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Thursday, June 28, 2012
"Bologna Illustrators Exhibition"
ITABASHI ART MUSEUM
By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
The Italian city of Bologna has a special place in the hearts of children's book illustrators. This is where, since 1967, the annual International Children's Book Fair is hosted, and where the prestigious international illustration competition takes place.
Accepting entries from all over the world, the competition has become an opportunity for less-well-known illustrators to submit works for professional judging. This year, 2,685 artists entered, of which 72 received coveted awards.
This exhibition, which is also this week's ticket giveaway (see below for details), displays all of the prize-winning works, seven of which are by Japanese illustrators. Various children's book-related events are also planned during the exhibition period; till Aug. 21.
Itabashi Art Museum; (03) 3979-3251; 5-34-27 Akatsuka, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo; Nishi Takashimadaira Station, Toei Mita Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon. www.itabashiartmuseum.jp/art/index.