Miffy exhibition comes to Edinburgh

Happy Birthday Miffy! A celebration of the art of Dick Bruna.

National Library of Scotland, 30 March to 3 June 2007. Free admission.

She's sold 85 million books worldwide in over 40 languages, received nearly 40,000 birthday cards, turns over a staggering $300 million per year and has been called upon by the Red Cross, Amnesty International, UNICEF and World Aids Day — and now she's coming to Edinburgh. It's not JK Rowling, Madonna or Angelina Jolie, but Miffy the picture-book bunny.

'Happy Birthday Miffy!', a free exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the hugely popular children's character, opens on March 30 at the National Library of Scotland.

Designed to appeal to adults as well as children, the exhibition leads visitors on a colourful journey through the world of this classic storybook character. Along the way, children can meet Miffy's friends in the library, in the post office and in the garden, before joining Miffy at her birthday party. Adults can also learn about Miffy's creator, Dick Bruna, and his life as a graphic artist and early artistic influences.

Included in the exhibition are over 100 artworks from Dick Bruna's archive. Exhibits include original pencil sketches plus limited edition prints, personal letters, photos and other memorabilia. The artworks provide a total retrospective of Bruna's work. Also on display will be material from the National Library's own collections, including some of the first ever Miffy books to be published in the UK.

Hands-on activities are an important part of the exhibition and are carefully themed according to the surrounding pictures, allowing young children to learn and explore through the work of this accomplished author and illustrator. Playing with puppets, dressing up, listening to stories and writing postcards to Miffy are just some of the fun things to do throughout this exhibition. In addition, the National Library of Scotland will be hosting special events to coincide with the exhibition, including workshops for children where they can create their own Miffy drawing, make Miffy puppets and even meet Miffy herself.

It was during a rainy seaside holiday in North Holland in June 1955 that Dick Bruna first drew a picture of a little white bunny and made up stories about it to entertain his one-year-old son. That little bunny became Miffy, the star of 28 subsequent stories published by Bruna. Aged 79, Dick Bruna still works every day in his studio in Utrecht, Holland. This year he published his 114th storybook.

Dick Bruna said: 'I like exhibitions of my work to be accessible to children, and I am delighted this one is just that!'

Jackie Cromarty, Education and Interpretative Services Manager at NLS said: 'We're absolutely thrilled that Miffy is coming to the National Library of Scotland and we really hope that children of all ages from across Scotland will come along and say hello.'

Read more about the Miffy exhibition.

16 March 2007

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