The Italian Ambassador to Ireland Paolo Serpi will open an exhibition at NUI Galway later this month about the explosion of colour into Italian publishing.
Cover Revolution! Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing showcases how colourful illustration is increasingly being used to put an individual stamp on book covers.
A handful of publishers, art directors, and illustrators in Italy are leading a movement to define an author’s visual identity with distinctive art styles.
Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Head of Italian at NUIG, said: “This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to observe the synergy between the creative practices of visual artists and those of authors,”
“The ways in which the written word evokes incredibly powerful and captivating images. The colours in this exhibition are vibrant, and the echoes of various styles, especially surrealism and modernism, uncanny.”
The idea to document this moment in Italian art history brings the work of some of the most beloved Italian illustrators to an Irish audience.
Artists such as Franco Matticchio, Lorenzo Mattotti, Emiliano Ponzi, Guido Scarabottolo, Gianluigi Toccafondo, and Olimpia Zagnoli.
While it is on display, the exhibition will be curated by Melania Gazzotti, an art historian and curator who specialises in graphic design and illustration.
The exhibition will be open to the public from September 26 through to October 28 in the James Hardiman building at NUI Galway.
The exhibition launch, with the Italian Ambassador and Professor Brian Hughes, Dean of International Affairs, is fully open to the public and will take place on the 26th from 6pm – 8pm.