This year marks the 13th year of the establishment of LUCCA BIENNALE, the world's biggest event on Paper Art, Paper Design and Paper Architecture. In this year, the LUCCA BIENNALE also ushered in new changes. The organiser of the LUCCA BIENNALE collaborated with the China Design Centre to attract Chinese paper artists to participate in the exhibition, showcasing Chinese contemporary paper aesthetics and fresh ideas.
Since ancient times, Lucca has had a close relationship with China. Through the ancient Silk Road, papermaking technology from China was introduced to Europe. Lucca soon became one of the most important papermaking centres in Europe. For centuries, papermaking has become an integral part of local history and culture. In this historical context, LUCCA BIENNALE was born in Lucca in 2004 and is committed to promoting traditions, culture, innovation and sustainability through the paper.
After a careful selection, four Chinese paper artists will bring their works to this great international art event.
Joe Wong's two works, "Cantonese" and "Datong", are paper-made traditional Chinese vases. Wong conveyed his hope for world peace and cultural heritage through his exquisite paper sculpture technique and creativity.
The design team from China Academy of Art Shanghai Institute of Design focuses on the traditional forms of Chinese folk art. They integrate the black-paper-cut from Nangou Village, Sanmenxia County, Henan Province with modern design thinking, to present a contemporary interpretation of the traditional culture of paper-cut.
Haisheng Liang and Paper Life, a brand of paper art, combine their creativity and technology together, using Chinese traditional Xuan paper and bamboo as the carrier to reflect their good wishes for promoting cultural exchanges between the East and West.
The location of this exhibition has also been carefully arranged. The two main indoor exhibition venues of the exhibition are located in the heart of Lucca, where the main venue is the most important landmark of Lucca – Palazzo Ducale.
The Palazzo Ducale has a long history and occupied nearly one-fifth of the entire city of Lucca in the 14th century, making it an important landmark in Lucca. Today, the Palazzo Ducale bears many functions such as the government, gallery, and museum.
Less than 10 minutes walk from the Palazzo Ducale in Lucca, there is the second indoor exhibition venue, Mercato del Carmine, which will feature large-scale indoor paper works.
It is less than two months away from the start of the exhibition. The artists are still building up their artworks. Let's look forward to the LUCCA BIENNALE, which will open in August this year, to share the Chinese paper art on the world stage.