Visit the sculptures

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visit the sculptures


The edition is over, but there is still the chance to see some of the monumental cardboard sculptures present at the Outdoor exhibitions!

Here is a map of the sculptures you can still visit: "Mother" by Laurence Vallières; "Hoodie" by Michael Stutz;"Pyramid of Peace" by Heike Schaefer; "Via dal recinto" by No Dump; "U.E.C. 9000" by Labadanzky; "Silent Shell, Chaotic Shell" by Eu Tazè; "Paperman" by James Lake; "Liminal Space" by Manuela Granziol.




OutDoor Exhibition 2016

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Six artists were chosen to create monumental sculptures at the 2016 edition: Laurence Vallières; Giulio Biazzi; Heike Schaefer; Michael Stutz; Mykl Wells; No Dump.

The theme of the VIII edition: Borders and Perspectives.

Open air exhibition of works of art in paper and cardboard, on display in the typical squares of the city of Lucca, in Tuscany. Following an international competition, a carefully selected group of international artists were asked to design sculptures from scratch, with a maximum size of 6 x 6 x 6 metres, made from local paper and cardboard. The artists chosen by the jury were invited to stay and work in Tuscany for a month, paid for by the organisation. During their stay, the artists brought their works to life in a dedicated space. 


                                                                                       International Paper Biennial – VIII EDITION
                                                                                       July 31st / September 10th 2016


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  • HEIKE SCHAEFER - Pyramid of Peace

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  • MICHAEL STUTZ  - Hoodie

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  • MICHAEL WELLS - Spaceship

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  • NO DUMP - Via dal recinto

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Curated by:

Organizers: Associazione Culturale Metropolis

Direttore/Director - Emiliano Galigani

Direttore Artistico Outdoor/Outdoor artistic director - Bicolas Bertoux

Curatore/Indoor Curator - Giacomo Pecchia

Direttore Artistico Design/ Design artistic director - Claudio Cammarata

Referente Fun - Elena Bravi

Coordinatore/Project manager - Federica Moretti

Marketing and social media manager - Beatrice Attanasio & Angelita Privitera

Photo & Video - Alessandro Casalini

Direttore Tecnico/Tecnical manager - Emilia Rosi

Uffico stampa/Press - Ab Studio

Thanks to:

Comune di Lucca, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, Ds Smith; Comieco; Funder35;

Technical sponsors:

RemiGroup; Smurfit Kappa; LibertyRentals;

Media Partner


Patronage of:

Ministero dell'Ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare; Provincia di Lucca; Ordine degli architetti di Lucca; Camera di Commercio di Lucca;


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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Discover the world of paper art, artists' stories and various kinds of creative labs to bring out the artist in you!

Elena Bravi_art lab ducale 2016


LUCCA. Palazzo Ducale! Lab organized by Cartasia, in collaboration with Dott.ssa Elena Bravi Every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12 pm And every Thursday in August from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

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| PAPER LAB - Japanese Kites

LUCCA. Loggiato Pretorio! Organized by Cartasia in collaboration with the Cooperativa Sociale TRI Saturday 6th August 2016 5-8:30 pm


| PAPER LAB - Paper dinosaurs

LUCCA. Ex Cavallerizza! Stories and Creative lab organized by Cartasia in collaboration with Fabrizio Silei. Saturday 13th August 2016 5-8:30 pm

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| PAPER LAB - paper masks

LUCCA. Loggiato Pretorio! Creative lab organized by Cartasia in collaboration with Gianni Colombo. Saturday 20th August 2016 5-8:30 pm


| PAPER LAB - Paper kites easy to fly

LUCCA. Ex Cavallerizza! Creative lab organized by Cartasia in collaboration with Walter Aquiloni. Saturday 3rd September 2016 5-8:30 pm

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| PAPER LAB - Building a house in cardboard

LUCCA. Ex Cavallerizza. Creative lab organized by Cartasia in collaboration with Arch. Alessandro Rogora.



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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