Cover Revolution!

Running until 28 October, 2018

Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing

NUI Galway is delighted to host an exhibition that celebrates contemporary Italian illustrators and their collaboration with the publishing industry.

A revolution is taking place on Italian book­stores shelves, and more and more often illus­trators are being asked to use their colour palettes and distinctive marks to update publishers’ visual identities or redefine an author’s image. A handful of publish­ers, talented art directors, and a group of internationally acclaimed Italian illustra­tors, known for their original and powerful work, are responsible for this change. The idea to document this propitious moment in Italian illustration came to life after ob­serving this phenomenon, and this exhibition brings to light the work of some of the most loved and respected Italian illustrators: Fran­co Matticchio, Lorenzo Mattotti, Emiliano Ponzi, Guido Scarabottolo, Gianluigi Toc­cafondo, and Olimpia Zagnoli.

Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Established Professor and Head of Italian at NUI Galway, said: “This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to observe the synergy between the creative practices of visual artists and those of authors, and the ways in which the written word evokes incredibly powerful and captivating images. The colours in this exhibition are vibrant, and the echoes of various styles, especially surrealism and modernism, uncanny.”

Exhibition Details


September 26 – October 28, 2018


Hardiman Building foyer


Melania Gazzotti


NUI Galway; The Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin; The Italian Embassy in Ireland

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  1. GUIDO SCARABOTTOLO, Cover revolution! Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing
  2. FRANCO MATTICCHIO: Giorgio Scerbanenco, Traditori di tutti, Garzanti Libri, 1998 [Traitors to All or Duca and the Milan murders]
  3. LORENZO MATTOTTI: Maurizio De Giovanni, Vipera, Einaudi, 2014
  4. GIANLUIGI TOCCAFONDO: Alessandro Baricco, Ilario Meandri, Herman Melville. Tre scene da Moby Dick, Fandango Libri, 2009
  5. GUIDO SCARABOTTOLO, Ermanno Cavazzoni, Guida agli animali fantastici, Guanda, 2011
  6. EMILIANO PONZI: Charles Bukowski, Scrivo poesie solo per portarmi a letto le ragazze, Feltrinelli, 2012 [Absence of the Hero]
  7. OLIMPIA ZAGNOLI: Henry Miller, Il colosso di Marussi, Feltrinelli, 2016 [The Colossus of Maroussi]

1. Opening of the exhibition 'Cover Revolution!' (l-r): Professor Daniel Carey (Director, Moore Institute); Dr Renata Sperandio (Director, Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin); Carlo Siciliano (First Secretary, Italian Embassy); Melania Gazzotti (Curator); Professor Paolo Bartoloni (Head, Italian)

2. Professor Paolo Bartoloni (Head, Italian); Professor Brian Hughes (Dean of International Affairs); Dr. Renata Sperandio (Director, Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin)

3. Des Kavanagh; Mary Kavanagh, Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Renata Sperandio, Carlo Siciliano

4. Carlo Siciliano, Melania Gazzotti, Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Professor Brian Hughes

5. Professor Paolo Bartoloni (Head, Italian)

6. Professor Daniel Carey (Director, Moore Institute)

7. Exhibition Catalogue Cover.

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