Italo Calvino

Electa is presenting two exhibitions dedicated to Italo Calvino in Rome and Genoa

Respectively at the Scuderie del Quirinale and Palazzo Ducale, the two exhibition projects were created to celebrate the centenary of the writer’s birth

As part of the celebrations for the centenary of Italo Calvino’s birth, our publishing house Electa is presenting two exhibitions dedicated to the great writer, one in Rome and one in Genoa.

The Roman exhibition entitled “Favoloso Calvino. Il mondo come opera d’arte. Carpaccio, de Chirico, Gnoli, Melotti e gli altri” will open Oct. 13 at the Scuderie del Quirinale and will remain open to the public until Feb. 4, 2024. The exhibition, curated by Mario Barenghi in collaboration with Electa, thoroughly explores Calvino’s connection with the arts through more than 400 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings and first editions of the writer’s books. The exhibition, which began as a “visual” project, will enable not only Calvino lovers, but also new readers, to learn more about the life and literary production of one of the leading figures of twentieth-century literature.

Parallel to the exhibition in Rome, from October 15 2023, to April 7 2024, the exhibition project “Calvino cantafavole” curated by Eloisa Morra and Luca Scarlini opens at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, in the spaces of the Loggia degli Abati. The Genoese exhibition organized by Electa, in collaboration with the Scuderie del Quirinale, Teatro della Tosse and Lele Luzzati Foundation, is divided into six sections to give visitors a chance to explore Calvino’s relationship with the world of fairy tales in greater depth.

The exhibitions, part of the program for the centennial celebration of Calvin’s birth, will be accompanied by the publication of related catalogues:

In addition to the catalogues, Electa has also planned other publishing activities dedicated to Italo Calvino: a new edition of Idem by Giulio Paolini, a valuable and now unobtainable work; the volume Calvino A-Z, edited by Marco Belpoliti, for the Enciclopedie series; Il dubbio e il desiderio, a new title in the Oilà series edited by Silvia Bencivelli and dedicated to Eva Mameli Calvino, the writer’s mother.

Calvino Day: events, exhibitions and talks for the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth

This year, 15 October marks the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and the Mondadori Group wants to pay tribute to his life and literary output with a rich program of events.

New editions in bookstores

Events for this anniversary include new editions of Italo Calvino’s works. The author’s books are now available in bookstores with a new layout designed with illustrations by Jack Smyth, a young British illustrator.

Calvino Day events

On Sunday 15 October, the anniversary day, many events will be held in bookstores throughout Italy to honour the memory of Italo Calvino. The rich program, created through collaboration between the bookstores and our Mondadori publishing house, includes readings, conferences, talks with authors and many other activities designed to highlight the author’s works. Most of these events will be held at two highlights during the day: at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Here is the list of open bookstores participating in the celebrations.

In addition, in participating Mondadori Store bookstores, readers will find a special gift: starting Sunday 15 October, with two books from the Oscar Mondadori series you will receive a free exclusive tote bag dedicated to Italo Calvino featuring the centenary logo created by Leonardo Sonnoli.

Here is the list of our bookstores participating in the event.

Calvino exhibitions in Rome and Genoa

Alongside the publishing and bookstore events, two exhibitions dedicated to Italo Calvino open for Calvino Day in Rome (Friday 13 October) and Genoa (Sunday 15 October).

The exhibitions, designed and organised by Electa, are part of the official program of the writer’s centennial celebrations and are in addition to the publishing activities curated by our publishing house for the occasion.

In addition to the exhibition catalogues, Electa is bringing the following to bookstores: a new edition of Idem by Giulio Paolini, the book Calvino A-Z edited by Marco Belpoliti for the Enciclopedie series, and the new entry in the Oilà series The Doubt and the Desire (Il dubbio e il desiderio), edited by Silvia Bencivelli and dedicated to the writer’s mother, Eva Mameli Calvino.

Go here for more information.

The author’s audiobooks

Italo Calvino’s works have not only been given a new look, they have also been brought to life: the writer’s catalogue is now available in audiobook form on all digital platforms (Audible, Storytel, Kobo Plus, MLOL, BookBeat, Google, iTunes, Huawei).

The author’s stories, now classics of Italian literature, come to life through the voices of narrators. Among the titles available as audiobooks: Il visconte dimezzato, Il barone rampante, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno, Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, Fiabe italiane tutte da ridere, Fiabe di mare.

Electa announces the exhibition for the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino, held from October at the Scuderie del Quirinale

The exhibition project, curated by Electa and presented at the Turin Book Fair, aims to narrate and celebrate the work and works of the great writer

The major exhibition dedicated to Italo Calvino (Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba 1923 – Siena 1985) was presented as a preview to the press and the public at the 35th edition of the Turin International Book Fair. The exhibition will open in Rome at the Scuderie del Quirinale in October 2023. Curated by Mario Barenghi, organised by Ales S.p.A./Scuderie del Quirinale in collaboration with the Electa publishing house, it is among the main events of the official program celebrating the centenary of the writer’s birth.

It is a ‘visual’ project, covering Calvino’s character and work, which will address both his admiring public and ‘new’ readers and young people, who are only now coming to his works. Particular attention will be paid to Calvino’s relationship with the arts, which curator Mario Barenghi and Marco Belpoliti spoke of today in a discussion planned for the Fair, introduced by Rosanna Cappelli, CEO of Electa and Matteo Lafranconi, the Scuderie Director.

The exhibition will be a journey through the life, the choices, the political and civil involvement, the places and above all the literary output and the working method of the writer that will run through the history across ten sections on the two floors of the Scuderie del Quirinale.

Mostra Italo Calvino 2023

The Scuderie del Quirinale, together with Electa, are also once again collaborating with the Liguria Region, the city of Genoa and the Palazzo Ducale Foundation to celebrate Calvino’s centenary, the year that Genoa is Italy’s Book Capital. In October, the city and the Palazzo Ducale will pay tribute to Calvino, starting a site-specific project on the theme of fairy tales and the countryside, which will end in the spring of 2024 when the Roman exhibition travels to Genoa.

Electa will publish a guidebook for the exhibition designed by Studio Sonnoli and edited by Mario Barenghi, as well as a volume of the encyclopaedia series entitled Calvino A-Z, with numerous articles assigned to major specialists and the whole work curated by Marco Belpoliti, who has recently edited for Mondadori Italo Calvino. Take a look.