Holland Paper Biennial 2010

8 June till 12 September

The Holland Paper Biennial will be staged for the eighth time in Museum Rijswijk and CODA Apeldoorn from 8 June till 12 September 2010.

The 2010 Holland Paper Biennial is an exhibition of work by international paper artists taking place in two museums. A special selection of papers and books will be added to the usual range of products in the museum shop for the duration of the exhibition in Museum Rijswijk. The traditional paper fair will be held in the courtyard at the front of Museum Rijswijk and in the Oude Kerk (Old Church) opposite on Sunday 12 September from 13.00 till 17.00.

During the eighth Holland Paper Biennial there will again be an extremely varied body of paper artworks on display. The focus will be on jewellery made from paper, but collages, sculpted and cut books, and installations specially assembled for this biennial will also be featured. In short, the whole spectrum of hand- and machine-made paper, fashioned in every imaginable way, can be seen at the exhibition.

At the previous Holland Paper Biennial it was already clear that the tearing and cutting of paper were on the increase and the trend continues at this year"s biennial. Although most artists still execute their work by hand, the computer plays an increasingly important role in the design process. Bovey Lee from the United States combines the Chinese art form of exquisitely, fine paper cutting with modern symbols and iconography. After making drawings, she processes them on the computer and then with the help of stencils cuts her designs out of the paper by hand with surgical precision. Japanese artist Hideo Iwasaki uses his cut-outs to create a spectacular installation. In combination with mirrors and a computer-driven light show, spontaneously cut, organic forms fill the whole space. Birgit Knoechl draws vegetable forms, which she cuts out and installs in different spacial scenarios. Her sculptures are reminiscent of parasitic plants in science-fiction fantasies. The work of Javier L. on resembles running water or grass blowing in the wind. He cuts serrated patterns into the edges of sheets of thin Japanese Washi paper and mounts them onto a background, layer by layer. It is almost impossible to see that Noriko Ambe also cuts her paper. Hundreds of stacked sheets of Yupo, a synthetic paper, are incised and fashioned in such a way that they resemble landscapes eroded by the elements.
Some artists transform books through the use of cutting, snipping and other various techniques. In a manner of speaking Brian Dettmer reads a book with a sharp knife. After clamping the corners, he cuts through the book page by page to create a whole new content. While the books of Dettmer are always recognisable as such, it is difficult to say the same for the books Boukje Voet fashions. She cuts, clips, curls and glues the pages of old books into exuberant sculptures that spill from the binding, as if about to overrun the surroundings.

Jewellery made of paper gets special attention at this biennial. Katharina Dettar uses crumpled, faded photos as the basis of her brooches. After treating them with paraffin wax, she mounts them in silver with a combination of semi-precious stones and bone. Although the following artists share the common technique of layering paper in their jewellery, their method of execution is completely different. Lydia Hirte creates her pendants with layers of thin card. She tests the paper to its absolute limit by twisting and fixing it into contorted, abstract shapes. Janna Syvnoja makes jewellery from hundreds of layered pieces cut from used paper, threaded one by one onto steel wire. Her work seems to grow organically, reminiscent of shells and bones. The armbands of Susanne Holzinger are born out of layers of different coloured paper glued together and then carved into sculptural shapes.
Closely related to these jewellery pieces, is the work of Noriko Takamiya. Using the traditional Japanese craft of basketry as her starting point, she develops new forms and techniques. She winds layers of thin strips of paper around each other, interweaving them into Escher-like objects.

For the first time, collages made by different artists can be seen at this biennial. Peter Clark prefers to use found papers for the cutting characterisations in his humorous collages of animals and other subjects. He tears, rolls and crumples maps, letters and envelopes with faded texts, giving them almost sculptural dimensions. Ton Zwerver uses pages photo-copied from magazines and catalogues to create the extraordinarily complex compositions in his collages. These elaborate arrangements are an attempt to bring order to the chaos of the images and impressions he encounters every day. As is the custom, this biennial will again be presenting the work of several artists who make their own paper. Alexandra Deutsch makes her objects from paper pulp. They seem to have grown organically, but their brightly painted colours betray the touch of the fine artist. Weaver Gjertrud Hals started using paper in order to be able to work more three-dimensionally. She combines paper with materials such as linen, wire and found objects in her work inspired by Norwegian mythology. The paper Chiaki Morita uses for her work is translucent. She makes her paper from the fibres of the paper mulberry tree (Kozo) and employs a stencil technique to form different patterns in it. Riki Moss has been creating elements for her "Paper Forest" for five years now. It is an ever-growing installation of Abaca paper made from banana plant fibres.

The participating artists are:

Museum Rijswijk
Noriko Ambe (Japan/United States), Katharina Dettar (Germany/Spain), Brian Dettmer (United States), Alexandra Deutsch (Germany), Lydia Hirte (Germany), Susanne Holzinger (Germany), Hideo Iwasaki (Japan), Bovey Lee (United States), Javier L�on (Spain), Chiaki Morita (Japan), Janna Syv�noja (Finland), Noriko Takamiya (Japan), Boukje Voet (the Netherlands), Ton Zwerver (the Netherlands)

Both museums
Peter Clark (United Kingdom), Gjertrud Hals (Norway), Birgit Knoechl (Austria), Riki Moss (United States)

Desiree de Baar (the Netherlands), Josef Baier (Austria), Sam Grigorian (Germany), Kuin Heuff (the Netherlands), Raquel Maulwurf (the Netherlands), Christophe Piallat (United States), Karen Sargsyan (the Netherlands), Jens Semjan (Germany), Carel Visser (the Netherlands).

Paper Fair
To mark the conclusion of the 2010 Holland Paper Biennial, a grand paper fair will be held on Sunday 12 September from 13.00 until 17.00 on the premises and in the grounds of Museum Rijswijk and in the Oude Kerk (Old Church) opposite the museum. Countless artists, papermakers and paper merchants from the Netherlands and other countries will be displaying and selling their wares.

A catalogue (Dutch/English) published by Museum Rijswijk will accompany the 2010 Holland Paper Biennial. Author: Frank van der Ploeg.
ISBN/EAN 978-90-801242-6-4

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday through Sunday from 12pm till 5pm


Museum Rijswijk
Herenstraat 67
2282 BR Rijswijk