Ilustrarte | Pedro Cabrito + Isabel Diniz Architects

Biennial international exhibition of children’s book illustration Castelo Branco / Portugal / 2022

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Once again, the Ilustrarte exhibition offers an excellent overview of the current state of international contemporary illustration. A very eclectic mixture of styles, techniques and themes, reflecting a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, well established names alongside with emerging young illustrators.


Simple and banal, with standard dimensions, efficient and versatile in their origami folds, cardboard boxes transport us in this edition of Ilustrarte.


Temporarily installed in the museum's white rooms, their stacking transforms the exhibition space into a warehouse of stories, storing mysteries in closed boxes and revealing illustrations in open boxes.


The cardboard box is, therefore, the base unit that multiplies and fills the entire exhibition, covering floors and walls in an ephemeral game of infinite possibilities.


Its utilitarian neutrality reinforces the leading role of the artwork, organizing the authors and their books in continuous repetition and discovery throughout the rooms.


The new cardboard walls rise like an unfinished design, as tidy as it is disorganized, where it's easy to add or subtract boxes, finish a story and start a new one.

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    Once again, the Ilustrarte exhibition offers an excellent overview of the current state of international contemporary illustration. A very eclectic mixture of styles, techniques and themes, reflecting a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, well established names alongside with emerging young illustrators. Simple and banal, with standard dimensions, efficient and versatile in their origami folds, cardboard boxes transport us in this edition of Ilustrarte. Temporarily installed in the museum's...

    Project details
    • Year 2022
    • Client Centre for Contemporary Culture of Castelo Branco, Portugal
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Exhibition Design / Interior Design / Exhibitions /Installations
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