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Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters

Curated by Caterina Tognon and Sylva Petrová

The next exhibition organized by LE STANZE DEL VETRO will be dedicated to Bohemian glass and its use after the Second World War.

The forthcoming exhibition organized by LE STANZE DEL VETRO will be Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters, curated by Caterina Tognon and Sylva Petrová, which will run on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore from 14 May to 26 November 2023.

The exhibition will recount the emancipation of Bohemian glass from its traditional categorization as applied and decorative art, as well as its use in the creation of influential abstract sculptural works in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) after the Second World War.

At the end of the Second World War, the troubled political, social and economic conditions in Czechoslovakia, which lasted until the fall of the socialist regime in 1989, prompted numerous artists to devote their research to glass craftsmanship. These works, designed by artists and crafted in furnaces by local skilled makers, were presented by the Czechoslovak Communist government at international events such as Expos, Biennials and Triennials.

Following the Communist Party’s seizure of power in 1948 and the imposition in Czechoslovakia of an aesthetic model based on socialist realism, a large group of artists devoted themselves instead to studying the characteristics and potential of glass as a medium.

The exhibition Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters will focus on the works of six artists who were trailblazers in contemporary sculpture. Born in Bohemia in the first decades of the last century, they were the first to study and use glass to create sculptures, stained-glass windows, architectural structures, installations, and site-specific works. They also pointed many younger generations towards this medium through an intense educational activity in professional schools and art academies.

Stanislav Libensky e Jaroslava Brychtova, Head, 1957-58, courtesy UPM, Praha

Miluše Roubíčková, Head, unique piece, blown glass, courtesy Artist's heirs, ph G Urbanek

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 features 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.

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Opening hours: every day (Wednesday excluded) from 10am until 7pm. Free admission. 

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana