Welcome to vernissage of this year's Swedish picture book / Vitvivan och Gullsippan [Lilybell and Bluevalley] at Bildmuseet.The book's author and illustrator Pija Lindenbaum presents the book in conversation with museum curator Lisa Lundström.
Vitvivan och Gullsippan:
Some watch clouds while others carry stones. Some play and learn while some wait on others. And Schäfen has drawn a line that must not be crossed. Pija Lindenbaum’s Vitvivan och Gullsippan is a story about the big questions that every child ponders: Who gets to decide, and about what? What is fair?
The exhibition at Bildmuseet displays all of the original illustrations and several sketches for the picture book. Visitors can also hear Lindenbaum, who wrote and illustrated the book, talk about how it came about.
During the weekend, the Creative Workshop also holds a picture book theme.
Pija Lindenbaum (b. 1955) is one of Sweden’s foremost picture book authors. She receives the prestigious national picture book prize Snöbollen, which is shared at this year's Littfest, Umeå International Literature Festival.Born and raised in Sundsvall, Lindenbaum studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. She has worked as an illustrator, designer and author since the late 1970s and is behind a host of successful, award-winning picture books that have been translated into many languages.
The award for the Swedish Picture Book of the Year, the Snowball, is an initiative by the association Krumelur – Association for Young Words in the North, in cooperation with Umeå Municipality, Kulturföreningen Pilgatan, Bildmuseet and Umeå University, the Regional Library of Västerbotten, Littfest – Umeå International Literature Festival and the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers. This will be the eleventh consecutive year that the award has been made and presented in an exhibition at Bildmuseet.
© Illustration from the book / Vitvivan och Gullsippan courtesy of Pija Lindenbaum