Illustrarium

 

The exhibition Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration presents 32 most outstanding illustrators of the recent decade and their works. Image of the open book is chosen. The image is interpreted and focused on aesthetic – semantic aspects: lightness, brightness, mystery and playfulness.

Functional links are not limited, homogeneous space is created. Two main zones are designed: social space and illustration space. The main subject of the space is 21 m long, 4 m height white exposition wall. Every illustration has its own niche with little doors in this wall to avoid huge amount of colourful visual information. Visitor becomes creator of the main exposition, he/she is not passive observer. There are niches in the wall for certain books for more detailed information. Visitor can explore illustrators works sitting on white plywood cubes - in social space that is created by the grid of cubes. This grid makes imaginary boundary of lithuanian exposition space.

Proportion of playfull elements, visual and textual information stimulates interest in exhibited artworks.

 

Austė Kuliešiūtė, Miglė Nainytė, Processoffice

Illustrarium from above
Illustrarium from above

Small world inside enormous scale fair building is created. The world, where very object has it’s place and purpose and where every visitor can feel significant and great - because of the ability to to feel and comprehend all the information.

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Exposition plan
Exposition plan

Considerable space (300 m2) is divided into three zones: exposition space, lounge/communicating zone and info point. By doing this, visitors of the different functional zones don’t interfere, they feel comfortable and safe.

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Exposition wall
Exposition wall

Place for every single illustration is picked carefully at the exposition wall. Works are put next to each other considering shape, technique, colour and intensity.

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Info point
Info point

Cilinder shaped bar is designed. There is a place for every single souvenir of the exposition is designed and made on the countertop oh the bar.

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Detail of the exposition wall
Detail of the exposition wall

Every door of this wall has a printed name of the author on the outer side and information about the piece on the inner . This way every illustration has it’s own nominal door.

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Process
Process

By opening and closing the door, a personal relation between the visitor and illustration is created. Exposition is interactive and dynamic - it changes with every visitors touch.

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Illustrarium
Illustrarium

Clean, cosy and silent place before the opening. Light and shadows play on the same colour but different shape surfaces. Exposition is live even when there isn’t any visitor.

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Lounge/communication zone
Lounge/communication zone

Sitting boxes are aligned to orderly grid. It looks like the exposition is resting. When visitors settle in, boxes come to life and move in different directions.

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