Lucca Biennale Cartasia


Starting from 2018, Lucca Biennale Cartasia has created a section that is fully devoted to a foreign country. The exhibition focuses on the artists, techniques, materials and history, to provide a complete overview of the paper culture in that country.

The Focus Germany section is made possible under the patronage of


Germany will be the guest country of the 11th edition of the Lucca Biennale Cartasia. This means the active participation of a country that has always been attentive to sustainability, whose environmental awareness and environmental movements have a long tradition behind them. The commitment to the environment and sustainability has not yet reached sufficient goals anywhere in the world and this collaboration aims to raise awareness, as well as exchange points of view and create new ideas.


In the broadest sense of the term, Paper is a cultural object. It is a product of man, for man and with infinite uses. Paper has been used in every era; it has created universes of meaning and passed on culture; it has been a means for financial transactions and to set down contracts, rules, laws and treaties. Paper has been used to protect food, shelter mouths, cover bodies. Moreover, to create Art. This immense heritage is declined differently throughout the world: each nation, every region has its own paper tradition and individual technique, mirroring its unique evolution of style and development of the expertise and of the use of paper. The aim of Lucca Biennale Cartasia is to showcase this variety by inviting a guest country at each edition to highlight the versatility, tradition and creativity of paper.