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Lucca Biennale is among the most important events dedicated to paper applied to art, design, architecture and creativity, as paper is also an ancient material locally produced in the area of Lucca. Here paper is the expressive medium that combines the paper heritage with the innvation of the artistic Avant-Garde.

It's one of a kind: every edition a theme tied to current events is chosen which the exhibition adheres to, to underline the connection between art and society. It gives the spectator food for thought, guided by the most innovative techniques of paper art. Lucca Biennale presents art exhibitions, projects, events, conferences and workshops.

Thanks to an international call for artists, the most innovative and prominent figures of the Paper Art world take part in the Biennale, exhibiting their works during the Indoor exhibition (inside a historical building) and Outdoor exhibition (in the open air), or in the other sections: Design & Architecture, and Performances.

Other than the artistic exhibitions, Lucca Biennale is also a place to meet and grow, through the Network Days (talks and events dedicated to networking, to encourage artists and professionals to engage and exchange knowledge) and Educational Labs (creative workshops designed to accompany children in the discovery of paper art, inspired by the works exhibited). For every edition, Lucca Biennale hosts a guest country, giving it a space and platform to showcase its traditional and innovative use of paper in the world of art.

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The tenth edition is upon us, but there is still the chance to relive some of the monumental works in cardboard made in the previeous edition that characterized the exhibition. Discover in the gallery below the sections and the events that within the Walls of Lucca has given life to the theme chaos and silence! 


Monumental sculptures in cardboard, created during an artist residency following an international call for artists. The Outdoor artists are hosted in the city of Lucca for a month, with complete supply of material, equipment and assistance. The monumental works are then installed in key locations of the historical town centre.



The most contemporary artworks of the current Paper Art scene are showcased in one or more exhibitions of the historical town centre of Lucca. The works are chosen for their innovative technique and compliancy with the theme of the edition, selected through an international call for artists.



The potential of paper is explored through architecture and design projects, selected through an international call for artists.



Lucca Biennale becomes a stage for contemporary performances that use paper. The chosen projects are selected through an international call for artists.



An occasion for conferences and networking events, that unfold in the course of various days. The Network Days encourage artists and professionals to engage and exchange knowledge.



Lucca Biennale has created a diverse program of creative workshops: the Educational Labs, designed to accompany children in the discovery of paper art, inspired by the works exhibited.

For every edition, Lucca Biennale invites a guest country, creating an atmosphere of international cooperation and cultural value. The guest country receives a dedicated space and the chance to create its own specific project.


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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.



Call for Monumental Artworks

Call for monumental paper artworks!

Cartasia is proud to announce a "Call for Artists - Outdoor exhibition" to invite international artists to make monumental paper artworks that will hosted at Lucca in August 2016

The list (not final form) of some places recommended for installations:

Porta San Pietro (space inside the walls next to the door), Piazza San Frediano, Piazza San Salvatore, Piazza Cittadella, Piazza San Francesco, Piazza San Michele, Piazza del Giglio.

The competition aims to promote and highlight tradition and process of paper art. Theme of the 8th edition is "BORDERS & PERSPECTIVES", the theme is a contemporary gaze that can be understood as social, religious, artistic, anthropological etc


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| We are pleased to announce the finalists of 
OUTDOOR - Call For Artists

The artists will be contacted in the next days




Giulio Biazzi U.E.C. 9000 ('UAPP' 'E CARTON')
Heike Schaefer Piramid of peace



Call for...Logo

Concorso per la rivisitazione del logo CARTASIA

CARTASIA bandisce un concorso per la creazione di un nuovo logo rappresentativo della Biennale D'Arte Internazionale.

Il logo diventerà il simbolo ufficiale delle attività della Biennale (Italia e oltre confine) e sarà utilizzato per tutte le applicazione previste o che riterrà necessarie e opportune, a partire dalla VIII edizione che avrà luogo nel 2016.

Il concorso è aperto a tutti, da liberi professionisti a studenti (superiori, università e accademie) e più in generale a chiunque ritenga di voler proporre la propria idea. E' possibile proporre idee originali o un restyling del logo esistente.


Il vincitore verrà invitato e presentato alla stampa nazionale in occasione della conferenza ufficiale di inizio della Biennale. Sarà garantita la copertura dei costi di viaggio A/R.

Il logo scelto verrà inoltre impiegato per la comunicazione dell'VIII edizione della Biennale che avrà luogo nell'estate 2016.



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