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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Exhibition Overview

What a Circus! The Art of Etienne Delessert

February 8 - June 5, 2011

This retrospective of Delessert surveys his distinguished career that comprises more than eighty books collectively translated into fourteen languages. From his early collaboration with Eugene Ionesco to surreal and politically-charged interpretations of Big and Bad and Humpty Dumpty, Delessert intrigues his readers, young and old, with his imaginary creatures and landscapes.

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This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. 

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.


Illustration from IONESCO CONTES 3 © 2009 by Etienne Delessert
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