Melbourne Art Book Fair is back at NGV International for the second year after a very successful event in 2015 when 16,000 people attended.
Melbourne Art Book Fair is a free event featuring book launches, talks and performances. The Great Hall has been transformed with a stunning large scale installation by Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong. Durian is an architecturally-designed awning made from over one kilometre of paper, over 1,200 pairs of bamboo chopsticks and 3D printed clips. It stretches over fifty metres long!
Just for this weekend Wit has also created an interactive artwork especially where children are invited to add folded paper sheets to create a colourful communal canopy.
Underneath the canopy are 60 stalls filled with limited art editions, artists’ books, independent publications, merchandise and collectables.
You’ll find rare art books requiring white glove handling to zines to children’s books.
There’s even a stall making books on demand thanks to artist Adam Cruikshank!
My purchases included a little zine called Tokyo Diary by Japanese publishers Commune and then I went crazy at the stand by Italian publishing house and art gallery Corraini Edizioni with their range of whimsical and beautifully illustrated children’s books (they are also offering 10% off all titles at the fair).
Other event highlights include a book signing with Bill Henson, a keynote address by Berlin’s Sternberg Press and a lesson about apostrophes with The Good Copy. Plus after your book browsing you can enjoy food by Tivoli Road Bakery, Biggie Smalls and a drink from the pop-up Asahi bar.
If you love books, design and art then the Melbourne Art Book Fair is the place to be this weekend. Happy shopping!