Charter Sunday at ICPAL. Anna Onesti’s Kite exhibition

Ultimo aggiornamento 26 July 2023

The annual appointment with the Domenica di Carta, the initiative promoted by the Ministry of Culture to enhance the archival heritage and library of the State Libraries and Archives.

For the occasion, the Central Institute for the Pathology of Archives and Books continues the exhibition of the kites that Anna Onesti  has also created together with other artists: Francesco Casorati, Bruno Ceccobelli, Adele Cammarata, Virginia Lorenzetti.

Kites are little miracles of technical perfection. Built with essential elements, painted or printed paper, bamboo sticks and cotton threads, they combine constructive wisdom and artistic beauty with the substance of play and the sense of spontaneous momentum. The construction of these flying forms, created together with Fabrizio Di Pietro, is often based on traditional Japanese typologies such as: the square kite (hamamatsu), the lozenge kite (tosa), the rectangular kite (edo), the hexagonal kite (rokkaku). The glaze is made with handcrafted Japanese paper or with Korean paper or paper from the Far East, from the regions of Nepal or India.

Also on display are some photos of kite flying, flights coordinated by Claudio del Greco and Ettore Carta of the Roman kite group Greko Kite, the photographs are by Fabio Massimo Fioravanti.

The day’s program is completed by the guided tour of the historic garden  of the Institute, former site of the Botanical Gardens of Rome.


9 October 2022: at 10.15 am guided tour of the historic garden; 11.15 am  visit to the exhibition “Paper Flights” accompanied by the artist Anna Onesti.


ICPAL – Via Milano, 76 – 00184 Rome (RM)

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Free admission with reservation required at: with a request to enter the activity you are interested in, the number of participants and a telephone number.

Reservations by 12.00 on Friday 7 October.

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ANNA ONESTI  was born in 1956 in Rocca di Papa (Rome). You trained by attending the Academies of Fine Arts in Rome, Urbino and Turin, graduating in Scenography and Decoration. You studied in Japan, deepening your knowledge of both traditional Japanese papermaking techniques and the ancient decorative practices associated with dyeing fabrics. Fascinated by the oriental world, she works trying to establish a bridge between different artistic traditions also through the concrete recovery of tools, materials and techniques. Her works are made up of paper, color and essential things. With the oriental paper that she dyes by exploiting the iridescent possibilities of indigo and other natural dyes, in 2005 she began the creation of the kites, her Paper Cloud, also basing their realization on typologies derived from traditional Japanese shapes. The construction of kites increasingly directs her work towards the search for lightness and movement. In addition to Italy, you have also exhibited in Australia, Korea, Estonia, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Thailand, in an itinerary that favors the Orient on the path of the ancient roads that brought paper to Europe.

In the photo: Anna Onesti, Paper hero (L’Eroe e la girandola), 2005, mobil, gouache and ink on paper washi, bamboo sticks and cotton threads, cm 213X95. Photo by Giancarlo Giombetti.

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