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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 18:30

The exegete of the exlibris: Remo Palmirani

Remo Palmirani

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 , John Verna (just to name a few) participated in that edition. To these artists we dedicated a deepening in our site.
 
With this admission we don’ t absolutely deny or underestimate the value of the project "The Enchanted Woods " (which is not just about ex Libris , but also painting , sculpture , mosaics and graffiti and unpublished short stories ). After the untimely death of Remo Palmirani  we have the task of developing and cultivating the other issues that are dedicated to him with the support of the heirs of his family . He had a role as an exegete of Ex Libris that we are not able to collect , but only to honor . 
 
Remo Palmirani (1943 - 2005) was a valuable geriatricia ; for passion, he became interested for many years in Ex Libris , both as a collector and as a scholar . In 1987 he founded the Academy of the Ex Libris , which work together many of the most famous Italian and foreign artists and collectors . He organized , as well as " The Enchanted Woods " , numerous international competitions of Ex-Libris, curating exhibitions in several European cities, publishing more than thirty volumes, especially dedicated to Art Nouveau, Ex Libris Jewish, Masonic and more.
 
He directed the series " The contemporary European Ex- Libris" , in which he published monographs dedicated to  Slovak , Ukrainian , Italian and Poles artists, working in the most important magazines of European studies of ex-libris. Of particular interest is the magazine Utz inspired the eponymous short story by Bruce Chatwin .
 
Remo Palmirani was responsible for the founding of the Museum Ex Libris Mediterraneo – Progetti Farnesiani ( presenting the works of the best Italian and foreign artist of yesterday and today) and the organization of exhibitions exclusively of Ex Libris in prestigious art galleries both public and private . This has stimulated the interest of important Academies of Fine Arts allowing their students to admire works of great engravers – such as Albin Brunowsky -and also toperform their own original Ex Libris , after a series of lectures.
Monday, 12 October 2015 17:35

New Competition for Enchanted Wood Contest

Alice in Wonderland Exlibris

**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 it will be graphically represented by all participants. “The Enchanted Wood” is not only art and culture, but is also the defense and protection of the territory. Borders do not exist so, from the tops of the mountains to the valley it needs everyone help to keep on living!
 
Everything perishes, but not the richness of the forest in all its forms : flora,fauna,landscape,environmental resource,tourism and magic of Ex Libris.
 
The works must be received by April 30, 2016
 
Let's recall the regolation for this edition:

1)     All the artistic techniques are allowed.

2)    The Ex Libris should be made payable to the Solstizio d’Estate. Each artist can submit up to five works each played in five copies and signed on the back of each work will appear indicating:

  •          title,
  •          name,
  •          surname,
  •          adress,
  •          technique,
  •          year of execution.

                Attach resume and e-mail.

3)    The works must have a maximum size of 15x11 cm, the paper size must not exceed 21x24 cm.  All exlibris sent by email will           be rejected.

4)    The short stories should not exceed 7 folders and must be sent by email using the entry form and in paper copy to Solstizio d’Estate Onlus, including

  •          name, surname and adress of the author,
  •          brief curriculum vitae,
  •          e-mail.

5)    The jury’s decision is final.

6)    The winners of the Ex Libris are required a print run of 30 copies of the work awarded.

7)    The works will remain in the availability of Solstizio d'Estate Onlus non-profit organization and will not be returned.

8)    It will be a printed catalog or DVD that will be sent to each participating artist who will require it. The shipping expenses will be charged by the recipient.

9)  Participation in this competition implies acceptance of these regulations.

Contest awards

Unpublished Section

1st Prize:

800 €

2st Prize:

600 €

3st Prize:

500 

Special Prize for School:

200 €

Published Section

1st Prize:

200 €

2st Prize:

150 €
 
 

 

The competition was promoted in a press conference at the XXVIII edition of the International Book Fair of Turin 2015

We thank you for your attention and wish you a happy participation.

Monday, 12 October 2015 15:56

Ex Libris 2015: The Best Friends

 

Best Friends Exlibris

 

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 used for patients of varying pathologies with the objective of improving physical, cognitive, psycho-social and psycho-emotional behaviour. The goal of this co-therapy is to facilitate the therapeutic approach of medical and rehabilitation professionals, especially in cases where a patient is not showing signs of voluntary collaboration. The presence of an animal, in many cases, reinforces an emotional connection with the patient and through this relationship a channel of communication can be established, which stimulates the patient’s active participation.
 
For these reasons, the theme of the edition “Best Friends” was dedicated to our closest friends: Animals, indistinctively. We would rather not have had to dedicate this Ex Libris specifically to Olly & Spank, crossbred Labrador twins, who by a sad twist of fate, at the hands of a distracted driver, lost one of the two Olly. Just like any person who is close to us, he will always be in our hearts and although we may have short memories, for Spank, the twin left, the sadness in his eyes speaks volumes about his continuous thoughts of the brother he lived with for 12 years.
 
As always happens, this competition brings with it something of its own past, but also the embryos of what will be its future: reinventing itself on each occasion in a natural evolution that also takes account of the suggestions of artists and enthusiasts.
 
Now we come to the Ex Libris: they have a propaedeutic component that may make it easier to love (and collect) both contemporary and past artwork, and give more visibility to the engravers of today, because the vitality of the Ex Libris world is certainly superior to that of so-called free graphics. The main feature of this year’s “The Enchanted Woods” compared to the previous edition was that this time entry was free and extended to Italian and foreign artists, rather than only being open to specially invited artists selected from the leading exponents of the genre.
 
The number of works was considerable, though somewhat lacking compared to the past in distinguished foreign entries. Invitations reached Italy, Russia, Turkey and France, Belarus and Lithuania, and China, India, Argentina and Japan, and the response was significant, though not always in accordance with the regulations of the competition. This is why significant works had to be excluded, irrespective of their appeal and content. 
 
We must end with a well-deserved thank you to all the artists who chose to take part in this venture, in the hope that we will able to count on their precious co-operation again for the next edition of our competition, whose theme will be "Alice in Wonderland"

 

Lina and Tommaso Lo Russo


Contest Winners


1st Prize:

Bosco Stregato Exlibris: 1°Premio

Maria Rosanna Cafolla

Roma

2st Prize:

Bosco Stregato Exlibris: 2°Premio

Aleksandr Ulybin

Brest

3st Prize:

Bosco Stregato Exlibris: 3°Premio

Serife Gonca Kaya

Turkye

 
 

Short Stories Winners

1st Prize ex aequo:

Piero Tacconi

 

"Pelo nero di vento

1st Prize ex aequo:

Santy Melizia

 

"Ma come. Ma cosa"

2st Prize:

Mia Garretti

 

"Il Pesciolino innamorato"

 
 
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Ex Libris 2007: Little Red Riding Hood

    Exlibris Cappuccetto rosso

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 were not the fairy tales of Perrault, or those of the Brothers Grimm, or even of Andersen. But they had an age-old, homely flavour, and though they were always the same, every evening some new detail would be added to the detriment of others that would be forgotten.
 
In this way, grandad’s fole had the feel of a rustic Commedia of the art, the form of theatre in which improvisation and invention prevails over the narrative plot, and unlikely characters enter on stage and exit depending on the whims of the storyteller. Then we would go off to bed, leaving just a tuft of hair exposed, dreading the arrival of the big bad wolf or the mysterious mago Carigù. Luckily, we were so tired after all the games and running around during the day that after a few seconds we would fall asleep nonetheless.
 
There were also books of fairy tales in large print, with illustrations for children who were still too young to read. But the most sought-after fairy tale albums (that is what they were called) were those that with each turn of the page unveiled an array of colours, characters, castles, meadows, mountains and fields. These would stand up on the page, becoming three-dimensional with refined fold, overlay and inlay effects, only to go back into hiding when the page was turned again to make room for the next picture: paper architecture,an art known as pop-up today.
 
What would have become of fables, whether famous or otherwise, if there had been no grandparents passing them on to generation after generation of grandchildren?
 
Would they have continued to have success without the illustrations, the paper architecture, the cinema, dance and theatre, and the multimediality of today? One depends on the other, and they are all inseparably part of the fola. Could Ex Libris be any different? Certainly not. So repeating an event - in our case, a competition in which the leading roles are played by fairy tales and Ex Libris gives a new lease of life to the alliance between fables and art, between books and Ex Libris. This gives a sense of meaning to the Enchanted Wood Prize, which - year after year - present artists with new fairy tales to interpret through their works. And when we see these works spread out on a table, hanging on a wall, or in a publication, it is like going back to being a child again in front of a roaring fire, enchanted by the paper architecture and grandad’s voice telling story… after story… after story…
 
But don’t let me bore you any more, or send you to sleep. What is important is that - in the end - they all lived happily ever after
 
Cristiano Beccaletto

Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Pavel Hlavaty

2st Prize

Ettore Antonini

3st Prize

Roberta Pancera

4st Prize:

Pierre Lindner

5st Prize

Valerio Mezzetti

6st Prize

Nina Kazimova

Short Stories Winners

Free Section

1st Prize
 
Irma Fenoglio
 
"Defina, Cappuccetto rosso e Billy ovvero la vera storia del lupo e della perfida Cappuccetto rosso"
 
2st Prize
 
Liliana e Matteo Scarparo
 
"Cappuccetto Rosso e il figlio del Lupo Cattivo"
3st Prize
 
Flavia Lamonato
 
"Dal punto di vista del Lupo"
4st Prize
 
Serena Nigido Perroncito
 
"Il giallo del Cappuccetto Rosso"

School Section

1st Prize

Liceo Classico “De Sanctis” - Trani (BA)
 
Casalino Anita, Di Marzo Federica, Ferrante Prudenza, Giorgio Benedetta, Lippolis Deborah
 
"Cappuccetto  Rosso  e  il Lupo  cattivo in musical"

2st Prize

Classe 1ª D Scuola Media Statale  “Piumati  Craveri Dalla Chiesa”
Bra (CN) 
 

 

 

"Cappuccetto  Rosso"

3st Prize

Belsito Vincenzo - Classe V Ginnasiale Sezione C
Liceo Scientifico V. Vecchi - Bisceglie (BA)
 
 

 

"Cappuccetto  Rosso  e  il Lupo  cattivo"
 
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Ex Libris 2008: The Sleeping Beauty

Exlibris Bellla addormentata

 

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 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 world; a world where the impossible becomes possible, even though it may only be an imaginary, temporary refuge.  With the birth of philosophy and - more recently - scientific thought, the mythological approach to reality has lost value.
 
The wealth of myths and legends that exist suggests that their most secret source lies within the human psyche. There are no 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 of all mankind. So if basic needs are the same, at times myths, legends and fables are themselves very similar, because they all have to provide a response to a single issue: the complexity of life.
 
Works from 200 artists (some already established, while others are names for the future), and including 105 women, have arrived from almost all over the world.  In past editions, entrants were only allowed to use a limited number of techniques. This time there have been no such restrictions, but rather than having a detrimental effect on the quality, which has continued to improved, this has encouraged the use of more innovative, modern techniques.
 
Standards, meanwhile, continue to rise, however high they may already have been in previous editions. And this makes selection a particularly hard task, because works have to be excluded on the grounds of a lack of financial resources, rather than of quality, and we are unable to reward as many artists as we would have liked with their inclusion in the catalogue.
 
We conclude with a well-deserved thank you to all the artists who have taken part, we very much hope to be able to count on their valuable co-operation in the next edition of our competition.
 
Tommaso Lo Russo

 


Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Ettore Antonini

2st Prize

Aubert Patrik

3st Prize

Valerio Mezzetti

4st Prize:

Annamaria Fascia

4st Prize ex aequo

Andreas Raub

 
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Ex Libris 2008: Food & wine

Exlibris  enogastronomia

Enogastronomy:

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 who have dedicated themselves to this theme, or created new designs especially for this occasion.

 

Lina Lo Russo


Contest Winner

1st Prize:

Plamenko Cencik

2st Prize:

Lanfranco Lanari

3st Prize:

Ruslan Agirba

3st Prize ex aequo:

Oy Yee Hung Malou

Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Ex Libris 2009: The God Tammuz

Exlibris Tammuz, dio sumero

 

“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 this point is: who was “the god Tammuz”?
 
The answer is not so simple, however. Indeed, there may be more than one!
 
Obviously he was a minor deity, but a certain amount of confusion is created as soon as an attempt is made to date the period: Babylonian, or maybe better still Sumerian. If, as it seems, Tammuz (Dammuz) was Sumerian, he would be more than five thousand years old and would have been born on the day of the Winter Solstice, the 21st of December. An initial analogy is therefore evident; while the “Summer Solstice” Association (who organize “the Enchanted Wood” competition) celebrates its birth on the longest day of the year, Tammuz would have been born on the shortest day (which is not, as is incorrectly believed, St. Lucy’s day).
 
You cannot speak about Tammuz, however, without referring to his lover Ishtar (the goddess of youth). Her love for him was so strong that, when Tammuz was slain by a wild boar, the beautiful Ishtar descended into the underworld to reclaim her consort. 
 
Could there be greater love?
 
Tammuz and Ishtar do not only represent mutual love however, They are also a sign of the changing seasons, and of the winter that longs for spring, just as night pursues day and vice-versa.
 

 

Tommaso Lo Russo


Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Josef Werner

2st Prize:

Luigi Casalino

3st Prize:

Pavel Hlavaty

4°Prize:

Grigoryan Hayk

Short Stories Winners

1st Prize:

Annarita Morini

"LA RIBELLIONE DI TAMMUZ"

2st Prize:

Graziella Naurath

"TAMUZIO IL BIMBO DELLA PACE"

3st Prize:

Donatella Taverna

"I FIORI DI TAMMUZ"

4st Prize ex aequo:

Franca Trevisi

"IL SACRIFICIO DI TAMMUZ"

5st Prize ex aequo:

Flavia Lamonato

"QUANDO LA MORTE È VITA"

6st Prize ex aequo:

Nicu Bianca

"IL GIORNO PIÙ BELLO"

Special Jury Prize

Antonio Papalia

"TAMMUZ"

Special Jury Prize

Anna Maria Magnone

 

 

Exlibris Bosco stregato 2010

 

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.
 
Why is “Solstizio d’Estate” (Summer Solstice) dedicated to myths, legends and magic?
 
Quite simply because we cannot afford to miss an extraordinary opportunity to open a window on the innermost thoughts of mankind. 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.
 
With the birth of philosophy and – more recently – scientific thought, the mythological approach to reality has lost value. The wealth of myths and legends that exist suggests that their most secret source lies within the human psyche. There are not 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 of all mankind.
 
So if the basic needs are the same, at times myths, legends and fables are themselves very similar, because they all have to provide a response to a single issue: the complexity of life.
 
The number of the works was considerable, though somewhat lacking compared to the past in distinguished foreign entries.  invitations reached Italy, Russia, Turkey and France, Belarus and Lithuania, and China, Argentina and Japan, and the response was significant, though not always in accordance with the regulations of the competition. 
 
This is why significant works had to be excluded, irrespective of their appeal and content. Ex Libris experts, who know all the artists who are active in every part of the word, will find various prestigious names here, but they will also have the surprise of seeing the work of engravers (and schools) who are (at last) approaching the world of Ex Libris for the first time. Everyone else, who knows little or nothing about Ex Libris and the art of engraving, will (we are sure) appreciate the creativity and variety of so many works inspired by fairy tales and myths, legends and dreams, collective or private as they may be. 
The work of the jury was not easy, setting out as it did to give priority to all the works which complied with the regulations.
 
We must end with a well-deserved thank you to all the artists who have chosen to take part in this adventure, in the hope of being able to count on their precious co-operation again for the next competition “Odysseus, journey into Myth” with an invitation to all to participate.
 
Lina e Tommaso Lo Russo

Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Valerio Mezzetti

2st Prize:

Klaus Sperling

3st Prize:

Maria Rosanna Cafolla

4st Prize:

Giulia Priami

 

Exlibris ulisse

 

“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 in Langhe“, with a section of paintings, sculptures, short stories and murals. It has been a continuous growth and we are very proud of that.
 
In 2004, thanks to Rossella Magliano and don Giusto Truglia, the contest arrives to the Ex Libris with a strong relationship with Remo Palmirani who has been an exceptional promoter even if for a short time because of his untimely death. In Italy, Russia, Turkey, France and Lithuania as in China, Argentina, Germany and Japan our invitations have arrived and we have received a lot of significant answers.
 
If the “Book's international salon” in Turin is dedicated to “green economy”, it is noteworthy that “The Enchanted Wood” is not only art and culture, but it is also territorial defense. The land belongs to everyone, from mountaintops to the valley, because the boundaries do not exist and it must continue to live. Everything perishes, but the richness of the forest in all its forms (flora, fauna, landscape, environmental resource, tourism and the magic of short stories and ex libris) continues to live.
 
And now we come to the edition “Odysseus, journey into myth”. We received many Ex Libris and this year also novels in dialect of Abruzzo and an idiom from Venezuela (wayuunaiki). Odysseus (Ulysses) is the symbol of the immigrant or just the traveler in search of new discoveries. He represents the paradigm of the irrepressible human desire to travel around the world looking for adventure and knowledge. But perhaps more important is the trip back home. It is during the return journey that the maturation of the traveler takes place, just after having completed the tasks for which he had left.
 
Past and present make sense in anticipation of a future that is a synthesis of everything that happened before, of every experience. It is no longer the house from which he started, but it is a place that holds the world the traveler has known and all the experiences he lived. Usually they talk about the route to a destination, while saying little or nothing about the return trip or about the hope to travel. We think these two aspects are very important and significant too. The voyage of Ulysses to Troia lasted three months. His stay lasted ten years because of war, and his return trip home lasted another 10 years.
 
In conclusion, we must thank all the artist and novelists who wanted to participate to this initiative, hoping to count again on their precious collaboration next time.
 
Lina e Tommaso Lo Russo

 


Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Paolo Rovegno

2st Prize:

Rosario Amato

3st Prize:

Rejane Véron

 

Short Stories Winners

1st Prize:

Stefania Apeddu

Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore “G. Manno”  Alghero

"DE’ REMI FACEMMO ALI AL FOLLE VOLO"

2st Prize:

Sara Petroni

Scuola Media Statale “Ferruccio Parri”  Roma

"ODISSEO, VIAGGIO NEL MITO"

2st Prize ex aequo:

Sara Buttarelli

Scuola Media Statale “Ferruccio Parri” Roma

"ANDATA E RITORNO"

3st Pri :

Sergio Tonon

 

 

"ADE"

 
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Ex Libris 2011: The esotericism

Exlibris esoterismo

 

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 of all mankind. So if the basic needs are the same, at times myths, legends and fables are themselves very similar, because they all have to provide a response to a single issue: the complexity of life.
 
When we first thought of producing a catalogue on magic, the idea of delving into black magic and the ambience that revolves around it did not cross our minds. And if our thoughts did venture there, we instinctively discarded it and limited ourselves to the philosophical content of esotericism, occultism and the magical sciences in general, dwelling in particular on magic as art, and above all on art as magic.
 
Our catalogue includes some artists - now deceased - who are authors of figurative solutions of great value. Though they feature suggestive settings at times, they always manage to convey messages that often have considerable social impact. Being artists, they do not explain the meaning of what they do. Symbols, metaphors, allegories and even acronyms or abbreviations are often only clear references to those who belong to, know or have some familiarity with the world of magical sciences, masonry, occultism and esotericism.
 
As magicians, artists must undergo an initiation which is not only technical, but also  as it were religious, mystical and philosophical.
 
Originally occultism was dialectically related to scientificality, rather than opposed to it. For the great magicians of the XIX Century, magic was the noblest of sciences, so it is no mere coincidence that the definition “occult sciences” originated during this period.
 
Tommaso Lo Russo
 
 
Today there are very many secret societies, such as the Freemasons and the Order of Druids, whose philosophies are based on symbols and rituals, and they conceal their esoteric knowledge behind them. Anyone relying on the power of symbols believes that they are able to communicate a particular world, and can express a deep truth which is at times hidden in fairy tales, legends, gnostic parables, images, rituals and oneiric messages.
 
Symbols - which may be a sentence, a word or even a sign are linked to rituals. Even items of clothing, particular colours or objects take on their own meanings within the various societies: their connotations change depending on the system they belong to, so the interpretations which a mason, a Rosicrucian and a modern witch give to a triangle or a sun will not necessarily coincide.
 
Using symbols and rites does not, however, simply mean knowing the “rules of the game”: their power is a very “serious” theme in the world of magic, as it allows for real, tangible effects. Despite what is commonly thought, magical thought works in the same way as scientific thought: the problems to solve are abstracted from their context and then introduced into a symbolic system in which a solution can be found. What changes is the system, not the method.
 
The symbol is capable of revealing certain - indeed the deepest aspects of reality which elude any other means of knowledge. These are the symbols which speak directly to man, immediately showing their material guise. Through the use of simple words, symbols bring back to light the essential, otherwise hidden meaning of life and project man into the dimension of the sacred.
 
Returning to the catalogue, we hope that the array of works presented will be of some help in the mystery that is the life of the artist and the magic that accompanies it. As “Remo Palmirani” puts it, the works of these artists are fruit of the omnipotence of imagination.  
The subject of magic was one of the many passions of Remo Palmirani, the great collector and lover of Ex Libris and art.  As his daughters, we have been instilled with a passion for researching his archives by his enthusiasm and tireless scholarship and collecting. We do not have our father’s skills. However, we want to honour his memory with an anthology of works associated with some of the artists of Ex Libris he loved and which are included in a collection of no fewer than 44,000 items built up during over 25 years. 
 
As far as we are concerned, we have always considered our father and Ex Libris as being deeply and intimately correlated. So for us approaching the world of Ex Libris and taking an interest in collecting has been an entirely natural process. So as not to limit the venture simply to Ex Libris from the Palmirani collection, we have conceived a joint operation with Summer Solstice, who have supplied other pieces which are reproduced in this catalogue.
 
We hope the catalogue will be welcomed by Remo Palmirani’s many friends, and will not be disliked either by those detractors who failed to speak out until after his passing. At the same time, we also hope that this volume will be appreciated by both “old” followers of Ex Libris and new enthusiasts who have decided to approach this fascinating, stimulating world.
 

Benedetta e Costanza Palmirani

 
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19

Short Stories 2010: The Magic Mountain

Novelle Bosco Stregato, La montagna magica

 

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
 
 sky.
 
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

 

Laura Appignanesi


Short Stories Winners

1st Prize:

Domenico Rinaudi

"Il Demone della Montagna"

2st Prize:

Nina Lari

"La Montagna dei Sogni"

3st Prize:

Antonio Papalia

"La Montagna nella Nuvola"

1st Prize ex aecquo:

Donatella Taverna

 

"Racconto a colori"

2st Prize ex aecquo:

Sara Petroni

Scuola F.Parri, Roma 

"La Montagna Magica"

3st Prize ex aequo:

Andrea Rosso

Liceo Giolitti, Bra

"Il Peso di una Lacrima"

 

La Bella addormentata nel bosco novelle

 

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 , the heroine of the Volsunghi saga ( which is part of the myth of Siegfried ), but there are also versions even more remote that date back to the times of Greeks and Trojans: the starring is Princess Zellandine who is in love with Troylus. In this version young princess’s father put him to the test to see if he is worthy of his daughter , and as soon as he left ,  Zellandine falls into an enchanted sleep . On his return , Troylus found her asleep and gets her pregnant. When the baby is born, he awakens her mother by removing the linen thread that caused her sleep. So there is the happy ending of Troylus marrying Zellandine .
 
In Pentamerone the sleep is not the result of a spell but a prophecy ; the prince doesn’t kiss the princess but he rapes her, and is one of two children resulting from the sexual violence to awaken her.
 
A more recent version is titled “Sleeping Beauty”, appears in the Kinder-und Hausmarchen (1812 ) written by the brothers Grimm. In the first part it is partially similar to the version of Perrault.
 
Concerning the italian writers,  Italo Calvino wrote his interpretation of the fairy tales of the wood in the collection " Fiabe italiane ." 
 
Yet in the wood are set tales of Little Red Cap passing through it to go to his grandmother;  Tom Thumb, that the evil stepmother wants to abandon. Fairy for all seasons that allow us to dream, as in Pretty Woman, detaching ourselves from the real world where good things don’t always happen as in fairy tales 

Short Stories Winners


1st Prize:

Federica Bazzoffi

"Rivisito la fiaba della Bella

addormentata nel Bosco"

2st Prize ex aequo:

Katty Amadio e Gradys Grazia Calvi

"Storia di ghiri, furetti, fatine
e "La bella addormentata
nel bosco"
 
"La bella addormentata...
una storia di oggi"

3st Prize ex aequo:

Franca Trevisi, Marcella Blasiol, Agata Ewa Kordecka

"Mirella e la Principessa

dormiente"

 

"Tempo"

 

"La Bella Addormentata"

 
Thursday, 09 July 2015 02:35

Ex Libris 2004: The Enchanted Woods

Exlibris  bosco stregato

 

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 of many) originated by the changing times. The exlibris as collector's item has supplanted the exlibris "trademark owned", becoming a graphic art commissioned and custom made to be exchanged with other similar. These changes mean that often cries to the scandal by those who believe they are the custodians and defenders of exlibris orthodoxy. Yet even in the first decades of the twentieth century, the golden age of the exlibris, there were great exlibris collector, those, for instance, that they would never "met" a book, because their only end was circulated among fans.

And there it is not said that in the nineteenth and twentieth century the exlibris were used very frequently because it is defended better the rare and precious books. The books, even those antiques, costing no more certain today; it was simply a matter of custom. It was fashionable to have in its own name one or more sheets (which they were always glued on the books is still to be proved) and made a display of this sign to show their membership of a particular class. But then it was not implicitly an intellectual elite is demonstrated by the fact that many men of great culture, both in Italy and abroad, did not have their own exlibris.

If many were in the past those who had personal exlibris, and however true that this graphics ed so special (which combines the bibliophile with collecting art) found its maximum visibility during exhibitions and competitions. Those who know the history of the exlibris modern know that at the end of the nineteenth century were born a bit 'everywhere the different national associations libris, preceded and accompanied by frequent exhibitions and competitions of success..

In Italy, for example, where the first exlibris association dates back to 1910 but already in 1904 in Venice was a competition for a exlibris for public libraries, while in 1905, in Milan, he organized a competition to choose a sheet for town hall. Even "On the modern artist, fortnightly magazine illustrated art pure and applied", authoritative and popular periodical Turin, held a successful exlibris competition in 1908. And that was followed then many others in different cities.

Among the exhibits, apart from the VI Exhibition of Venice (1905), in which it was possible to see beautiful ex libris of Aristide Sartorio, Alberto Martini and Alfredo Baruffi, very important for the understanding and development of the exlibris was the first Italian Show of xilografy in Levanto, in the 1912.

From those distant times exhibitions and competitions have become very frequent a bit all over the world. Ex libris associations, public libraries, organizations and institutions of various kinds are activated now to have an exlibris to use now to commemorate a famous person or to advertise a place or institution. So often that exlibris competitions is little or no interest to the bibliophile component of the exlibris, but see this essentially a graphics  type of art memorial.

Maybe so it "betrays" the function for which these sheets are born, and would certainly be better to abandon the use of the word exlibris, but there are at least two reasons that lead us to think that it is useful to continue on this path.

Since the visibility of the bookplate of use (that of the past, but even more than this) is reduced to a minimum, it is clear that competitions and exhibitions of all kinds are still titles to disclose the exlibris in his different expressions. Besides the not numerous scholars and experts, who know every secret, there are others who know nothing of exlibris, which can be entice take an interest, and no fi by commissioning one for their books.

And then the exlibris has also another component in preparation: it can help to love (and collecting) the graphics art, both contemporary or of the past. and can even give greater visibility to the work of engravers today, because the vitality of the world of the bookplate is certainly higher than that of the so-called free graphics..

But now we come to "The Enchanted Woods" and its main feature. Contrary to what is done almost everywhere, they could attend only the invited artists, chosen from among the most important that you devote to routinely perform exlibris. Apart from these, the invitation was extended to Italian artists who never or rarely had engraved bookplate, but whose skills are well recognized, and some young people who were brought to light in recent times

In Italy and in Russia, Turkey and France, Belarus and Lithuania, as well as in China, Argentina and Japan have got our invitations and responses have been numerous and significant, despite some initial organizational difficulties.

Experts of the exlibris, those who know all the artists in the world, will find here several prestigious names, but will also be surprised to see great works of engravers who approach for the first time (and finally) to 'the the exlibris The others, those who know little or nothing of exlibris and engraving art, we believe they will appreciate the creativity and variety, many works born from the knowledge of tales and myths, legends and dreams, but also collective private. That's why some works are easier to read, while others are less immediate and requires a measure of interpretation; but all are perfectly consistent with the theme required, despite the different sensitivity and respect for specific culture author.

The work of the jury was not easy: the rising artistic quality of many works arrived has created some ('certainly not unpleasant, and also predictable) hesitation in adjudicating the awards, but everything has been decided in complete freedom and without preconceptions, as always we would like to see happen on occasions like those in foreign countries known for their chauvinism.

We conclude with a big thank you to all the artists who wanted to participate in this initiative, hoping to be able still count on their valuable collaboration in the upcoming editions of the competition.

Remo Palmirani


Contest Winners


Primo vincitore edizione 2004

1st Prize:

Roberto Tonelli

Secondo vincitore edizione 2004

2st prize:

Juri Jakovenko

Terzo vincitore edizione 2004

3st prize:

Vladmiro Elvieri

 

Exlibris Gabriele d'annunzio

 

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 by this celebrity composer, writer, playwright, scriptwriter, journalist, food connoisseur, hero, Freemason and reckless playboy. Although he is often remembered as a symbol of Italian Decadentism, he was debated and controversial, charming yet disapproved of.
 
The tireless writer of a thousand works, he was a leader of the “new civilisation of images” and the emergence of busy cities that began to colour their streets with advertising and neon lights. On the other hand, in antithesis of his idyllic “city of Silence”, for which the “Vate” yearns but does not live in, it is in cities of noise and bright colours where he lives out his days.
 
Gabriele D’Annunzio is a living oxymoron, because within him two realities collide: silence and chaos, day and night, the rule of chaos, erethism and atony, beauty and pleasure. He was always in search of a way to sustain his “words” with images or icons, reinforcing one with the strength of the other: consider the names he gave to his characters and stage directions for the film “Cabiria” directed by Giovanni Pastrone. Like in an Ex Libris, images are sublimated from the motto and dedication. There is a D’Annunzio to be entirely rediscovered and valued that despite his unmistakable exploits and the cliché of a man with boundless energy, was a melancholy and tormented character who only in his many acts of betrayal, saw loyalty.
 
“Il Bosco Stregato” (The Enchanted Wood) is another dimension, a dip into the memory of stories, fables and tales popolar 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. Everyone else, who knows little or nothing about Ex Libris and the art of engraving, will (we are sure) appreciate the creativity and variety if so many works inspired to Gabriele D’Annunzio.
 
All works, were perfectly related to the topic requested, although in the respect for the author’s specific culture, the works of the Jury was not easy, setting out as it did to give priority to all the works which complied with the regulations. We must end with a well-deserved thank you to all the artists who have chosen to take part in this adventure, in the hope of being able to count on their precious co-operation againg for the next competition “Best Friend – Pet Therapy” with an invitations to all to participate.
 
 

 

Lina e Tommaso Lo Russo


Contest Winners

1st Prize:

Pavel Hlavaty

2st Prize:

Mauricio Schvarzman

3st Prize:

Ivo Mosele

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