06.03.22 – 23.10.22

Picture books: illustration & interpretation

Logo Picture books: illustration & interpretation
Logo Picture books: illustration & interpretation
Anete Melece: Der Kiosk, ©Atlantis Verlag; Exhibition poster Illustration: It's Raining Elephants, Graphicdesign: Stillhart Konzept
Simple tales full of wit and poetry are brought to life as we eagerly turn the pages of picture books, whose illustrations transport us to other worlds. As vehicles for meaning, picture books speak to the reader (or storyteller) in a very direct way. Their illustrations allow us to enjoy the delight of discovery as well as the comfort of familiarity. At the same time, there is always something new to be found in picture books. The longer we look at them, the more multilayered and complex their content becomes – yet they still form a coherent whole. How do picture books achieve this?

Isabel Minhós Martins (text) and Bernardo P. Carvalho (illustration): «Hier kommt keiner durch!», Klett Kinderbuch, 2017; Marta & ich, It’s Raining Elephants, Atlantis Verlag, 2017; Les Robes, G. Zullo, Albertine, Editions La Joie de lire, Genève, 2014

The exhibition explores the types of visual narrative found in contemporary picture books, with particular attention to their singular immediacy. It brings stories vividly to life for children and adults alike, and investigates the creative process of picture book production. From jaunty colours to minimalist grey tones, from immaculate digital images to rough sketches, and from unusual pop-up formats to pages featuring cut-outs, the design possibilities seem endless. The show also visits the studios of Swiss illustrators and takes a look over their shoulders at live events.

Guest curator: Hans ten Doornkaat

With great and small insights into numerous picture books from:

Jürg Amann und Käthi Bhend / Sara Ball / Istvan Banyai / Agnese Baruzzi / Marion Bataille / Jutta Bauer / Aaron Becker / Rotraut Susanne Berner / Maike Biederstaedt / Koen van Biesen / Blexbolex / Dieter Böge und Bernd Mölck-Tassel / Anouck Boisrobert und Louis Rigaud / Vincent Bourgeau und Cédric Ramadier / Hannah Brückner / Eric Carle / Katy Couprie und Antonin Louchard / Reza Dalvand / Judith Drews / Vera Eggermann und Ueli Kleeb / Peter van den Enden / Heike Faller / Daniel Fehr und Maurizio A.C. Quarello / Jean-Marc Fiess / Hans Fischer / Diane und Christyan Fox / Annegert Fuchshuber / Doro Göbel und Peter Knorr / Emily Gravett / Armin Greder / Françoise de Guibert / John Hare / Nikolaus Heidelbach / Isol / It`s Raining Elephants / Heinz Janisch und Gerhard Haderer / Tove Jansson / Oliver Jeffers und Sam Winston / Jean Jullien / Matto Kämpf / Raphaël Kolly / Edward Lear / Barbara Lehmann / Suzy Lee / Leo Lionni / David McKee / Anete Melece / Isabel Minhós Martins und Bernardo P. Carvalho / Aleksandra und Daniel Mizielinski / Elsa Mroziewicz / Jörg Mühle / Ebi Naumann und Robert Henderson / Chris Naylor-Ballesteros / B. J. Novak / Kveta Pacovska / Lorenz Pauli und Miriam Zedelius / Andrea Peter / Miro Poferl / Hubert Poirot-Bourdain / Nicolai Popov / Petra Postert und Jens Rassmus / Tom Reed / Béatrice Rodriguez / Anisa Alrefaei Roomieh und Maeva Rubli / Claudia Rueda / Sabine Rufener / Rainer Sacher / Kathrin Schärer / Johanna Schaible / Axel Scheffler und Julia Donaldson / Peter Schössow / Binette Schröder / Samuel Schuhmacher / Walid Serageldine / Sydney Smith / Anna Sommer / Grégoire Solotareff / Julia Spiers / Kaori Takahashi / Shaun Tan und Eike Schönfeld / Christian Tielmann / Thé Tjong-Khing / Olga Tokarczuk / Orvind Torseter / Hervé Tullet / Tomi Ungerer / Anais Vaugelade / Frank Viva / Johannes Vogt und Felicitas Horstschäfer / Daan Remmerts de Vries und Ingrid und Dieter Schubert / David Wiesner / Mo Willems / Claudia Wirth / Giovanna Zoboli und Mariachiara di Giorgio / Yusuke Yonezu / ZO-O / Germano Zullo und Albertine / and many more ...

Media conference

Friday, 4 March 2022 – 11 a.m. 
With an introduction to the exhibition and a joint tour of the exhibition.

Please send a brief confirmation to Media Relations if you wish to attend. 


Information for media professionals

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