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Fine art of bookplate on show in Beijing

08-06-2010 08:58 BJT

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Some of those painting kids might also be the sort that scrawl their name in red crayon on the inside flaps of their favorite books so that everyone knows who they belong to. Well, they would love a new exhibit in Beijing.

Bookplates, those little labels pasted into the front of books to indicate ownership, are celebrated in a new exhibit called "National Exlibris and Mini Prints Exhibition and World Famous Exlibris Artists Invitational Exhibition."

Unlike children's territorial squiggles, these Ex Libris, their Latin name used by many collectors, are examples of fine art and craftsmanship.

Book lovers have used these for centuries, not just to declare ownership of a book, but to enhance the beauty of their book collection.

Bookplates have existed since the first printed books appeared, in mid-15th Century Germany. Since then, people of many generations have been drawn to this unusual art form.

The art of bookplates will be on show at the World Art Museum in Beijing for just three days until Saturday.
The art of bookplates will be on show at the World Art Museum in Beijing for just
three days until Saturday.

Bookplate designer said, "I love this art because it's so small and delicate. They've greatly enhanced the beauty of a book. It made me to see my book as very special and personal."

At present, exlibris is also transported all over the world in collectors portfolios as objects for exchange and purchase.

Bookplate designer said, "Bookplate artists and collectors are a special community in China. We meet regularly to exchange our design ideas. The collectors exchange items to diversify their collection."

The 20th Century brought emancipation. Exlibris was separated from the book, taking its own place as an object for collectors and exhibitors.

The majority of bookplates found today are mass produced, and most of those on sale are found in bookstores. But on show here are highly personalized examples created by graphic artists worldwide.

The art of bookplates will be on show at the World Art Museum in Beijing for just three days until Saturday.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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