Locations

Florence, from 25th March to 28th May 2017

Museo degli Innocenti – Salone Borghini
Piazza SS. Annunziata, 13

The exhibition will be open daily from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm
FREE ADMISSION

Venice – Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà
Milan – Istituti Milanesi Martinitt e Stelline, from 18th March 2018
Rome – Locations currently being confirmed, from 23rd November 2018

Naples – Real Casa dell’Annunziata, from 20th November 2016 to 28th February 2017

The Project

The idea of an exhibition accompanied by numerous concurrent initiatives was born from a visit by the artist Letizia Galli to the Istituto degli Innocenti (Institute of the Innocents) in Florence.

Thus came the story of “AGATA SMERALDA” and the idea of creating a large-scale exhibition displaying around 210 original drawings by the artist of the various characters of her children’s books published not just in Italy, but also in France, Germany, Spain, the United States and Japan.

We present a short descriptive pathway of the exhibition, Storie di Bambini (Stories of Children), that has already been created in Naples.

THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE EXHIBITION

The experiences of the characters in the books by Letizia Galli are added to those of Agata Smeralda, sharing the stories of all the children who dream about, hope for, want a better future.

Agata Smeralda

Protagonist of the new book by Letizia Galli, she follows the goings-on of the Istituto degli Innocenti at the time of its foundation and when the first child was left there in 1444.

(from the book “Agata Smeralda” – published by Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, Modena)

Igor

Protagonist of a contemporary story that unfolds in the underground of the Moscow Metro.

(from the book “His name is Igor” – published by Palace Verlag, Zurich and other countries)

Abdou

The story of a child from the African desert lured by the dream of a better life, who listens to the voice of a mysterious butterfly.

(from the book “Comme le Papillon” – published by Points de Suspension, Paris)

Willy

The story of a child living in a large crowded city who transforms the din into fabulous music.

(from the book “Willy’s Stadt” – published by Atlantis Pro Juventute, Zurich and other countries)

Michelangelo

The tale of Michelangelo’s rebellious childhood and youth through to his creation of the magnificent ‘David’ statue.

(from the book “Michael the Angel” – Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, Modena)

Leonardo

The antics and uniqueness of Leonardo da Vinci since he was a child, and his artworks that all have embraced.

(from the book “Mona Lisa, the secret of the smile” – published by Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, Modena)

Federico

The magician Federico Fellini in his hometown of Rimini, narrated by his famous fibs.

(from the book “Il sogno di Federico” – Rose Archinto Editore, Milan and other countries)

Dora

Dora, a South American girl, enters into the creepy labyrinth of a Luna Park, facing and overcoming her phobia of insects all by herself.

(from the book “La Folle Équipée” – Grasset Jeunesse Editore, Paris)

Aïcha, Réhane, Salima

Three African sisters and their mother flee from their warring country of Senegal and find refuge in Mali.

(from the book “À la courbe du Joliba” – Grasset Jeunesse Editore, Paris)

Sara e Pietro

The brother and sister team find seemingly insignificant objects in the attic, about which they tell the most adventurous stories.

(from the books “Il bottone di Sara e Pietro”; “La scatola di Sara e Pietro”; “La palla di Sara e Pietro” – Fulmino Editore, Rimini)

Zeus, Hermes e altri…

The birth of the most famous characters in Greek mythology. Zeus, Hermes and many more…

(from the books “La mitologia, le avventure degli dei”; “La mitologia, gli eroi e gli uomini” – Centurion Editore, Paris – Lapis Editore, Rome)

Nino, Susi, Toni, Ines

Nino, Susi, Toni and Ines manage to solve the problems of the planet in a simple and joyful way.

(from the new series on ecology)

LETIZIA GALLI, THE ARTIST

Letizia Galli began her career as an architect before creating a series of gorgeous comics adapted from the great works of theatre and opera for the Corriere dei Piccoli (“Children’s Courier”). Following on from being published, either as an illustrator or writer-illustrator, she produced numerous books, mainly in Spain, the United States, Germany and France.

Her main source of inspiration is the artistic patrimony of Italy, dear to her childhood in Tuscan. Either alone or together with a range of authors, Letizia Galli creates books that are brimming with wisdom and, at the same time, imagination so as to render accessible to children the artistic universe of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the cinema of Fellini to which she dedicated a book (Premio Encres et argent, 1994), of historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, the Greek-Roman myths (Premio Octogone, 1991) and the Bible (72 episodes of a television series, 1987-1988, then books translated into 27 languages).

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