October 1st – 15th 2022

Story characters - Book illustration exhibition

Project manager/ Ana Niculescu, Ciprian N. Isac

Cărturești in collaboration with Atelierul de grafică proposes an exhibition dedicated to both Romanian illustrators and publishers. Too little promoted, this illustrator-editor tandem is often left behind and overshadowed by other works perhaps more commercial and more spectacular purchased from abroad.
The books / drawings we are talking about are part of our artistic culture addressed to the masses. They revive, after many years, an artistic phenomenon of performances in the field of illustrated books, awarded at major book fairs in the world, started in the 60’s and blurred for various economic and political reasons, around twenty decades, from the early 1980s to the 2000s.

Books with original illustrations by Romanian artists translate in considerable cost and effort. This is probably why it took so long for them to be made possible. It is often more difficult than acquiring publishing rights for an existing book. The final product means managing in a single budget the illustrator, the text author, the paging graphic designer, the printing, the distribution and the promotion costs. Most of the time the estimations are totally discouraging. Despite those premises many publishers have published admirable books.

The exhibition presents drawings from a selection of illustrated books published by Romanian publishing houses, story characters conceived and drawn by Romanian illustrators.
Among the cartoonists we can mention Maria Surducan, Vero Neacșu, Zelmira Szabo, Emi Balint etc. And among the publishing houses: Cartea Copiilor Publishing House, Frontiera, Arthur, Vellant, Cartier, Univers, 
The books where the characters come from will also be present in the exhibition.

Visiting hours
Daily 10:00 – 22:00

Cărturești Verona Attic