Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg
20 September 2016 - 20 December 2016
Exhibition of a representative collection from the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava / Brussels
The Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) is the world’s biggest exhibition of original illustrations of children's books. Over the course of its existence spanning more than 50 years, BIB has seen the finest illustrations for children that have been made in a number of countries around the world. The works are assessed by an international jury, which grants 11 awards to the illustrators – the BIB Grand Prix, five BIB Golden Apples and five BIB Plaques, as well as honourable mentions to publishing houses, in recognition of excellent books. A total of 25 main awards – Grand Prix – have been given over the course of BIB's history.
Since it was established, BIB has been held in partnership with the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a distinguished global organisation which has branches in 77 countries. Over the years, BIB visitors have had the opportunity to admire around 70 000 originals of illustrations by 6 500 illustrators from more than a hundred countries.
The exhibition from BIB's representative collection, which is taking place in the Lex building of the Council of the European Union during Slovakia's Presidency of the Council, has two components:
- BIB Grand Prix winners,
- Slovak illustrators who received BIB awards between 1967 and 2013.
The artwork on show includes works by Dušan Kállay, the only Slovak winner of the BIB Grand Prix. This world-renowned Slovak illustrator took home the accolade in 1983. He has illustrated around 300 children’s books that share a characteristic fantasy mood, an intricate image composition and structure, and an appealing atmosphere.
The exhibition includes some of the books featuring award-winning illustrations and an information poster on BIB’s history. Also on display are promotional collections from Grand Prix laureates and award-winning Slovak illustrators.
BIB is organised and takes place under the aegis of BIBIANA, the International House of Art for Children in Bratislava.
ILLUSTRATION: Albín Brunovský