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2023 Shanghai international
Paper Art Biennale


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2023 Shanghai international
Paper Art Biennale

Our mission is to create a platform for international cultural exchange in Shanghai - a historic yet pioneering city that breeds splendid civilization while welcoming all innovative conceptions. The conversations between China traditional paper art (including paper cutting, origami, paper carving, etc.) and international paper works enable artists from different cultural contexts to share, be inspired, and explore the beauty in paper art.

The 2023 Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale is organized by Paper+ Studio and Shanghai Fengxian Museum and jointly hosted by Shanghai Fengxian District Culture and Tourism Bureau. During the exhibition, paper artists from all over the world will be invited to present their paper works at the exhibition. Alongside this, the works of well-known Chinese paper artists will be highlighted and displayed, as well as official

works of Chinese paper heritage, and the promising student paper artworks from the art universities of China. The exhibition areas include: Traditional Paper Art

Area, International Paper Art Area, and last but least. The Biennale will consist of one exhibition and a series of cultural and artistic activities. The exhibition, hosted at Fengxian City Museum, will invite domestic and foreign paper artists to show approximately 100 exhibits. With the theme of "World Intangible Cultural Heritage", this exhibition will include a special showcase dedicated to promoting the intangible cultural heritage of paper art in Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta, and the whole country. The goal is to present a greater variety of traditional Chinese culture to the world and enhance national confidence. In conjunction with the exhibition, an international academic seminar will be organized, inviting numerous domestic and foreign paper artists, non-genetic inheritors, scholars, and government officials to participate. Additionally, a series of art and cultural activities will be conducted, including artist creation, DIY handmade activities related to intangible cultural heritage, research activities, art lectures, and more.


The theme of Biennale: One World·One Family
The theme of this Biennale is "One World·One Family," which upholds the concept of a "community with a shared future for mankind" and conveys the shared aspiration to build a better life for humanity. Against the backdrop of our global village, the destinies of every nation and every individual are closely intertwined. We should stand together through thick and thin, share weal and woe, and work hand in hand to create a platform

for exchange and cooperation toward a brighter future. The theme of this exhibition spans from the ancient to the present, starting from the traditional intangible cultural heritage and moving toward contemporary artworks. It aims to facilitate a dialogue between Chinese and foreign paper art civilizations to the public. While appreciating and understanding the intangible cultural heritage of countries around the world, the general public will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the enduring charm of Chinese civilization and gain insights into paper artworks across different time periods, spaces, and cultural backgrounds. This exhibition will contribute to the appreciation of the culture and art of papermaking and further promote international cultural exchange.

Lead curator: Anson Ou; Guest curator: Peng Wu 


Date: November 1st ,2023 – February 27th 2024

Location: Fengxian Museum, Shanghai(No.333 Hupan Road, Fengxian District, Shanghai,China)

Museum Open Day:9:00-16:30 (Tue-Sun.)

Opening Date: November 1st 10:00 am

online view Exhibition of 2021 Paper Art Biennale:

online view of 2019 Paper Art Biennale


Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism

Organizing Committee of Oriental Beauty Valley Art Festival, Fengxian, Shanghai

Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts


Culture and Tourism Bureau of Fengxian District, Shanghai


Fengxian Museum
Paper+ Studio
School of Fashion Design,Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts


Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion Center of Fengxian District, Shanghai


International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists
Institute of Handmade Paper University of Science and Technology of China
Institute of Chinese Folk Art of South China University of Technology
Magazine of Shanghai Art & Crafts

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