The Illustrissimo exhibition presents over 200 works by German illustrator, artist and animator Christoph Niemann, comprising the majority of his portfolio. His work appears regularly on the covers of The New Yorker - for which he also created the first augmented reality cover - National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Art Directors Club. Following the success of his exhibitions and retrospectives in museums all over the world, with an episode of the series Abstract dedicated to him on Netflix, Niemann’s works come to Vicenza for the artist’s first anthology exhibition in Italy, on the occasion of the 2022 Illustri Festival, with a monographic exhibition at Gallerie d’Italia which follows in the footsteps of previous “Illustrissimi”, such as famous illustrators Pablo Lobato, Noma Bar and Malika Favre.
The exhibition looks at the dearest topics to the artist: from the birth of ideas, with Niemann’s incredible capacity to transform everyday objects into something different creating new stories every time, to his limitless editorial output; from strictly topical issues, like fake news and the risk it poses to journalism, to the artist’s first love, paper, and through to the readers, without whom there would be no books or newspapers. Then there is the fascinating theme of travel - filtered through the multiple different styles of the Berlin artist who leads visitors on a trip around the world, searching for what Niemann himself describes as a unique and personal point of view - and to finish an immersive experience, thanks to his virtual reality experiments, which literally take visitors inside his fantastical world.
Until 28 August, you will have an unmissable opportunity to get familiar with the works and the infinite languages of one of the world’s most influential contemporary illustrators, as well as a series of associated initiatives: Illustri kids, to introduce children to the world of illustration, Illustri guided tour, a visual tour to discover the creations of the artist, Illustri talk, a series of meetings to examine the themes of creativity, and Nuovo Cinema Illustri, with meetings and screenings dedicated to motion graphics and augmented reality.