Germany was the Guest of Honour at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair – the most important international platform for children’s and juvenile media and illustration. A specially curated illustrator exhibition and professional programme were held on the fair grounds, along with events in the city. Germany’s logo as Guest of Honour: Tatjana Müksch/Ole Könneke. (Click the picture to download the logo)

The exhibition LOOK! with original pieces by 30 illustrators working in Germany was at the heart of Germany’s presence at the fair. The selected children’s books and graphic novels covered a very wide thematic and aesthetic range – poetic reveries alongside concrete realism and striking photography next to delicate drawings.

Opening of the exhibition and book collection

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In addition to the LOOK! exhibition, a book collection presented current titles by 85 German children’s book illustrators. The fair’s international audience was introduced to 30 new works alongside 55 classics. An illustrator list that provides an overview of all participating artists is available. The exhibition covered 300 square meters and was open to the public until 10 April. The exhibition will subsequently be on view at the Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg (14 June - 3 July).

Professional events

What’s more, professional events were be held in the fair’s event forums (Illustrators’ Café, Authors’ Café, Translators’ Café and Digital Café). The Goethe-Institut organised the supporting programme for the Guest of Honour, with an exhibition, curated by Rotraut Susanne Berner, dedicated to the "Tollen Hefte" series, along with other exhibitions in the city, workshops with the studio collective "Labor Ateliergemeinschaft", a university-level competition and a writing programme for schools.
Programme: LOOK! Germany guest of honour in Bologna

Exhibition catalogue

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The exhibition catalogue can be obtained through bookstores in Germany (Barsortiment Libri) and will be available on the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

ISBN 978-3923352-88-3
Publication date 1 April 2016
160 pages
Price 30,- EUR

Also the exhibition catalogue can be viewed online.

Looking back at Bologna!

The German collective stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Information on the Bologna Children's Book Fair

German collective stand

The German collective stand was located in its usual position in Hall 30, B 34. A total of 33 publishers and institutions participated.
Exhibitors at the German stand