This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the English writer Rudyard Kipling's birth and because of that we have decided to dedicate this edition to his famous novel "The Jungle Book", that has been able to make children dream. We also have to remember that Disney is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, we are hoping that both of them will continue helping the new generations in developing their imagination, expecially the ones that worked on ex libris and on the short stories, creating their own key to its interpretation and interpretative proposal.
For the ones that are not very young anymore...
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Piercarlo Grimaldi was born in Cossano Belbo in 1945, and is a full professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, where he teaches Cultural Anthropology. In October 2011, he was named the dean of the university, appointment which he held until 2017.
Grimaldi is a member of the jury and coordinator of the Costantino Nigra Ethnoanthropology Prize, and also sits on the editorial committee of the Bollettino dell’Atlante Linguistico Italiano (University of Turin), and the scientific committee of the Quaderni di Studi Italiani e Romeni (University of Turin, Universitatea din Craiova).
Since 1993, he has served as director of the...
Considered one of the top Italian experts in investigative criminology, Biagio Fabrizio Carillo has designed and created, along with the writer Massimo Tallone, a series of noir novels set in Turin, all published by the Capricorn editions.
Among its most important titles, we recall:
"Il postino di Superga" (2015)
"La riva destra della Dora" (2016)
"La curva delle Cento Lire" (2016)
"Le maschere di Lola"
"La casa della mano bianca", (entrambi del 2017)
Carillo is Lieutenant Colonel of the Carabinieri Army, promoted on July 30, 2017, and has served as the Commander of the NAS of Alexandria since October 9, 2015, as well as being a contract professor...
Concluding the edition of "The Jungle Book and the Disney World", as always, we are grateful to our community who sent hundreds of works. The Italian and foreign artists participated in the contest "Il Bosco Stregato" from all over the globe: Argentina, Canada, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Usa, Vietnam, etc, but also from many Italian and foreign schools. It is a sign that the dissemination of culture and love for the Ex Libris has gone astray.
Choosing and evaluating the works was certainly not an easy task for the jury, which was able to see how all the works presented have recorded...
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Polyhedral artist, whose works are exhibited in many important Italian and foreign cities, begins his career in the late sixties, attending the Schwarz Gallery that counts among its artists Duchamp, Picabia, Schwitters, Arman, Baj.
A solo exhibition is held in Milan at Schwarz organized by Pierre Restany that will remain his critic friend. The exhibition title is “Machines and conditional objects” and represents the beginning of the movement that will become Arte Povera. Germano Celant, with whom Nespolo will attend a series of exhibitions that will be the first ones with the group, is present at this exhibition.
The most important one will...
Maurizio Vivarelli is professor of Library Science at the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Turin since 2007. Specific topics of his research concern the space and identity of the public library, with particular reference to the development and managemente of collections, the history of reading, the evolution of bibliography in the digital environment. He is author of many publications, including Un’idea di biblioteca. Lo spazio bibliografico della biblioteca pubblica (2010) and Le dimensioni della bibliografia. Scrivere di libri al tempo della rete (2013). He edited Lo spazio della biblioteca. Culture e pratiche del progetto tra architettura e...
**Update: On request the closing of the competition was extended by one month until 31 May**
Update 2: New Deadline extended until 10 July
On the anniversary of 150 years since the birth of the English writer Rudyard Kipling we want to dedicate the new theme to his novel “The Jungle Book” that caught the imagination of many children of yesteryear, and to the Disney world, in homage to Walt Disney for the 50th anniversary of his death.
In the hope that they continue to make modern people dream, people who live in the computer age. They shall take on the new theme of Ex Libris and Short stories, offering their key...
Silvana Martignoni was born in Busto Arsizio, she attended the Art High School and the “Brera” Academy of Fine Arts in Milan with her final thesis on the “visionary” poet and engraver William Blake. Later she specialized in engraving techniques at Urbino .
Since the early years of her artistic activity she focused her interest on the purest engraving techniques (drypoint, mezzotint, etching, etc..). She has a passion for mezzotint (graining the plate with rocker only), an ancient technique that lends itself to her design, subtle, strong and decisive , enriched in tonal values close to painting.
In general she has many solo...
Born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1972, she became interested to the incision since the high school where she studied different artistic styles, and graduated in 1997.
Elena Hlodec not only excels in the art of engraving, but also masterfully expresses in painting techniques that have their roots in the Italian tradition that had its greatest exponents in Giotto and Botticelli, but also European and Byzantine: egg tempera.
The beauty of dyes and minerals and natural pigments with the use of ancient techniques and the ancient and millenary knowledge due to the work and discipline and love for painting that Elena interprets in...
Marius Martinescu was born in Romania in 1965 and currently lives in Paris, after obtaining his diploma in Fine Arts in 1985 in Bucharest, graduating in 1997. He has been awarded for two consecutive years (2000 to 2001 ) by the 'Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), as “one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists”, and in 2003 he became a resident of the US on the basis of exceptional ability in the arts.
He began to engrave in 1995, participating in the "International Competition The World of Ex-Libris", Belgrade. Unlike many contemporary artists the Martinescu bookplates...
The life is a calling card (especially if you are an exlibris lover). When you are born, a leaflet will tell the world that you were born, and everyone will say that you are beautiful and intelligent even if you're not. A host of other sheets will scan all more or less important stages, until the last race of life meets death.
If you believe, you will can hope to live in another dimension, or if you are agnostics, but they have children, they will be the extension of the yours life that continues through them. So happens for all.
For Robert Turlà...
The project started in 2015 for the occasion of 150 years since the first publication of the book "Alice in Wonderland." The union between the fantasy tale, the world often magical and mysterious of bookplates and The enchanted Woods it seemed the perfect setting to launch a new competition for both unpublished who published. Alice is an iconographic theme which is rather varied, offering many interpretive insights: it was so interesting to see how it was translated graphically by all participants. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a literary work published for the first time in 1865 and written by the...
Ryszard Baloń was born in 1944 in Narkuszki (Polonia) and now living in Stargard . He was graduated from High School of Art in Szczecin and the Higher Pedagogical School in Opole. In 1987, he co-creates, and then directs the Nationwide Group Graphic Artists Grafex. In 1992, he was a founding member SSMSP BRAMA, headed for two years and is linked to today. He practices painting, drawing, printmaking and of computer graphics for digital art (CGD)
He operates in the field of art education and since 2011 he belongs to the Polish Artists Union.
Baloń has realized many Exibition, both personal and...
The artist was born in Angarsk (Irkutsk), Russia in 1961 and soon moved to Latvia, where she spent many years and graduated (MFA) from the University of Fine Arts of Latvia in Riga. Artist multifaceted, an a outstanding specializing in etching, mezzotint, aquatint and drypoint.
Terauds’ work is full of beautiful detail, faint color, and a wide variety of subject matters. Every print contains its own mystery, identity, and stylistic elements. Terauds’ viewers and collectors have a great appreciation for her uniqueness and spiritual alchemy.
Terauds received her Master degree in printmaking from the Latvian Academy of Arts. She has been a...
Concluded the times for enrollment at the latest edition of our competition, we want to thank our community, which in this edition has been felt now more than ever, and invite you to the next edition. This year attended by more than 350 artists including schools and private, an unexpected success. Select and evaluate all of these works it will not be easy.
We just now have to invite you to the award ceremony to be held in the small town of Bosia Center.
Program of the event
Thursday July 28
S.Nazario – celebration of Holy Mass in honor of our Patron Saint.
Followed by a...
Vladimir Veraschagin, citing Veniamin Khudoley - famous bookplater and president of the XXVII Congress in Leningrad, "life is a game, so why not think about the cards produced by an artist, to remain in the axes company? After all, even collecting bookplate is inherent an element of risk and passion. "
This is his life philosophy that drives him to make fun himself and other, good-naturedly and to joke because life should be taken with much humor and irony.
Viadimir Vereschagin was born in 1949 on the shores of Lake Onega, the second in Northern Russia, in the Province of Arkhangel on...
Josef Werner was born in Kraslice (Czech Republic) in 1945. He studied in Prague. In 1968 he emigrated to Germany. From 1970-75 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, under Professor K.F. Dahmen. He has since been working as a painter, print maker and sculptor. From 1979-86 Werner worked in his print shop and studio in New York. He had more than 150 one-man exhibitions in Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, and Switzerland. He has won numerous awards for his prints. Werner’s artwork can be found in many public and...
**Update: On request the closing of the competition was extended by one month until 30 April**
**New update: always following kind requests,was added section " Published" **
Alice in Wonderland is the new competition that our association proposes. The project was created in 2015 on the occasion of the 150 years since the first publication of the book "Alice in Wonderland".
The union between the fantasy tale, the magical and mysterious world of ex libris and Enchanted Wood seemed the perfect setting to launch a new competition for unpublished exlibris. Alice is more than ever a various iconographic theme that offers many interpretative hints. It will be interesting to see ho...
Juri Jakovenko was born in 1965 in Russia , where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Minsk . He lives in Belarus , Grodna , as his adopted land.
A multifaceted artist , possessing a great technique combined with a great flair that make his works a unique , but not ascribe to a technique and inspiration defined .
For this is his own way of interpreting and reinterpreting contemporary art. In January, at the Belyayevo art gallery of the Moscow Exhibition Halls Company it was proposed a vernissage with over 200 works of his works as evidence of...
Franco Piccinelli was the president of the International Competition the “Enchanted Wood” since 2000 ( with the parenthesis of 2004 when it was Remo Palmirani for the launch of the section Ex Libris ) He was one of the greatest interpreters of the " Process to Wine " which was held in Borgo Robinie , Bosia , as part of "Festival of Swiss Roots in the Langhe " .
It was an unforgettable experience with Piccinelli as the president of an emblematic Court of Appeal composed by Tomaso Zanoletti , Maria Teresa Armosino , Brigitte Schok , Lido Riba , Walter...
Without any embarrassment we can recognize that , if there is the International Ex Libris " The il “Bosco Stregato” (The Enchanted Woods) this is thanks to Remo Palmirani, and also because of him , as president of the jury, we have the first edition in 2004 , reserved only for guests, but many other artists sent works (all high profile) that were accepted out of competition .
It was an epic edition with a conference on the appeal of the Ex Libris held in Bra which was a great success. Artists such as Roberto Tonelli, Jury Jacovenko , Patrick Aubert...
The “Enchanted Woods” contest has always been dedicated to the world of fairy tales and the imagination. This time we have chosen the world of animal therapy for two reasons: if the world of the imaginary stimulates fantasy and intelligence, with animal therapy one can deepen the relationship between man and animal and also create a beneficial effect which softens and lessens the stress that this day-and-age reserves for just about everyone.
Pet Therapy is a remedy based on the interaction between man and animal, and whilst both benefit from it, it is essentially the human who gets the most. This doesn’t replace, but integrates, traditional remedies and can be...
Once again we return to the international competition “The Enchanted Wood” and dedicate this edition to Gabriele D’Annunzio who would have celebrated his 150th birthday last year. It is difficult to link the “Vate” (the Poet) with his native soil of Abruzzo, because there is such a lasting bond between him and all of the places he came into contact with, not only in Italy, but also in France, Istria, England…
This poet was a real citizen of the world, a modern Ulysses open to all things new and to the curiosities his travels brought him. Discussing Gabriele D’Annunzio is also a way of allowing Italy to relive those times, strongly characterised...
“And they lived happily ever after”; this often happens in fairy tales, so it’s time for us to put an end to our “adventure”. But we would be pleased to find solutions that allow us to continue, without breaking a recurring appointment for the Ex Libris and short story lovers. Perhaps this may be possible by inserting, for the first time in the life of our association, a registration fee for the international contest “The Enchanted Wood”. Usually, an event or a prize may become international in time, in our case instead was immediately characterized as international award.
The international contest started in 2000 with the great “festival of Swiss roots...
Myths, legends are, indeed, a universal human creation, devised in different eras and places – as explanations for the problems that man has had to contend with, and that transcend our ability to understand: the end of life, misfortune, success, cruelty, love that at times reaches beyond life, and hope for a better word.
The mythological richness suggests that its human source resides in the human psyche; the human psyche. There are non unambiguous statements. A personal unconscious and a collective unconscious coexist in every man, with the former being composed of the knowledge each one of us gains from experience, while the latter is the depositary of the inheritance...
Dawn wakes up, scatters gems of dew on her tender
wedding dresses. The spider embroiders with light threads the quilt air
of butterfly wings.
They dance on the lawn the colors of flowers, insects sing slight
symphonies, raise and mix iridescent flights in the delicate watercolor
Here the boisterous and joyful stream, brings fresh and crystalline greeting
crystalline of rocks and snow; the earth receives, soft lap
nice, small stones the water's refusal.
The forest comes alive with rumors of branches intertwine talk
by old ladies.
And the wind is coming strong and vigorous, comes and whispers to
young bride ... explodes the festival, the sun becomes inflamed, blaze
garrulous nature: the wind dawn you take with itself
Short Stories Winners
"Il Demone della Montagna"
Usually an event or a prize can become international in time. In our case it immediately characterized itself as an International Price.
In fact we were interested in the world of magic: myths, fables and legends of all the various geographical, historical and cultural realities and in the different variables developed in every corner of the earth.
Il Bosco Stregato” (The Enchanted wood) is another dimension: a dip into the memory of stories, fables and tales popular tradition everywhere has dedicated to an imaginary word, and that often happen to be identical in different parts of the globe. Stories that we want to bring together with Ex Libris on a never-ending journey.
“The Enchanted Wood is like a plant that flourishes wherever there is good soil”, and it grows on many different lands scattered throughout the world. Works have been received from wherever news of the Prize has arrived and spread: Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Armenia, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Greece, Japan, Germany and many others.
A demonstration, if it were needed, of how many look forward to each new edition, and of how strong a bond of trust has been created in the high standards of the competition. This time, participants have not even been discouraged by what could be termed a somewhat difficult theme: “the god Tammuz”.
The question that naturally springs to mind at...
Wood is a magic word that makes one think of so many things: the animals that inhabit it, the trees that grow there, but especially the world of fairy tales .
The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods has undergone over the years, as fairy tales , legends and myths, different versions, one more beautiful than the other . All people, in all places of the earth, are interested in the forest , its wildlife and all that revolves around. Everyone gave their own version and interpretation .
In one of the oldest versions everything revolves around the story of the witch Brunhilde...
Oenos. Greek for wine. A word that conjures up a thousand fl avours and aromas.
Can it also make history, even be practically its underlying theme? We believe it can, as do those as dear to us as Luigi Veronelli who have contributed
decisively to making wine and cuisine so special with their precious suggestions and stimulation.
So why not find a different way of relating history, by rummaging through archives and old papers, and delving into the recollections and memories of yesteryear to link - as Veronelli did - “good” wine and “good” food with Ex-Libris?
A section of our competition is therefore devoted to food & wine, going back over some of the history made by the many artists...
One good thing leads to another.
And that is also true of the competition, "Il Bosco Stregato” (The Enchanted Wood).
No sooner has one edition ended than it is already time to plan the next, in a crescendo of ideas and suggestions, and taking on board the advice of those who are closest to us and working with us on developing new events.
Why is "Solstizio d’Estate” (Summer Solstice) dedicated to myths and legends?
Quite simply because we cannot afford to miss an extraordinary opportunity to open a window on the innermost thoughts of mankind.
Myths and legends are, indeed, a universal human creation, devised - in different eras and places - as explanations for the problems that man...
Once upon a time...
In the early post-war years, when there was no television let alone computers, children used to be told fairy tales, usually after tea, before going to bed. Particularly skilled in the art of storytelling were grandparents, whose stories called fole, or fables in the local dialect where I come from (the plain of the River Po in Veneto), but also, as far as I know, in other places in the ‘boot’ - drew on popular traditions. So on winter nights sat around a roaring fire, or on summer evenings looking out over a red sunset, grandad would tell his fole: They...
Who used to attend the second-hand bookshops, and is attracted by the charm of old and dusty books, wherever they are, will agree with me that it is certainly not easy to come across volumes within a exlibris. And if that happens, nine times out of ten it's sheets glued on the back cover at least twenty or thirty years before
PThis probably means that few people use to mark their books with a personal exlibris,and that the facsimile is now an object fashioned and forgotten. Yet this is not entirely true: it is simply a change of use, of a modification (one...