The Exhibition of World Illustrations—the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of Hans Christian Andersen Award (Beijing) is open

On 11 August, the Exhibition of World Illustrations—the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of Hans Christian Andersen Award (Beijing), which was sponsored by CITIC Press Group, the National Library of China (National Museum of Classic Books), and Shanghai Jingcai Culture Creativity Co., Ltd., was open in NO.7 and NO.8 Exhibition Hall of the National Museum of Classic Books (NMCB), which displayed nearly 300 illustrations by 25 award-winners from 1966 to 2014 at the NMCB.

Li Yixin, deputy director of Publication and Management Department, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China, Hai Fei, former president of Chinese Board on Books for Young People, Zhang Mingzhou, deputy president of Chinese Board on Books for Young People, Michael Neugebauer, executive committee member of International Board on Books for Young People, Pan Yue, vice manager of CITIC Press Group, and Li Honglin, NLC deputy director and NMCB executive deputy director, attended the opening ceremony. Xiong Liang, Chinese famous original picture book writer, and other experts in children's reading promotion area were also present.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award was recognized internationally as the highest honor for children's literary writers and illustrators, which was considered as the unique global award for children's literature. It was named after Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish fairy tale writer, sponsored by Queen Margaret II of Denmark, and inaugurated in 1956 by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). With the development of picture books in the world wide, the illustration award was increased in 1966. Thus, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustrators came into being. Every two years, experts on children's literature from around the world formed an international evaluation group, who selected illustrators from the candidates who had been nominated for their "lasting contributions to children's literature". Up to present, there had been 26 illustrators who got this honor, including Anthony Browne, Mitsumasa Anno, Maurice Sendak, Robert Ingpen, Lisbeth Zwerger, and so on. They were from different countries with different cultural background, and they got the award by their contributions to children's literature.

The exhibition was divided into 5 parts according to the chronological order. According to the exhibition hall features and space arrangement, the design team blended science, technology and interesting interactive activities into the exhibition. Both adults and children could find their artistic potentials in this visual feast. The exhibition will be ended on 29 October 2017.

As the important juveniles education base and traditional culture transmission base, the NMCB shoulders the responsibility of disseminating classic knowledge and carrying forward excellent classic culture, with children literature dissemination and development included. In this illustration exhibition, different styles, different schools and different cultures will converge and radiate the light of the illustration art in different eras and spaces. The audience can experience the art of the original works at close range, appreciate the creativity of the illustrators, and appreciate the grand world of illustrations.

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