"Old Picture Books from Abroad" Exhibition
This event has ended.
These picture books from the 1930s were created in part to present hopes for a peaceful future to the children of the time. Although these well-known works have since gone out of print and been long forgotten, this exhibition aims to reclaim them and exhibit as well as offer them for sale in one place. Unlike the glossy paper that is shiny and uniform and produced in huge quantities today, these books have a somewhat ragged paper texture with the ink clunkily printed onto it. In fact, these qualities are no longer produceable by printing machines we have today. Added to the unique smell that only old, slightly moldering books have and the printing techniques that reflect historical and social conditions and backgrounds, this exhibition is awash with such forgotten charms.
While picture book authors today pour all the energy into raising their expressive potential contained within the book, past authors tended rather to treat each work as something "finished" and worth lavishing time over to perfect. Once the province of children, this exhibition now retroactively offers much of the same pleasure to adults, as well.
[Image: Dahlov Ipcar "The Calico Jungle" (1965)]
From 2008-04-18 To 2008-04-30 at 17:00