From 6 September 2020 to 10 January 2021. The spring exhibition of LE STANZE DEL VETRO will be dedicated to Studio Glass, with an extraordinary selection of glass works by American artists and designers.The intention is to examine closely the influence of aesthetics and traditional Venetian glass processing techniques in the American Glass Studio from the 1960s to today. "Venice and American Studio Glass", curated by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, former curators of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York .
With 155 exceptional pieces including vases, sculptures and glass installations created by 60 artists, Americans and Venetians, this exhibition will be the first to carefully examine the influence that aesthetics and traditional Venetian glass processing techniques have had on the Studio American glass from the sixties to today.
In 1960 glass blowing had long been industrialized in the United States and many manual skills had been lost, so the artists of Studio Glass had looked to Europe, and in particular to Venice and the Murano glass blowers, as a guide.
What followed was a "love affair" with the processing of Venetian glass which, in the late nineties, had spread to the United States and the world.
Pioneering artists such as Dale Chihuly and Benjamin Moore went to Venice, learned the techniques and then invited Venetian masters to the United States to teach. While Chihuly has made some Venetian-inspired series during his long and prolific career, Moore's corpus instead focuses in particular on Venetian ideas.
Richard Marquis , who was also in Venice, has developed completely new uses for the Venetian mosaic technique, known as murrina, for its objects inspired by the American flag, teapots and Marquiscarpa vases.
At the center of the exhibition will be the monumental installation of Dale Chihuly, Laguna Murano Chandelier, made in Murano with the Venetian masters Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto .
Venice and American Studio Glass will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog published by Skira for LE STANZE DEL VETRO with an introduction by Laura de Santillana , a recently deceased Venetian artist and designer, nephew of Paolo Venini , founder of the renowned Venini & C. in Murano; a historical essay by Tina Oldknow; a critical essay by William Warmus; and other important perspectives of the Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, the American glass historian Howard Lockwood and the independent artist and curator Kim Harty.
Venice and American Studio Glass
Stanze del Vetro, Isola di San Giorgio, 8 - Venezia
Hours: from 9.00 to 18.00. Closed on Wednesday.
Tickets: free admission.
Website: Stanze del Vetro