Nikolaus Heidelbach

Today is the last chance to see Nikolaus Heidelbach’s exhibition: Almost Alone. Drawings for Everyone curated by Hamelin in Bologna. This exhibition was one of the highlights during the Bologna Book Fair as it is an unique opportunity to get an insight into one of Germany’s greatest contemporary illustrators.

The work of Nikolaus Heidelbach is not easily categorized. His choice of subject matters, often touching on the taboo in children’s literature, show a childhood which is neither secure nor innocent.

Among others, the exhibition features the illustrations from Was machen die Jungs? published by Beltz & Gelberg in 1999.  In this compelling book each letter of the alphabet is represented by a boy in a particular situation. Charles, for example, makes a Faustian bargain with a childlike devil in exchange of a pacifier.

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2 Responses to “Nikolaus Heidelbach”

  1. Cristiana Says:

    Thank you for signaling the Exhibit, it was indeed one of the most enriching and stimulating moments of the Fair. He is such a unique and unconventional storyteller! Also, thank you for the amazing work you do every year and for the excellence you support.

  2. fine art illustrations Says:

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