Bologna pictured through the eye of a young Chinese illustrator, together with an exhibition and two special meetings during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019.
The illustrator’s name is Zouchao Zuo – but she’s better known as Daisy Zuo – and last Autumn she spent 2 weeks in Bologna in an artist’s residence. During her stay, she pictured the city selecting a few places, known but also unknown, choosing special views and iconic sights, observing the town in its everyday life flow. The result was an artist’s booklet in black and white, named “Bologna a Testa in Su” (Bologna with my head up), which aim is to tell about Bologna to the many Chinese tourists visiting the city every year.
The original illustrations especially made for the book, together with the sketches and the notes, will be exhibited in occasion of the 2019 edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, in the rooms of the Davia Bargellini Museum, from April 2 and until May 5, 2019 (Opening on April 2, 7.30 p.m.): a very special location, inside the great palace on Strada Maggiore built between 1638 and 1658, also hosting the Davia Bargellini picture gallery and a wide collection of applied art works. The setting of the Museum, which has really enchanted the artist, intends to recreate the spirit of an 18th century Bolognese apartment, with prestigious furniture and accessories, and also includes rare objects, like a little puppet show (often appearing in Daisy Zuo’s drawings) and the enchanting miniature of the inside of an 18th century private house. The city and the museum are intertwined, in a -at times- visible and -at times- invisible way, between the pages of this book. For this occasion, the Chinese artist’s drawings will be matched with a few pieces of the museum collection, which will then become themselves a tool to let the Chinese public, the international Fair guests and the curious Bolognese citizens discover one of the most bizarre and enchanting places in town. All the visitors of the exhibition will be given a free copy of the book.
Daisy Zuo’s work was selected by a jury including Roberto Grandi, President of Istituzione Bologna Musei, Isabella Del Monte, reference person for the Children’s Book Fair; Emilio Varrà and Ilaria Tontardini, from cultural association Hamelin; Lorenzo Balbi, art director of MAMbo museum, and Giorgia Boldrini, reference person of the Cty of Bologna for Bologna UNESCO City of Music.
Daisy’s work has struck the jury for its original and strongly expressive touch, with which she could go from descriptive and narrative pictures to a more fantastic and surreal world, weaving threads between these two poles. The fluidity and the mobility of her style were seen as perfect to tell about the vitality and the many souls of the city.
In occasion of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Daisy Zuo will be holding two meetings, where she will dialogue with Irene Penazzi and Johanna Schaible, two female illustrators who took part in an exchange project between Bologna and Berna and produced a double colouring book: Both meetings on 1 April – the first at 10.00 a.m., at the Accademia delle Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Bologna; the second at 1.00 p.m. by the Mimaster Survival Corner at Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
This is a project by Bologna Creative City of Music, as part of UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and is promoted by Associazione Collegio di Cina, Istituzione Bologna Musei, Bologna Children’s Book Fair and curated by Hamelin Cultural Association.
Museo Davia Bargellini
Strada Maggiore 44 – Bologna
Opening: Tuesday 2 April 2019, 7.30 p.m.
Opening times: Tue – Fri 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Sat, Sun and holidays 10 – 18.30 / closed on May 1st
Guided visits (free, no reservation required) with Ilaria Negretti:
6 April at 10.30 a.m. / 18 April at 11.00 a.m. / 4 May at 4.30 p.m.
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