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Tapio Wirkkala
Toni Zuccheri
at Venini

Twin Exhibitions
at LE STANZE DEL VETRO

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

“Tapio Wirkkala 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 mainly in the second half of 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.

Tapio Wirkkala for Venini, Plate and Bowls of the Coreani series, c.1966 © TAPIO WIRKKALA, by SIAE 2021

Toni Zuccheri for Venini, Vases of the Scolpiti series, 1967 © TAPIO WIRKKALA, by SIAE 2021

The Glass Ark. Animals in the Pierre Rosenberg Collection

Curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami

The spring exhibition focuses on the extraordinary glass animal collection of Pierre Rosenberg, former Director/President of the Louvre in Paris

The exhibition “The Glass Ark. Animals in the Pierre Rosenberg Collection”, curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami, retraces – in an original and fascinating way – the history of 20th-century Murano glass from an unusual angle: the glass animal.

Admission is free of charge. As of 6 August 2021, in compliance with national regulations, to enter LE STANZE DEL VETRO visitors must show a valid Covid-19 certificate.

It is also possible to visit it online with the new 3D virtual tour and examine in detail, room after room, the extraordinary works on display thanks to the many insights, photographic and video contributions about the production of glass animals in Venice.

The over 750 works of art – representing, among others, elephants, hippos, cats, giraffes, bears, parrots, fish, turtles, foxes and tiny, lamp-worked life-sized insects –  belong to the personal collection that Pierre Rosenberg, art historian and former Director/President of the Louvre in Paris, put together over thirty years.

Some of the most famous series are on show, such as the pulegosi [bubble glass] pieces by Napoleone Martinuzzi, the birds by Tyra Lundgren and by Toni Zuccheri for the Venini glassworks. Alongside the Zebrati [zebra-striped] series by Barovier & Toso, the aquariums by Alfredo Barbini and the well-known examples by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, the exhibition also features a vast sample of animals made by lesser-known but equally interesting glassworks from the point of view of the technical and design experimentation of 20th-century Murano glass production. The exhibition also showcases works by living artists such as Cristiano Bianchin, Isabelle Poilprez, Maria Grazia Rosin and Giorgio Vigna that demonstrate the inexhaustible source of inspiration that the glass animal has to offer.

The exhibition set-up is curated by Denise Carnini and Francesca Pedrotti, two stage designers who engaged in setting up a glass zoo. The exhibition also includes an animated video by Giulia Savorani, visual artist and director who, starting from drawings on glass, has created a fairytale cartoon, based on an idea by Giordana Naccari for this occasion.

Due to the limited capacity of our exhibition space, in order to maintain social distancing and avoid queuing, we suggest that you book the day and time of your visit here. Please note that as of 6 August 2021, in compliance with national regulations, to enter LE STANZE DEL VETRO visitors must show a valid Covid-19 certificate.

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Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

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.

 

More information or booking here

 

“VENICE AND AMERICAN STUDIO GLASS” VIRTUAL TOUR – PART 1

 

“VENICE AND AMERICAN STUDIO GLASS” VIRTUAL TOUR – PART 2 (Carnelutti Hall)

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