Friday, May 18, 2007

Bologna Ragazzi Award Exhibition

When I was at the Bologna Childrens' Book Fair recently, I took the opportunity to visit the Bologna Ragazzi Award Exhibition.

40 years of the history of international children’s publishing were on display at the exhibition. It gathered the 150 prize-winning books and more than 500 titles that received special mentions by the Bologna’s Children’s Book Fair from 1966 till 2007. At the end of the exhibition, the books would be made available at Sala Borsa Ragazzi Library.

The exhibition was held at the Archiginnasio Piazza Galvani. The building was built in 1563 and was the University of Bologna until 1803. Today it is an important town library where invaluable manuscripts, antique drawings, prints and photographs are preserved. Here also housed the historical 17th century Teatro Anatomico (Anatomy Theatre) where famous ancient doctors such as Galen and Hippocrates studied the body, learnt about dissection and performed operations.

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