Exhibition “viva literatura!” in the Alexanderhaus in Berlin

For the first time in Berlin six outstanding picture book illustrators from central and eastern Europe presented themselves in a common exhibition!  “viva literatura!” in the Alexanderhaus at Alexanderplatz showed imagery between a great tradition, outstanding technical realization and a a striking high artistic expression.

Piret Raud from Estonia showed us her delicate, airy drawings; this way of drawing we could also find in the work of the Hungarian Illustrator Mari Takács – but she hands these delicate designs and thoughts completely different, by creating a contrast with intense colours and surfaces. Damijan Stepančič from Slovenia showed his imaginative visual ideas in the firm technique of coloured drawing, while the russian artist Zina Surova composes the content by using a variety of materials and the collage technique. The works of the Polish illustrator Katarzyna Bogucka are modern and powerful in shape and colour, and yet in details they remind of times long past. Beside this, the athmospheric, traditional looking backgrounds of the Graphic Novels of Pavel Čech from the Czech Republic seem almost enchanted and not of this world.

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The exhibition is part of the 1st festival “viva literatura! Children´s literatures from Central and Eastern Europe” / June 2014 and being enabled and generously funded through the foundation Berliner Sparkasse.