The Venice Glass Week is the first international festival organized at Venice (Italy), dedicated to the art of glass, with a particular focus on that of Murano. The festival will involve many of the major institutions in Venice, with the aim of revitalising and sustaining one of the city’s most important artistic and creative activities.
The first edition will take place from 10 – 17 September 2017, with over 140 events including exhibitions, conferences, screenings, educational activities, themed evenings, open furnaces and more, at a large number of locations around Venice and Murano.
I selected some events that I’ll visit. I suggest you, obviously, to not miss them!
Alfredo Barabini Murano 900. Alfredo Barbini (born 1912, died 2007) was one of the greatest glass artists of the twentieth century. During The Venice Glass Week visitors will be able to admire an anthological exhibition of 7-8 works by Barbini. The selection of sculptures covers a broad time period, including the Siren of the 1930s, the original drawing of Martinuzzi, and the Duck of 1938 for the V.A.M.S.A.
Art of engraving. Glass engraver Amy West will offer brief engraving demonstrations, and give guided tours of an exhibition focused on the Art of Engraving, holding close the traditional methods of wheel engraving while exploring application of both traditional and modern design concepts. The exhibition will visually share the details of her creative process When working through an engraving project.
Beyond cages. Siru will show, during the whole week from 8.30 am to 6 pm in Palazzo Trevisan Cappello, a storytelling in an emotional walkthrough involving visual and haptic feelings, putting glass and venetian handcraft as first actors. Beyond Cages installation will lead visitors through the conceptualization and the production of light objects using caged blown-glass technique, where metal frames shape the appearance of glass itself.
The glass in the Venetian palaces: Ca’ Foscari and Ca’ Dolphin. During the tour of Ca’ Foscari and Ca’ Dolphin, lasting around 75 minutes, visitors will discover the spaces and the history of two symbolic sites of the university. The itinerary starts in the courtyards of Ca’ Foscari, visiting the Historical Archive exhibition and the splendid Aula Baratto designed by Carlo Scarpa, and then continues to the Ca’ Dolphin building opposite Ca’ Foscari. Ca’ Dolphin, a 16 th -Century palace, is home to the splendid Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, decorated with frescos from the 17th Century, and gives visitors the chance to admire a unique view of the Basilica dei Frari. On the occasion of “Venice Glass Week”, Ca’ Foscari Tour offers an in-depth analysis of the history of the glass within Ca’ Foscari and Ca’ Dolphin. There is particular focus on chandeliers made by Murano glassmakers and wall-lights formed by architect Carlo Scarpa.
Industrial Art. The Design Studio Chiaramonte Marin deals with industrial, interior and graphic design and for the occasion of The Venice Glass Week at the exhibition space “Il Giardino di Pippo micro-multi store”, will be possible to see objects and lighting fixtures designed and realized by the Studio for Murano and other international brands. The aim is to represent and compare the different ways of addressing the material of glass, from a point of view related to tradition with the typically insular works made by Masters of Murano in the furnaces of Nason Moretti and Abate Zanetti to those related to industry and a more technological logic, such as the Led lighting collection by Brokis Brand, a well-known Czech republic company.
Light blowing. This exhibition be an international overview on glass lighting design today, by comparing traditional techniques with the results derived from new technologies and techniques, with a particular focus on craftsmanship and aesthetic research. A shortlist of artists, designers and small brands have been invited to represent their creativity in the world of lighting, each expressing their own independent aesthetic research.
The exhibition will take place at Murano Gallery LUab, a new space dedicated to glass in Murano, realised by the New Murano Gallery via the alliance with Maestro Fornasier, encouraging an exchange between Venetian glass and contemporary international glass.
Metamorphosis, by Camilla Brunelli and Simone Crestan. The T Fondaco dei Tedeschi reasserts its commitment towards supporting and enhancing local craftsmanship and artistic talent by hosting Metamorphosis, a project by Camilla Brunelli and Simone Crestani for Editamateria, which combines design and nature, creating an echo with Loris Cecchini’s Waterbones installation presented at the Event Pavilion. The natural process of the insect exoskeleton’s metamorphosis inspired the duo of artists to conceive those refined and immaterial forms of vases and bottles, which testify to the delicacy and virtuosity of the art of glass.
Murano glass experience. On the occasion of The Venice Glass Week, Consorzio Promovetro is opening the doors of its companies to everybody. An unique opportunity to discover the magic world of Murano Glass. A unique cultural experience, promoted by Consorzio Promovetro Murano, exclusively for The Venice Glass Week, conceived and created in collaboration with Artsystem, to discover the Venetian glassmaking tradition. An itinerary will accompany visitors to observe the glass masters at work in furnaces, and laboratories that usually are not open to the public. There the magic of glass still lives today and the secrets of Murano Glass will be revealed. Murano Glass Experience is a guided tour of approx. 90 minutes through the island of Murano, discovering two of its most significant productions (hot glass furnaces, lampworking, stained glass, cold working, decoration), usually closed to public. Itineraries are available in Italian and English.
Glass textiles. Display of glass textiles created in Marina and Susanna Sent’s laboratory over twenty years of activity; these are also true experiments both in terms of texture and the individual elements they are composed of. The display features the “Penelope” textile (1998), characterized by an innovative double hole bead, produced for the “Aperto Vetro” exhibition and displayed at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice; the “Bucata” bodice (2002), a transparent, irregular grid of flat glass, presented in 2002 at “Le Stanze del Vetro” exhibition in Aosta; the “Soap” collar, composed of blown borosilicate glass spheres recently on display at the Triennale and at MUDEC in Milan; the “Debutto” dress (2004), whose elements, sewn together, give shape and three-dimensionality to the warp. The display will also feature the results of the most recent research: decorative panels composed of elements obtained by a mixture of lampworking and glass fusing.
The design of perfume flacon. The impalpable essence contained in the scent of a perfume is an evanescent body which requires a tailor made dress. The bottle gives away the character of a perfume, content and container unanimously create powerful imaginary. Over the decades, the most important artists and designers have deliberated the design of the bottle, finding themselves in the art of telling fragrances through their containers and sanctioning glass as the leader in the practice of “shaping smell”. During the conference, Arturo Ricci (perfume designer) will talk about the processes behind creating a perfume bottle.
A story for adults: legend has it that a ship of soda merchants … Educational experience for adults and families focusing on learning about the supply of raw materials for glass processing, thanks to the cooperation of the Compagnia della Marineria tradizionale, with the lugger Il Nuovo Trionfo and the Abate Zanetti School of Glass in Murano. The historic boat, dating back to 1926, which has been carefully and thoroughly restored in recent months, will be the classroom and on this occasion we will have the opportunity to talk about glass within the context of work in the city of Venice. The lugger was engaged in the transport of sand and lumber to Murano, and during The Venice Glass Week it will also be the special means of transport for arrivals at and departures from Murano.