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The shades of Venetian glasses

The Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena suggests a special focus on glass and its valuable creations in a backwards in time path.

Modern glasses still seem young seen in the perspective of general glass history. Nevertheless the curiosity and attention to this media has ceaselessly been growing up. Modern glass symbolizes the fusion between tradition and future trough design, knowledge and material.

These unique, unrepeatable, handmade products are the fruit of an ancient and masterfully passed down from one generation to the next, the upholders of a millennia-old history. Actually, it is still today an artistic medium to produce sculptures or three-dimensional artworks. Artists have been continuously incited to use this art craft to create their works, spotlighting current themes impacting contemporary glass art.
The exhibition Glasstress is the main sample of this current research, which involves artists, architects and designers to creatively express their thoughts and ideas through a new, as well as traditional, medium: the glass.

The aim of the project is to show the limitless possibilities inherent in glass.

Collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, Glasstress: White Light/White Heat presents the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom will be working in glass for the first time.

The project is a long term collaboration whit Biennale started in 2009 to highlight the power of glass in the contemporary artistic background. Fifty artists are invited to respond to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the fundamental elements involved in the formation of the universe and also the essence of glassblowing. Light is integral to our perception of glass, while heat is required to shape it.







The Berengo Studio, promoter of the project, it was founded in Murano in 1989 and in 1993 has started its collaboration with artists, inspired largely by Peggy Guggenheim’s fascination in the artistic possibilities of glass. As a matter of fact Guggenheim encouraged modern artists to experiment with Venetian glass, feeling that it shouldn’t be relegated to the purely decorative. And with the Glasstress shows, the studio is offering a selection of contemporary artists the chance to explore this fascinating medium.

So, through this exhibition you can have the opportunity to see the future of glassblowing: contamination of local tradition with the global culture of contemporary art!

Stay tuned to discover new curiosities … you will find out new ways to enjoying the world of Venetian glass, from present days to past!

Exhibition information:
From June 1st to November 24th , from 10am to 6pm

– Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice

– Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Campiello della Pescheria, Murano

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