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Tapio Wirkkala at Venini
Toni Zuccheri at Venini

Twin Exhibitions

The program of exhibitions devoted to the history of the Venini glassware company continues at LE STANZE DEL VETRO.

“Tapio Wirkkala at Venini” and “Toni Zuccheri at Venini” are two side-by-side exhibitions at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, curated by Marino Barovier and dedicated to two artists and designers who were active at the furnace in the 1960s. They both contributed, with their strong personalities, to the character of the production of the glassworks. In those transformational years, Venini was able on the one hand to present new models without giving up the use of colour, and on the other to respond to the new minimalist requirements in the world of design.

The first aspect was developed in particular by Toni Zuccheri, to whom we owe the extraordinary series of fowl and farmyard animals, which were soon joined by vases in bright colours with organic lines, inspired by the plant kingdom.

From 1966 the furnace also entered in a collaboration with Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, who brought his experience with glass at the Iittala glassworks to Venice by combining Nordic culture with Murano craft, achieving remarkable results.

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Plate and bowls from the Coreani series, Tapio Wirkkala for Venini, 1966-67

Vases from the Scolpiti series, Toni Zuccheri for Venini, 1967

Venice and American Studio Glass

Book your free virtual guided tour

You can visit the “Venice and American Studio Glass” exhibition online with our guides, by booking your free guided tour every day

Discover the masterpieces of Venice and American Studio Glass with our virtual guided tours, comfortably from home. Our guides will accompany you through the galleries of the exhibition on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore: you will discover the glass works on show and learn more about the themes and the leading artists.


Gathering 155 outstanding glass vessels, sculptures and installations created by 60 American and Venetian artists, this exhibition ‘Venice and American Studio Glass’, curated by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, is the first to closely examine the influences of traditional Venetian glass-working techniques, as well as the Venetian aesthetic, on American Studio Glass made from the 1960s to the present.


On show in the Carnelutti Hall of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini there is the monumental installation by Dale Chihuly, Laguna Murano Chandelier, created in 1996 on Murano with the Venetian masters Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto. The chandelier is made up of five components and incorporates sculptural elements evoking the Venetian lagoon.


Free guided tours – via Zoom – can be booked any day, at least two days in advance of the requested date. All our educational activities are curated by Artsystem.


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Venice and American Studio Glass, installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Venice and American Studio Glass, installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana