The Štěpán Zavřel International Study Centre for the Culture of Childhood at Spazio Brazzà
This is a cultural association founded in 2011 at Brazzà ‘to commemorate the work of Maestro ‘Štěpan Zavřel’, the great protagonist of illustration particularly art and creativity, in its various forms, that combines with the ‘Štěpán Zavřel’ Artistic Museum at Spazio Brazzà.
The ‘Štěpan Zavřel’ International Study Centre for the Culture of Childhood alongside the eponymous Art Museum creates and promotes cultural projects at both international and local level and collaborates with various international organizations and institutions with a focus on the picture book and various art forms aimed at the child. This Study Centre in addition to doing research on the artist, promotes the Museum activities arising from field research with experts in the sector; as well as various projects to republish or newly publish in collaboration with the historic publisher Bohem Press founded by Štěpan in the Seventies. Bohem Press publishes masterpieces by Zavřel, the Bohemian illustrator, and is winner of numerous awards and is recognised for the themes and beauty of the images of their books. These special projects are aimed specifically at schools.
In the ‘Štěpán Zavřel’ editorial project, synergy is fundamental between the scientific research on the artist, the design, and proposed special projects and the cross-pollination between the different artistic genres in the books, namely art, theatre animation and music. The Study Centre and Spazio Brazzà have a shared commitment to the recovery and promotion of editorial work by Zavřel with Bohem Press Italy. Spazio Brazzà is responsible for the management and monitoring of the artist’s rights on behalf of the Zavřel family.
In the newly released editions considerable importance is attached to inserting unpublished original works by the artist from the Spazio Brazzà archive, resulting in a new edition that respects the integrity of the original work.
This careful rendition of books, through detailed study and comparison of text and image, which follows the integrity of the original editions as much as possible. Hence the re-edition of books by Štěpán Zavřel, which continue to delight audiences of old and young readers. These editions are republished or newly published.
The Board of Directors:
Cécile Cornet d’Elzius – President
Corrado Pirzio Biroli – Vice-President
Marina Tonzig – Director of the Scientific Committee
© Text by Marina Tonzig
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