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Fragile? glasses from 19th century

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The exhibition features more than 28 work of international artists that have used glass as their poetic medium. From Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, until Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Giovanni Anselmo and Jannis Kounellis.
This exhibition is part of Le Stanze del Vetro project, a joint collaboration between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, developed with the aim of promoting the appreciation of and research in glass made in the 19th and 20th centuries. 
In the context of Venetian glassmaking and its peculiar artisan connotations, Fragile? aims at taking a different, yet equally important, aspect into account, namely the use of glass as a found object, with specific metaphorical and linguistic features.
Instead of the precise traits of manufactured artworks, other aspects will be highlighted, such as symbolic transparency, fragility and resistance, imprecision and smoothness, along with the construction of elements that draw inspiration from reality and contemporary artistic language.
“Glass, thanks to its widespread use in architecture and its double nature of transparent medium and at the same time barrier, becomes a new linguistic tool through which to create images” said Mario Codognato, the curator of the exhibition.
Fragile? displays the creations of some of the most interesting artists of our time, who used glass with diverse and contrasting intentions. Seen as a whole, the works translate the infinite potentialities of glass into unprecedented dialectics which inevitably have to do with our daily existence, as a constitutive element of contemporary artistic language.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia.
Open from April 8 to July 28, from 10am to 7pm. Closed on Wednesdays.