Outdoor 2018

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They've become symbols of the Biennale: the monumental cardboard sculptures, introduced in the first edition, have always represented the potential of paper and the talent of the artists that create them during their month long artistic residency. From the beginning of August, the sculptures will be installed and inaugurated in the squares of the city.

  • James Lake


    James Lake


    Paperman - Piazza S. Frediano


    James Lake is a British artist. He was forced to interrupt his studies as he was diagnosed with cancer and was subsequently forced to receive a leg amputation. He managed to obtain his degree once he had recovered, but to overcome the difficult convalescence, he taught himself sculpture with cardboard, then teaching his technique in various schools. James thinks art should be an instrument that unites society, and cardboard can knock down barriers that have been present up till now. Cardboard is also the material that elevates the artist the most, in fact he is presenting his self portrait at the Biennal, representing himself at work. The message imparted is that art can flower in a moment of chaos, such as a moment of illness, and can be exhibited in chaotic places like societies, but in the moment of work the artist finds himself alone in a room by himself, and finds inner peace.




  • Kubo Novak


    Kubo Novàk


    Life Space - Piazza S. Francesco


    Jakub Novák is a Slovakian artist born in 1986. After obtaining a degree in architecture, he began working as a lecturer, but left this to dedicate himself entirely to his artworks. His work Life Space is a demonstration of how life can be compared to a closed space that each one of us fills with things that we consider special. These things, which aren’t definitive, may change with time because of events that change our point of view. They become our refuge, where we retreat to meditate, to find interior peace and recharge before diving back into the chaos of everyday life. Our life space is a geometric composition. What seems expressive and surprising when examined up close becomes a palpable modular system, whilst when seen from far away it gains a new shape, making us examine ourselves and isolate ourselves from chance.


    life space


  • Wu Wai Chung


    Wu Wai Chung


    No More Message - Palazzo Ducale


    Wu Wai Chung studied architecture in Hong Kong and then London. She’s passionate about interacting with her audience through her innovative architectural pieces. “No more message” consists in a tunnel like structure, with the internal walls covered in pyramids to reduce the sound waves to a minimum. Visitors can try and communicate from one end to the other, but the sound will not travel clearly. The piece aims to make us contemplate how sometimes we would like to communicate something, but because of certain filters we cannot and we can’t be understood, in this way the silence we take refuge in generates chaos.


    no more message


  • Eu Tazé


    Eu Tazé


    Silent Shell, Chaotic Shell - Palazzo Pretorio

    Eugénie Tazé-Bernard was born in 1989, she is a French-Peruvian sculptor and set designer. In her pieces, she combines human anatomy with that of animals (the human body is used so that the visitor relates to the art piece whilst the animal anatomy is a symbol of the individual’s internal emotions). With her “Turtle Woman”, the artist presents a vision of a chaotic world overcome by modern life, inviting the spectator to contemplate what could happen to the future of humankind. It sparks the idea of human bodies adapting to new shapes that could cover them and become a protection, a way to escape, to stay in silence and connect with oneself. A sort of shield that shows the inevitable adaptation of mankind to this modern era.


    Silent shell, chaotic shell


  • Dosshaus




    Path of Paradox - Piazza Cittadella


    Dosshaus is the creative collaboration of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly, artists whose work blends painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, video and performance. From the outset, the pair has been interested in the intersection of high and low culture. For Biennale they have created the piece “Path of Paradox”: a grand piano bisected by a coin that appears to have fallen from the sky. The edge of the coin serves as a guillotine, effectively silencing the musical instrument. The message that comes from the artwork has been taken by William Blake’s famous admonition “Where any view of money exists art cannot be carried on, but war only.”  When money is wielded as a weapon against art, the resulting chaos leaves only silence in its wake.


    path of paradox


  • Ankon Mitra


    Ankon Mitra


    The sights and sounds of the cosmos - Mercato del Carmine


    Ankon Mitra is an Indian designer and architect born in 1982. He obtained a degree in design at The Bartlett, University College London. He is passionate about the technique of origami, and tries to integrate it with interior design, writing a book about it called “Questioning Architecture” in which he demonstrates how the Universe itself is a shape that folds and unfolds. Ankon Mitra is taking part in the Biennale with an artwork that recreates the dynamicity of the Universe. It makes the visitor contemplate the spectacular events that occur in the universe, how comets falling, black holes colliding and galaxies merging create a magnificent chaos that transforms our cosmos into a galactic dance, but to our eyes it appears silent. We can enjoy images of color and shapes that come from the universe, but we cannot listen to two stars collide. For us this chaos is silent.


    sights and sounds of the cosmos


  • Manuela Granziol


    Manuela Granziol


    Liminal Space - Piazza Guidiccioni


    Manuela Granziol is a Swiss artist and economist, after moving to London with her family she followed herpassion for art. The art piece presented at the Biennale explores the unknown relationship between language and non-language, between communication of any kind and silence. A teenage girl sits on the ground with her head between her legs. Being a teenager represents a moment in which society, media, parents and peers exert pressure on the young girl. Creating this piece using small packages, she wants to represent the complexity of human existence. The various experiences and events that every human lives are fragments (memories, images, texts, people they have met) which make them part of something else, creating a chaotic subjectiveness


    liminal stage








Network Days

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Network Days


For its ninth edition, Lucca Biennale organized the Network Days: 2 days of events, conferences, performances, screenings and refreshments dedicated to the world of Paper Art.

The Network Days were held on the 3rd and 4th August in the centre of Lucca, and welcomed artists, designers, architects, gallery owners, curators and other professionists of the sector. The perfect occasion for those looking to meet and engage with other art professionals, to acquire new knowledge and enrich their personal experiences.

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The Network days took place starting from Friday 3rd August at 5:00 p.m. at the Museo della via Francigena, and Saturday 4th August at Palazzo Ducale.

Among the guests there were the artists exhibited at the Biennale, representatives of Sofia Paper Art Fest, IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists), China Design Centre e dell'Asian Pacific Design Federation.

The first day of Network Days talked about "Paper Art: boundaries and possibilities", with the participation of the Indoor artists of the Biennale (Paola Margherita, Gianfranco Gentile, Gianluca Traina, Manuela Granziol) and Edoardo Malagigi (professor at the Art Academy in Florence). With the mediation of Sigi Beare, the speakers discussed their techniques and the good and bad aspects of paper as a material.
The second conference spoke of the Design emergency project: how cardboard can be used in the design and architecture world to face current emergencies, discussed by  Nicolas Bertoux (international sculptor and designer) and Giusy Emiliano (representative of FAO). Nicolas Bertoux also presented his project "Pirouette": a cardboard tent that is foldable, transportable and cheap, to stimulate a discussion on current housing emergencies.

During the first day of the Network Days a moment of conviviality among the participants was held: an aperitif offered on the walls of Lucca, during which, between a glass of Prosecco and a local delicacy, the guests mingled, an opportunity to exchange experiences and contacts.

The first day concluded with a performance by Martina Zena: "Play Human", an audio visual perfomance that tells the story of life, from birth to death, through sounds, videos and the creation of eight monotypes.

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The second day of Network Days was held in Palazzo Ducale, where 3 conferences were held: the first of which was "Paper Art and monumental sculptures", a discussion between Outdoor artists (James Lake, Eu Tazé, Ankon Mitra, Kubo Novák) on the topic of the challenging dimensions of their paper works.riguardo alla sfida delle dimensioni delle loro opere in carta.

The conference "Is Paper Art the next big thing?" explored the current status of this art form, which are the events that currently showcase it and what will be its future, thanks to the participation of Emiliano Galigani (director of Lucca Biennale), Oskar Ho (director of Asia Pacific Designers Federation), Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorov (organizers of Sofia Paper Art Fest), Carin Reinders (organizer of CODA Paper Art), Nicole Donnelly and Anne Vilsboell (directors of IAPMA -  International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists).  


The Network Days concluded with the conference "Sound, performance and visual art", which explored the potential of paper involved in mixed media, thanks to the participation of Outdoor artists Dosshaus and Wu Wai Chung, Meng (representative of TIAC - The International Arts and Culture group) and Martina Zena (performance artist).








Call for Artists - Results

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The Outdoor Call foresees artist residencies, during which the artists will create large sculptures with the support of the Biennale. Below are the names and project titles of the winners for the Outdoor Call for Cartasia 2018.



Ankon Mitra The sights and sounds of the cosmos
Dosshaus Path of paradox
Eugenie Taze-Bernard Silent shell, chaotic shell
Jakub Kubo Novak Life space
Manuela Granziol Liminal stage
Ute Deutz & Vladimir Kovarik            Bosocculus
Wu Wai Chung No more message



  indoor  design selezionati

The following are the selected artists and designers who took part in the Indoor and Design Call for Artists. The staff will be in touch with the selected artists to establish works and logistics.


Adriano Attus
Anne Vilsboell
Giada Ambiveri
Gianfranco Gentile
Hyacinta Hovestadt
Katarzyna Łyszkowska
Marco Zecchinato
Marie Schirrmacher-Meitz
Michele Landel
Olga Danelone
Paola Bazz
Paola Margherita
Han Ho





Topic 2018


July - September 2018 | Lucca. Italy


TOPIC: Chaos & Silence

Today, an excess of stimuli, news, positive or negative notions, induce human beings into a state of numbness due to an information overload. This numbness makes us perceive all inputs equal to others: the enormous quantity of stress we are subjected to makes distinguishing the specific qualities of each stimulus difficult. The world around us becomes confusing and indecipherable. In this context the search for silence, clarity and peace, appears to be an essential need for contemporary society in response to this developing chaos. At the same time there is, in this chaotic and dense nebula, a continuous movement and contact with different particles: and this is where the origins of great creative possibilities are concealed and the sign of a body which is extremely alive, responsive, diverse and interlinked, as is today's society. In opposition to this, silence becomes synonymous with isolation, disconnection, and refusal of confrontation.

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We are so often deafened by waves of noise from our television, the web, news, and information platforms. This wave expands, comes out from the screen and enters into conversations, at dinner, at lunch, at the most unexpected hour. It becomes extraordinarily common to talk for hours on end about a murder, an attack and also a football match or an Oscar award, uttering, repeating, amplifying concepts, ideas, and images. We can live like this, with a systematic transformation of the brain into a sponge that absorbs anything and yields nothing. However, a nothingness that has volume, mass and takes up space. And so, submerged as we are, swimming in words, clichés, social dogmas, vessels of nothingness, we float towards a drift, overwhelmed by too much of everything. The volume is so high, the mass of information so great that the noise flattens everything and so distinguishing the boundaries and the importance of things seems - even if we wanted to make this effort - superhuman. We should look for the sources, and inform ourselves. But even this would not guarantee certainty. Even the sources may be misleading, false, inadequate.

So the only solution appears to be abstinence. Fed up, tired, discouraged by too much, our oars are thrown into the boat, looking for peace, silence. Sooner or later things will get better, the too much of everything will diminish and a defined horizon will reappear, a prospect - something - to dictate the route. Yet, if we look back, the sea has been murky for quite some time, and if we want to look beyond, all there is, is other information, other storms, an increasingly chaotic future. And yet. And yet progress is always there, pulsating, omnipresent. Chaos creates life, with no rules, anarchic, difficult to classify, categorize, but you can't say that it isn't life. We believe that the artist's task is not to die mentally, trying to photograph our era; In the Too Much of Everything don't pull your oars into the boat giving in to indifference, instead take a risk, be the speck that goes against the wind in the desert, make this effort. Shout. Believe in revolutions, make them happen everywhere, raise your head.

General Manager | Cartasia, Biennale della Carta

Emiliano Galigani



More Cartasia




Our appreciation for paper as an art form isn't just limited to two months of events and exhibitions in Tuscany: Cartasia keeps on living through various inititatives. Such as the following:                   


After two months of exhibitions during the Biennale, the monumental sculptures keep on living, moving from the squares of Lucca to the underground passages inside the ancient walls that surround the city. It's a permanent exhibition alway open to the public, even as part of guided tours.



 The beauty of the sculptures is destined to overflow out of the city's walls and spread to international art centres. The art pieces of the Biennale are ready to be part of events, festivals, exhibitions and markets, in Italy and on an international scale: Cannes is among the cities touched by the Biennale.

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2016 Edition

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2016 Edition

July 31 - September 10 | ART - DESIGN - TALKS - FUN

The eighth edition of the Biennale was a powerful creator of parallel universes: Art Outdoor. Art Indoor. Talks. Fun. The new entry for the 2016 edition was the Design section. Perceptive and sensory universes which you can explore, enjoy, and be influenced creatively.

Outdoor exhibition


International artists from all over the world are invited to Lucca in order to make monumental paper sculptures. These artworks are exhibited in the squares of Lucca for the month of the Biennial.

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An unmissable exhibition, unique in the world of contemporary art. Lucca is where a new artistic movement takes shape: Paper Art. The Indoor exhibition is set in the beautiful rooms of the Palazzo Ducale, with delicate pieces on the topic of the 2016 theme: Borders & Perspectives. An art form open to everyone, made of a material that has accompanied us every day since childhood.

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The Biennial will have a space dedicated to Design, inside a historical building of the city of Lucca. Design innovations will be the focus, along with development prototypes and interior design.

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Designers, architects, universities and companies from all over Italy converge in Lucca to discuss and hold public talks about paper and design. 3 days open to the public audience about eco-sustaninability, use of alternative materials, innovation, new projects and more.

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Lots of activities for adults and kids: creative labs planned and structured according to the Munari method, preceded by guided tours of the paper sculptures. Every Saturday in August open air activities will take place, aimed at discovering how much can be done with paper!




Performances, music events, the Notte Bianca and more, mixed with art and design exhibitions.




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