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Among the world’s best loved and influential children’s authors, Gianni Rodari was the first Italian writer to receive – in 1970 – the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, generally considered the Nobel Prize for children’s literature. His work includes fairy stories, nursery rhymes, short stories and novels, as well as his famous essay “La grammatica della fantasia”, a seminal reference text for children’s literature and education specialists. Innovative, universal and still effortlessly topical, Rodari’s work has been translated and reprinted the world over. It remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for numerous Italian artists, who down the years have put his words into pictures.

This exhibition looks at some of the artists who in the last fifty years have illustrated Rodari’s texts. Starting with towering figures like Luzzati and Munari through to internationally renowned contemporary artists, the exhibition also gives a fascinating overview of Italian illustration excellence.

The artists and illustrators are:

Bruno Munari, Emanuele Luzzati, Altan, Beatrice Alemagna, Gaia Stella, Olimpia Zagnoli, Manuel Fior, Alessandro Sanna, Valerio Vitali, Simona Mulazzani, Chiara Armellini, Anna Laura Cantone, Fulvio Testa, Maria Chiara Di Giorgio, Giulia Orecchia, Nicoletta Costa, Federico Maggioni, Francesca Ghermandi, Pia Valentinis, Vittoria Facchini, Elenia Beretta


Organised internationally by:

1. Fiera di Bologna


3. Regione E-R

4. Regione E-R Cultura d’Europa

5. Einaudi Ragazzi

6. Vivere all’Italiana (MAECI)

Auckland edition in collaboration with:

Italian Embassy in New Zealand, Dante Alighieri Society Auckland

Festival Italiano Auckland, Oratia Books, NEWMARKET.

Part of the Artweek Auckland 2020 programme



Free entry

17 – 25 Oct 2020, 10am – 4pm daily

Newmarket Station Studio, 1 Newmarket Station Square, Auckland