14th edition at the start, it is already chaos …

For someone it represents the origin of all things, for others it is only the state in which they find their own desk; for someone it is a mathematical and physical theory that can understand only those who have an incredibly high IQ, for others it represents the emblem of the society in which we live. We are talking about the CAOS, or CHAOS if you prefer. But we are also talking about the theme of the 14th edition of the Tapirulan illustrator contest.

If at this moment your mind appears totally empty and you have any idea of what you could draw to participate in the competition, well … don’t worry, this is Chaos too, in a certain sense: that is a primordial state of emptiness, a (creative) darkness that precedes the realization of a magnificent illustration. The important thing, however, is that the darkness vanishes within October 20, 2018, that is the deadline of the competition. Given the theme we could also leave maximum freedom of delivery, but in the organization of Tapirulan perhaps it is better that the chaos still does not reign… So even in this edition it is necessary to draw up a regulation, that you can find it here.

The jury – presided this year by Guillermo Mordillo – will decree the winner of the first prize of € 2,500. And always the jury will choose the 48 authors to exhibit in Cremona and Genoa, starting from 8 December 2018. Now we can only rely on your strong sense of disorder, and as Karl Kraus said: “Wellcome to chaos, for order didn’t work”.


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9 thoughts on “14th edition at the start, it is already chaos …

  1. how can I joint the contest or competition ? I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I would like to send my painting. I’m now 72 years old. Must I send my painting by post ?

    1. Hi Edwin, thank you very much for your interest in our competition! Yes, you can send the artwork by post at this address:

      Associazione Tapirulan
      corso XX settembre 22
      26100 Cremona (Italy)

      If you prefer you can send the original artwork only in the case you will be selected and at the moment you can send a scan o a photo filling out the registration form:


      You can find the rules of the contest here:


      If you need further information feel free to contact us by mail at info@tapirulan.it

  2. good day sir/madam i’m a filipino artist. how can i join this contest? is it free to join to your contest? thank you and GODbless!

    1. Hi Ronnel, you can join the contest by filling out the submission form
      The participation fee is 15 euros, you can find all the details in the competition rules

  3. Hi do i have to pay 15 euro to join this competition ?

  4. Hi! I’d like to see the work from priveious winners. Where can I find them?

    1. Hi J,
      you can find the winners of previous editions in the “Roll of honor” page.

  5. Hi Tapirulan!) How many artworks can I send?

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