“The artist’s book is a secret treasure chest... open it and you can play with the words, signs and colors of the world.” It was born twenty years ago at the Merano Civic Library, OPLA (Oasis For Artistic Books): an archive designed to preserve, catalog and make available artist’s books for scholars, lovers or just curious. After Children’s corner, OPLA 20 years of children’s art books, a review of children’s books created by artists like Gilberti, Gill, Mirò, Boetti and many others; all these selected editions can be found at the OPLA archive, the most nowaday complete italian collection on this subject.
To enrich the volume, texts by Alberto Munari, Steven Guarnaccia and Fabiola Naldi and Claudio Musso explain their ideas of what artist’s book for children is. Abstracts by Enrica Brughi, Paul Cox, Sophie Curtil, Milos Cvach and Katsumi Komagata will give some extra contents about the issue. The catalog accompanies the homonym exhibition, hosted at Palais Mamming. Here, the selected artist’s books dialogue together with the works exhibited at the Merano City Museum, in a play of references and connections.