The glass room: Paolo Venini and his furnace
Will be dedicated to Paolo Venini (1895 – 1959) the autumn exhibition of Le Stanze del Vetro: Paolo Venini and his furnace, curator Marino Barovier and open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore from September 11, 2016 to January 8, 2017. The exhibition will trace the creations of Paolo Venini and the artists who joined him, especially during the second world war, through 300 works that tell the creative vision of a great protagonist of the glass of the twentieth century.
Born in Milan but adopted by Murano has made a decisive contribution to keep alive the art of glass blowing, founding in 1925 Veniniglassworks V.S.M. & c. with Napoleone Martinuzzi e Francesco Zaidi, from whom he separated in 1932. Educated and enlightened entrepreneur, Venini devised a new set of glasses and contributed personally to the catalogue of the glassworks. Were created by its specific choices series like Crystal Diamond glasses, the second half of the 1930s and some of his original creations, dating back to the 1950s have achieved great success at the Triennale in Milan and at the Venice Biennale as well as in Europe and the United States. Several glasses also were born between 1950 and 1954, a refined innovative reinterpretation of some traditional techniques of Murano, like that of zanfirico.
The exhibition highlights the extraordinary artistic personality by Paolo Venini and authors as Tyra Lundgren, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Eugene Berman, Ken Scott, Charles Lin Tissot, Riccardo Licata, Massimo Vignelli, Tobia Scarpa and Grete Prytz, who collaborated with him from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
From 9/11/2016 to 1/8/2017
From 10 to 19, closed on Wednesdays