La Favola dell'Arte
  • IVANA MULATERO
    PETRA PROBST

    Farinello a Palazzo Madama

    pages: 16
    format: 17 x 23,5 cm
    date of publication: 2001
    images: 16
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877571434



    €5,16

    A lively guide to the history and decorations of Turin’s historic Palazzo Madama, the booklet is designed for younger readers and visitors. It follows a historical path illustrating the complex story of the building, from its Roman foundations to its medieval extensions, and from the stately Baroque palace to D’Andrade's interventions, and on to the Subalpine Parliament and the site of the Risorgimento to the more recent restoration work that has given the city a place that is a symbol of Turin and its history. The texts by Ivana Mulatero are accompanied by a character called Farinello, illustrated by Petra Probst.
  • PANAMARENKO
    NICO ORENGO

    Il giocattolaio di Anversa

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: autumn 2001
    images: 34 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 887757139X



    €10,33

    The Belgian artist Panamarenko is described by Nico Orengo as the toy maker from Antwerp because of the ludic and experimenthal peculiarity of a great many of his works.
The character of the children rhyme is Panamarenko/Pepto Bismo, a sculpture of the artist and a flying little man who, after leaving his studio in Antwerp, allows himself a journey by flight and by sea. Then he is fished out for beeing exhibited at the Biennale of Venice. But Pepto Bismo has a free mood-attitude and, on board white improbable airship, will run away and he will come back the stillness of the countryside, after visiting Giotto at the Cappella degli Scrovegni, where he will test new “Unidentified Flying Objects”. Nico Orengo competes with La favola dell’arte with lightness and sagacity, speaking to the youngest among our readers. A poetic and imaginative children rhyme, a really original way to tell an artist to children.  

    Nico Orengo was born in 1944 in Turin, where he lives and works as the person in charge of the “TTL” cultural insert of La Stampa newspaper. “Enraptured” by Pepto Bismo, which he saw at the Biennale in Venice in 1997, and thanks to Mario Cristani and to friends at the Galleria Arte Continua in San Giminiano, Tuscany, he travelled to Belgium in company of painter Ugo Giletta to meet Panamarenko, at his house in Antwerp. He has also written many books for children and nursery rhymes such as A-ulì-ulè. Filastrocche, conte, ninnenanne, (Einaudi, Torino, 1972) and Spiaggia, sdraio e ombrellone (Einaudi, Torino, 1999). He has written, among many, stories as Dogana d’amore, (Rizzoli, Milano, 1987), poems like Cartoline di mare (Einaudi, Torino, 1984). Recently he has published a book of memories and photography called Terre blu (Melangolo, 2000), a touching and philosophical fairy tale for adults with the title L’allodola e il cinghiale (Einaudi, Torino, 2001), illustrated by Luigi Mainolfi, and the muchpraised novel La curva del latte (Einaudi, Torino, 2002) about the political and cultural changes of the late 1950s.

     

    Panamarenko was born in Antwerp in 1940, where he lives and works. Once he gradueted from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his home town, he became a self-taught enyhusiast of science and physics. Between ‘62 and ‘64 he experiments, together with Hugo Heyrman, with new materials, chiefly polyesters, which enabled the most varied of objects to be made. Prolific, visionary, experimental, Panamarenko has created an incredible set of objects with which “to play”, in which Utopya plays an important role. His first, real “machines” such as Prova-Car, a white metal model of a futuristic racing car, or the human-propulsion Airship (also called Six-bladed Helicopter) as well as the flying machines he was to build later, are the superbe result of an alchemy made of sofisticated calculations and archaic construction which evoke the poetic, epic dimension of human flight, lost since Leonardo da Vinci, and restore the nostalgic image of the pioneer, of adventure and exploration. At the beginning of the 1970s, Panamarenko embarked on a series of studies aiming the mechanical imitation of the flight of insects.

  • CHEN ZHEN
    MIGUEL ANGEL MENDO

    That I might be born

    La favola dell'arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 h cm
    date of publication: april 2001
    images: 28 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: English
    isbn 8877571314

     

     



    €15,00

    The Dignitaries of Destiny get together to decide a birth: a new life will be soon assigned to a woman who wish to be a mother. But the decision is taking too much time, and the person who's going to be born decides to ask whether to choose his destiny. So they bring him to that special place called the Yellow Room, where silence can let him be carried by his thoughts, and where a town, a house, a room and a cradle suddenly appear... Here begins the exciting adventure of his birth, full of hopes and expectations, but also of unexpected events that run the risk to prejudice the Call to Life. But finally the miracle is made and what he has just imagined becomes true... From the synergy between Miguel Angel Mendo's words and Chen Zhen's images, a tender and fun fable telling children the mistery of birth through a simple and poetic language, that goes with the colours and shapes of Art.

     

    Chen Zhen (Shangai, 1955 - Paris, 2000). His artistic style had as its basis the encounter between Western and Chinese culture. The artist drew from Taoism, as well as Buddhist religion and philosophy, re-elaborating their meanings, and using them to represent an alternative to the negative influence exercised by the consumer society. The artistic value of his sculptures and installations lies in his constant striving for harmony between body and spirit, which leads to the enriching of one’s inner life.

     

    Miguel Angel Mendo was born in Madrid in 1949. A graduate in psychology, he began working as a psychotherapist in close contact with the world of children and alternative pedagogy. He has written books for children, but also for the theatre, and in the past has been a teacher of cinema, a contributor to various periodicals and an editor for television and radio programmes. The following have been translated into Italian by Edizioni Piemme Junior: Per un maledetto spot which won the Lazarillo Award in 1989, one of Spain's most prestigious prizes for books for the young, and also Un museo sinistro e Che i morti stiano zitti!

  • CHEN ZHEN
    MIGUEL ANGEL MENDO

    Perché io nascessi

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: October 2000
    images: 28 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877571136



    €10,33

    The Dignitaries of Destiny get together to decide a birth: a new life will be soon assigned to a woman who wish to be a mother. But the decision is taking too much time, and the person who's going to be born decides to ask whether to choose his destiny. So they bring him to that special place called the Yellow Room, where silence can let him be carried by his thoughts, and where a town, a house, a room and a cradle suddenly appear... Here begins the exciting adventure of his birth, full of hopes and expectations, but also of unexpected events that run the risk to prejudice the Call to Life. But finally the miracle is made and what he has just imagined becomes true... From the synergy between Miguel Angel Mendo's words and Chen Zhen's images, a tender and fun fable telling children the mistery of birth through a simple and poetic language, that goes with the colours and shapes of Art.

     

    Chen Zhen (Shangai, 1955 - Paris, 2000). His artistic style had as its basis the encounter between Western and Chinese culture. The artist drew from Taoism, as well as Buddhist religion and philosophy, re-elaborating their meanings, and using them to represent an alternative to the negative influence exercised by the consumer society. The artistic value of his sculptures and installations lies in his constant striving for harmony between body and spirit, which leads to the enriching of one’s inner life.

     

    Miguel Angel Mendo was born in Madrid in 1949. A graduate in psychology, he began working as a psychotherapist in close contact with the world of children and alternative pedagogy. He has written books for children, but also for the theatre, and in the past has been a teacher of cinema, a contributor to various periodicals and an editor for television and radio programmes. The following have been translated into Italian by Edizioni Piemme Junior: Per un maledetto spot which won the Lazarillo Award in 1989, one of Spain's most prestigious prizes for books for the young, and also Un museo sinistro e Che i morti stiano zitti!

  • FABRIZIO MONETTI
    GUIDO QUARZO

    Il costruttore di torri

    La favola dell'arte

    pages: 64
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: March 2000
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877570946



    €10,33

    A tower builder undertakes a long journey in the hope of finding new ideas and building the most beautiful tower for the King’s son. The journey becomes a metaphor for an arduous artistic search and the town of Trees, the Bar of Stones and a rocky road travelled together with a car salesman are the places in which new shapes, colours and scents are found. Time passes inexorably and the tower builder’s search does not seem to bear fruit; neither the places he visits nor the people he meets along the way suggest a brilliant idea. Only the peace of a moonlit night will give him the right inspiration and save his life. Fabrizio Monetti’s images and the words of Guido Quarzo’s story offer the stimulus that brings children closer to the world of primary sensations.

     

    Guido Quarzo was born in Turin in 1948. He graduated in pedagogy from the University of Turin and taught in primary schools for many years. Considered one of the most interesting children’s writers, in 1995 he was awarded the Andersen Baia delle Favole prize for best author. For hopefulmonster he has published Luì e l’arte di andare nel bosco and Storie di pietra e d’altro.

     

    Fabrizio Monetti has performed in several theatre companies and has also worked as an actor in films such as Portami via and Benvenuti a San Salvario, as well as in radio and RAI television series. As a painter he exhibited in several personal and collective exhibitions until 1994. He has Il costruttore di torri as the basis to stage a production for a single actor, which has been performed in schools, libraries and theatres.

     
  • PIERO GILARDI
    SEBASTIANO RUIZ MIGNONE

    La classe dei mostriciattoli

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: January 1998
    images: 53
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877570776



    €10,33