In a world increasingly dominated by technology and machines, the significance of paper is celebrated in this imaginative exhibition. A delicate and humble material, paper can nevertheless last for centuries and has deep meaning for human beings. As a blank canvas, it provides a creative outlet for writers, artists and creators who transform it into sophisticated artworks using simple tools or just the human hand. From intricate miniature paper cuttings to mesmerising sculptures made of thousands of strips of paper, this exhibition celebrates the diversity and versatility of paper, and the creativity, skill and imagination of those artisans who choose to work with it.
In a room imaginatively designed by Michele De Lucchi and his studio, the work of contemporary paper artisans from all over Europe takes centre stage. Discover papier mâché bowls made from the pages of old books by Swedish paper artist Cecilia Levy; interlocking geometric sculptures by Greek paper folder Zoe Keramea; and complex origami figures created by Finnish artisan Juho Könkkölä from a single piece of white paper. These and many more exquisite European works sit alongside umbrellas made by Japanese studio Wakasa and artworks by Japanese paper cutting artist Masayo Fukuda, demonstrating the significance of paper in Japan.
An immersive experience, the exhibition invites artisans to demonstrate their skills live in the room, giving visitors a close-up view of the art of paper cutting, origami, paper sculpting and much more. Wander through the participatory installations, discover the joy of writing with a fountain pen crafted on site by artisans from Montblanc, and participate in an origami workshop with Belgian master Charles Kaisan. Complementing the artworks on display are handmade Italian wallpapers, elaborate calligraphy, and photographs by Susanna Pozzoli showcasing production at Gangolf Ulbricht’s papermaking workshop in Berlin. This unique exhibition ignites a conversation about the value of paper and encourages visitors to see this humble material in a new light.
The world-renowned architect and designer Michele De Lucchi has designed furniture and lighting for most well-known Italian and European companies including Artemide, Alias, Unifor, Hermès, Alessi and Olivetti. His architectural work spans residential, industrial, cultural and corporate spaces in Italy and around the world. Alongside his professional work he has always pursued a personal exploration of design and craftsmanship, and in 1990 he founded Produzione Privata, an experimental laboratory through which he creates imaginative products using artisanal techniques. In 2000 he was appointed Officer of the Italian Republic for services to design and architecture.Read moreShow less