2015年01月11日

Books without words

The first exhibition I saw this year was「イエラ・マリ展‐字のない絵本の世界」at Itabashi Art Museum. It was a wonderful exhibition, so I think it will be a good year for me.
In the exhibition, I enjoyed the Iela Mari's elaborate drawing skill from the original illustrations of her picture books. Nowadays, we tend to use computer graphic softwares to draw such kind of illustration. After all, some of them are simple colored circles. They look as exact as a circle that is drawn by computer, but they are never the same as the one. Unlike a circle drawn by computer, the Mari's hand drawn circles include vast information. We can sense it even from the printed books. I think picture book without words is the best media for recognizing the kind of excellence of her illustrations.

In the exhibition, I could see not only Mari's picture books but also many others' picture books without words in the world: from the classics, for example Bruno Murari, Anno Mitsumasa, Dick Bruna, Edward Gorey, Lynd Ward and so on, to many fantastic picture books that I had never seen. I wanted to bring all the books back to my home. It was like a treasure land.
Books without words are the special things for me. When I was a kid, from 12 to 15 years old, I lived in Milan because of my father's business. Owing to lack of language skill, I could not read any Italian books in spite of the fact that I was very fond of books. (Language ability have always been the weak point in my life.) However, one day I found a picture book that had no words. There were quite a few cartoons and picture books without words in bookstores in Milan. Although I didn't read the Iela Mari's picture books, I was really into the world of the wordless books. My most favorite artist in those days was Guillermo Mordillo. His book was also featured in this exhibition.

I can't imagine any other media that is able to include such vast world like the books without words. It is as limitless as the universe. I consider it comes from the feature of book. Neither silent films nor a piece of picture is comparable to it. Only the books without words can hold such a limitless possibility. They look like the existence that transcends the laws of this world.
Today, we are living in the complicated world. In our time, I consider it is very important to avoid becoming a fundamentalist, because there are so many persons who believe different kind of creed. One firmly believes that freedom of expression should be respected above all else, but the other believes the religious faith overwhelms it. It is difficult to find a settlement when different creeds conflict. It goes without saying that violence is the worst solution. On the other hand, insisting on own creed will not reach any solution. It is very difficult to keep own faith with respecting others' faith. Therefore our world is filled with the huge amount of meaningless violence and hates.
In such a situation, I think only the things like the books without words might be able to solve the conflicts. This idea has no foundation, but I sensed it when I saw the Iela Mari's and others' picture books without words.



「イエラ・マリ展 ‐ 字のない絵本の世界」
板橋区立美術館(2014年11月22日〜2015年1月12日)
http://www.itabashiartmuseum.jp/exhibition/ex141122.html

posted by 3 at 19:08| Diary