For someone it represents the origin of all things, for others it is only the state in which they find their own desk; for someone it is a mathematical and physical theory that can understand only those who have an incredibly high IQ, for others it represents the emblem of the society in which we live. We are talking about the CAOS, or CHAOS if you prefer. But we are also talking about the theme of the 14th edition of the Tapirulan illustrator contest.
If at this moment your mind appears totally empty and you have any idea of what you could draw to participate in the competition, well … don’t worry, this is Chaos too, in a certain sense: that is a primordial state of emptiness, a (creative) darkness that precedes the realization of a magnificent illustration. The important thing, however, is that the darkness vanishes within October 20, 2018, that is the deadline of the competition. Given the theme we could also leave maximum freedom of delivery, but in the organization of Tapirulan perhaps it is better that the chaos still does not reign… So even in this edition it is necessary to draw up a regulation, that you can find it here.
The jury – presided this year by Guillermo Mordillo – will decree the winner of the first prize of € 2,500. And always the jury will choose the 48 authors to exhibit in Cremona and Genoa, starting from 8 December 2018. Now we can only rely on your strong sense of disorder, and as Karl Kraus said: “Wellcome to chaos, for order didn’t work”.
Dear friends, this time we are writing you to communicate a sad news. Antonio Lupatelli, known to all as Tony Wolf, passed away on Friday 18 May. We are really sorry because besides being a great illustrator he was a special person. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet during the exhibition CIAO and know how humble and reserved, and how much each of his gestures was of an immense sweetness. Our association owes a lot to Tony Wolf because he is the first to believe in our project more than ten years ago. We would like to remind him with the delicate smile of this photograph, we remember him as a good and affable man who looks with satisfaction at the work of a whole life spent with a pencil in his hand. And we hope that his person has entered your hearts as strongly as he has entered into ours.
Tony Wolf in CIAO exposition (ph: Michele Prosperi)
Christmas is approaching and with it the flourishing of aperitifs, business dinners, greetings among colleagues, exchanges of gifts among friends, etc. etc. … Yes, but a Christmas aperitif in the middle of 250 illustrations is not so frequent. Saturday, December 23 in Santa Maria della Pietà (Cremona) we will toast together in the exhibition “Ciao”. At 5 pm there will be a guided tour with an exceptional guest – Tony Wolf – at the end of which we will face the first Christmas calories provided by panettone, pandoro and wine.And those who run out of ideas for gifts can also take advantage of the well-stocked exhibition bookshop!
Saturday, December 2, you really came in many. Thank you! It was a wonderful party in honor of the selected authors and a tribute of affection for Antonio Lupatelli, aka Tony Wolf, who presided over the jury and is the protagonist of his first solo exhibition. The day began at 4 pm when Guido Scarabottolo presented the exhibition “Disorder” by Giulia Pastorino at Spazio Tapirulan. Then the long-awaited moment of the award ceremony arrived. The Critics Prize of the 13th edition of the Tapirulan competition was awarded to the Russian illustrator Victoria Semykina. The Popular Prize was awarded to Davide Bonazzi, who became the first author to win both prizes in the competition, having already won the Critics’ Prize in 2013. On the 2018 calendar will appear illustrations of: Davide Bonazzi, Andrea De Luca, Marco De Masi, Laurent Ferrante, Francesco Guarnaccia, Alice Piaggio, Natascha Rosenberg, Giovanni Scarduelli, Jacopo Schiavo, Victoria Semykina, Marco Spadari, João Vaz de Carvalho. The day after we still had the pleasure of meeting Tony Wolf who told us about his career. The day ended with the presentation of the “Manuale dell’illustratore” by Anna Castagnoli. The exhibition will remain open until January 28, 2018 in Cremona, then will move to Genova Nervi from March to June 2018. We thank again all the many participants, both in the competition and at the inauguration, and all the partners who supported the initiative. Hello, next year!
The first photos of the inauguration
(foto di Gianpaolo Guarneri)
On December 2, the 4 publications related to the competition were published: the 2018 calendar, the Ciao catalog, the Tony Wolf catalog and the Giulia Pastorino catalog. They are all available in our online shop.
Here is the first suffered verdicts of the jury. Out of over 850 participants only 48 will be shown an the exhibition in Cremona between December 2 20167 and Genuary 28 2018. These 48 authors are still in the race for the popular prize of 500 €. Online voting will begin Monday, November 27 2017 and will close on Wednesday, November 30 2017. The 12 of the calendar are still missing, we know, as well as the winner of the prize of the jury. Those will be nominated during the inauguration. We thank once again all participants and we invite you to the inauguration of the exhibition on December 2 at 17 o’ clock in Santa Maria della Pietà located in Cremona. Before the opening of CIAO in Spazio Tapirulan will be opened the exhibition of Giulia Pastorino (the winner of the 2016 competition). On December 3 at 11 am there will be a meeting with Tony Wolf and with all illustrators who want to participate; at 3 pm in Spazio Tapirulan the presentation of Anna Castagnoli’s “Manuale dell’illustratore“.
Andrea Dalla Barba
Andy Robert Davies
Andrea De Luca
Marco De Masi
Angel De Pedro
João Vaz de Carvalho
The gestation of the 13th edition of Tapirulan’s illustration contest has been long, but finally we’re ready. We have a brand new website which we hope is clearer and will provide all the informations you need. We also have a brand new jury headed by someone we are particularly attached to because he has been around since Tapirulan’s birth. We’re talking about Tony Wolf and we are proud and honoured to organize the exhibition of his works which will be shown alongside that of the competition. So: Ciao! We’re saying hello and telling you the theme of the competition at the same time! Ciao is a friendly and informal greeting, used mostly in it’s native Italy, but also very common almost all over the world, mainly thanks to the many Italian emigrants who’ve taken it with them. You meet with a ciao, you introduce yourself with a ciao, you say goodbye with a ciao… How? Where? Who with? Why? We’ll leave the answers to all these questions to the fervid imaginations of our illustrators. Entries will be accepted up until 25 October 2017. Send us your greeting in a square format, either paper or pixel: here you can find details of the rules. When the competion closes the jury will choose 12 illustrators for the annual Tapirulan calendar, the winner of the 2.000 euro prize and the 48 illustrators whose work will be shown in the international contemporary illustration exhibition (from December to January in Cremona and from March to June in Genova-Nervi). Ciao!
The special guest of this thirteenth edition of the competition will be Tony Wolf, one of the most loved children’s authors all over the world. His books are in the libraries of almost all families, but few know that behind that name is hiding a peaceful and reserved Italian illustrator … The true name of Tony Wolf is Antonio Lupatelli. Born in 1930, he began his career working with Pagotto brothers (Pagot Film), later with the British publisher Fleetway. When he come back in Italy, he started collaborating with the Corriere dei Piccoli, then with Fratelli Fabbri Editore and finally with Dami Editore. Lupatelli also had a long collaboration with the publisher The Scarabeo of Turin: he has realized many tarot including “The targots of the gnomes”, famous for being the smallest tarot deck ever published.