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Venini: Light 1921 – 1985

Curated by Marino Barovier

The autumn exhibition of LE STANZE DEL VETRO intends to explore the glassworks’ activity in the field of lighting

The autumn exhibition “Venini: Light 1921 – 1985”, curated by Marino Barovier, intends to explore the glassworks’ activity in the field of lighting, from a small to a large scale, tracing an excursus through its most significant projects.

One of the most important areas of Murano glass production has always been lighting, both for domestic use and for large public and private environments, including ministerial buildings, post offices, theatres and hotels.

In particular, the Venini glassworks distinguished itself with significant results in this sector too, particularly thanks to its capacity for constant renewal and its characteristic openness towards the world of design. These are both aspects that have made it a reference point for the most important architects on the national and international scene.

The exhibition will feature a handpicked selection of objects conceived by the many designers who collaborated with the furnace or by the company’s own technical office, illustrating how the theme of light was tackled in the various decades, in a chronological arc that goes from 1921 to 1985.

Polyhedron installation, Veneto pavilion at the 'Italia 61' exhibition, design by Carlo Scarpa

FontanaArte. House of Glass

Curated by Christian Larsen

The spring exhibition of LE STANZE DEL VETRO is dedicated to the legendary Milanese firm, and deals with a theme of great interest in the panorama of art glass.

FontanaArte. House of Glass, curated by Christian Larsen, is a retrospective exhibition that critically examines the legendary Milanese manufacturer of glass furnishings through the production periods of its four great artistic directors: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti.

From the time of its foundation by Gio Ponti in 1932 until 1996, when Aulenti left the company, the FontanaArte catalogue traced a historical stylistic arc through 20th century design, from the rational logic of modernism to the playful wit of post-modernism. Throughout, the company set the standards for Italian design: the seamless continuity between the classical ancient past and the technological present; the perfect marriage of art with industry, the superior quality of materials and hand craftsmanship, and the elevation of the everyday object into the art of living.

The exhibition is laid out with each gallery focusing on each designer and culminates in a suite furnished in the FontanaArte style to evoke a dwelling made of glass interiors. The exhibition layout is designed by architect Massimiliano Locatelli.

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Max Ingrand, Flower Vase, c. 1954, detail, Galleria Michela Cattai

Max Ingrand, Table lamp mod. 1815, 1957, detail, Galleria Michela Cattai

Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana