The city center as a widespread library. That’s probably the most suitable metaphor to describe Artelibro, the Art Book Festival that will be held in Bologna from the 24 till the 26th of September. The program of the gathering is very rich, encompassing ectures, exhibitions, guided tours and more. And all sorts of institutions and venues in town will be involved : there will be museums- the MAMBo, the Medieval Civic Museum and the Music Museum to name but a few of them- university libraries, art galleries, shops.
Started in 2004, Artelibro has progressively gained greater and greater attention from collectionists, librarians and amateurs from all over Europe. And the 2010 Edition comes with exciting news for all book lovers, since this year the Festival will also host the Annual Meeting of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).
“Despite the unfortunate economic conjuncture, we’ve received a large number of requests” says Umberto Pregliasco, president of the Italian Chapter of the ILAB “with some 120 exhibitors plus more than one hundred delegates coming from all over the world”.
Among the many events taking place during the three days of Festival we’d like to signal the opening lectio magistralis by Umberto Eco, the large open-air bookshop to be held in Piazza del Nettuno and the “Infinite Library” installation.
Raccontare in poche righe tutta la ricchezza della rassegna è pressoché impossibile. Ci limitiamo allora a segnalare la lectio magistralis di apertura, affidata alla parola di Umberto Eco, l’imponente libreria d’arte all’aperto allestita in Piazza del Nettuno e il ricco programma di convegni, tra i quali spiccano gli appuntamenti dedicati al futuro dell’editoria e quelli incentrati sulle librerie storiche.