The Tilt exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday 15 April. But let’s go in order, because so many things have happened.
At 4 pm the meeting was set in our gallery for the inauguration of the Simone Rea exhibition, winner of the past edition of the illustration competition. Over 50 original works hung on the white walls of Tapirulan and a very large group of admirers welcomed Simone Rea, nailing him to the desk for drawings and dedications to his many books and to his exhibition catalogue.
At 5.00 pm the whole caravan moved towards Santa Maria della Pietà for the award ceremony of the eighteenth edition of the Tapirulan Illustrators Contest and for the inauguration of the exhibitions. With great pleasure we were able to welcome the guest of honor of this edition, Guy Billout, protagonist with his first personal exhibition in Italy, over 200 works to retrace his career, from France to the United States. Guido Scarabottolo was also a very welcome guest, who told how important the influence of Billout’s work has been for generations of illustrators, starting with his own.
But let’s go on, times were tight, then we’ll understand why. We immediately moved on to the awarding of the winner of the Jury Prize. After summoning the 12 illustrators of Tapirulan’s 2023 calendar, very sophisticated robots were called, who chose, based on parameters that were too complicated to tell, who was to receive the 2500 euro prize. Unfortunately, however, the Robots, patiently designed and built by the engineer Maria Attianese, went haywire and we will never know if they made the right choice.
In any case, they made a choice and after buzzing like mosquitoes around the illustrators, they took the first prize winner by the hand: Ane Arzelus. Arrived directly from Spain the same day, due to imperative work reasons, she had to get back on the plane shortly thereafter, then the reason for so much frenzy in the first phase of the award ceremony was revealed… We really thank Ane for coming and for having faced such a demanding journey to stay in Cremona for just over two hours.
After this excited phase, the pace has returned to being calmer. All the selected illustrators were presented and the Popular Prize was awarded, won by Samantha Bisogno, unfortunately absent, but worthily replaced, also in this case, by a robot…
The day was drawing to a close, but not before having also presented the fourth exhibition of the review, i.e. “Illustrators of pinball machines”, propitiated by the collaboration with the Tilt Association of Bologna.