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Ex Libris 2017: The Jungle Book and The Disney World

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Bosco Stregato 2017

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, we are sure that their memory is still active and passionate about literature.

For everyone Kipling's educational and pedagogical concept is still influential and has remained intact throughout times. Inspired by a true story, Kipling's novel is full of wonder and it can send the readers in another dimension, very different from everyday life, where talking animals are the main characters and good defeats evil, thing that is unlikely to happen in real life. In a era in which everyone is depressed, looking for fortunes, selfish, romantic, unsure and easily deceived, searching for a shelter in a fantasy realm and promoting creativity is actually very contemporary.

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 artworks, 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 Echanted 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 in Italy, Russia, Turkey and France, Belarus and Lithuania, Mexico, Kazakistan 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. Ex libris experts, who know all the artists who are active in every part of the world, 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. In complete freedom and with no preconceptions, we have named foreigners as winners.

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 cooperation again for the next edition of our competition.

Tommaso e Lina Lo Russo


Contest Winners


1st Prize Ex aequo:

 Elena Hlodec


Elena Hlodec
 

C3 - C5


France

 Ivo Mosele

Ivo Mosele
 

C7


Italy

2nd Prize Ex aequo:

Marina Terauds


Marina Terauds
 

C3


Usa

 Silvana Martignoni


Silvana Martignoni
 

C3 - C7


Italy

3rd Prize Ex aequo:

 Rakesh Bani




C3 - C5


India

 Paolo Graziani



C3


Italy

4rt Prize Ex aequo:

 Maurizio Sicchiero



Maurizio Sicchiero

C3


Italy

 Tatyana Kryukova


Tatiana Kryukova

C3 - C5


Russia

Jury Special Prizes

 Maria Rosanna Cafolla


Maria Rosanna Cafolla

C4 - C7


Italy

 Michele Stragliati


Michele Stragliati

C7


Italy

 Marianna Antonacci


Maria Antonacci

C3 - C5


Italy

School Section: 
The Great of Tomorrow

This year again, the work of schools has been worthy of the highest consideration. As always, the Jury of "The Enchanted Woods" wishes to emphasize that the prizes were the schools as a whole, and not the individual young artists.

Particular thanks go to the trainers and teachers who have been able to infuse the art and culture of Ex Libris into their students, tomorrow's future artists.

 Liceo Russoli

 

Liceo Russoli

 

Pisa

Italy

 Secondary Art School

 

Nyiregeyháza Secondary Art School

 

Nyiregyháza

Hungary

 Pinot Gallizio

 

 

Liceo Pinot Gallizio

 

Alba

Italy

 Laboratory Printmaking

Youth Culture

 

Laboratory Printmaking Youth Culture

 

Stargard

Polonand

 Art School St Lenin 56

 

 

Art School St Lenin 56

 

Lesnoy City

Russia

Pralboino 

Elementary School

 

Istituto Comprensivo - Scuola Elementare di Pralboino
 

Pralboino

Italy

 Children's Art school

 

Children's Art school

Orel

Russia

 Liceul Vocational de Arta

 

Liceul Vocational de Arta
 

Targu Mures

Romania

 Red Hood Studio

 

Red Hood Studio

 

Piazeczno


Poland

Emilia Stanev School

 

Emilia Stanev School

 

Velikovo Tarnovo


Bulgaria

 Academy of Arts Kiev

 

Academy of Arts Kiev

Kiev

Ukraine

Secondary Art School

 

Tarnowjskies Gory Secondary Art School

Tarnowjskies Gory


Poland

 Ufa Arts School

 

Ufa arts Schools

Ufa

Bashkortostan (Russia)

 Liceo G. Giolitti - G. B. Gandino

 

Liceo Gandino

Bra

Italy

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