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The Italian artist's stories, subtly drawn with colored pencils and pastels, interweave everyday life and reality with beauty, poetry, and mystery.
The Cartoonmuseum Basel pays tribute to the internationally renowned draughtswoman and illustrator Gabriella Giandelli (1963), who lives and works in Milan, in a comprehensive retrospective of original drawings and large-format works created for the exhibition in Basel.
Giandelli's almost naïve pictorial language, charged with dreamlike, surreal and magical situations, and her extensive renunciation of words make her work unmistakable. Animals and strange mythical creatures appear in abstracted cityscapes, the beauties of nature are omnipresent. A magical, colorful parallel universe with the power to open and expand our view. Her best-known graphic novels to date, "Silent Blanket" (2000) and "Interiorae" (2015), tell of loneliness and isolation in dense and memorable images. The current publication "Australia", published in the Louis Vuitton Travel Book series, captures the intoxicating beauty and uniqueness of Australia's nature.
Gabriella Giandelli studied at the International Film Academy in Milan and became known to a wide audience through her animated film series "Milo", which was later adapted into French. She published her first comics from 1984 onwards in comic magazines such as "Alter Alter", "L'Écho des Savanes", "Dolce Vita", "Frigidaire" and "Strapazin", all magazines with a broad understanding of comics and an openness to graphic and narrative experimentation. Giandelli works regularly as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines such as "La Repubblica", "The New Yorker" and "Vanity". She has created children's books for Italian, French and Spanish publishers and designed patterns for fabrics, carpets, objects, watches and eyewear for design companies such as Alessi, Memphis, Alchimia, Swatch and Sottsass Associati.
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