Every two years, the International Paper Biennial at Rijswijk displays a remarkable selection of contemporary paper art. This year, part of the exhibition will be on show at Museum Meermanno, besides the regular location of Museum Rijswijk. The two museums will pool their expertise and organise the ninth edition of the Biennial jointly. In Museum Meermanno, the emphasis will be on work featuring books and letters in the leading role:
Outside, on the front façade and in the garden there are two book sculptures, streams made up of hundreds of books, by Alicia Martín (Spain).
The installations of Ebon Heath (VS) are described as ‘letter sculptures’, ‘typographical mobiles’, or ‘visual poems’. Heath takes letters out of their two-dimensional surface and hangs them up to form swirling shapes in space.
Jérôme Corgier (France) and his Atelier Pariri also make sculptures out of letters. They set out to find out the extent to which letters can exist as independent signs.
Ros Rixon (Britain) goes to work like a real book surgeon. Wielding a scalpel, she cuts sentences out of their context, literally and figuratively, making them into objects in which they take on a new life.
Peter Collingridge (Britain) and his studio produced a comic stop-motion film in which books play the leading role.
Laura Behar (Israel) makes her own paper and inscribes texts on it within an ancient tradition, as if they were the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Combat Paper Project (US) is a project carried out with US war veterans, helping them to work through their war experiences. The paper on which they print their texts is made from used army uniforms.
Work by the Combat Paper Project and 14 other artists is also displayed at Museum Rijswijk.