Carlo Scarpa. Glass and Drawings. 1925-1931

Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

The exhibition highlighted the importance of the M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks between the 1920s and 1930s, thanks also to the contribution made by the young Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

The exhibition traced the overall history of the glassworks, but focused in particular on the period 1925-1931, when the young Carlo Scarpa joined the firm and started there his long and revolutionary glass design career. The glassworks was described as the best over the years of its activity, on a par with V.S.M. Venini & C., with which it ideally contended, achieving a production of exceptional quality, both in the glass techniques used (from transparent glass to the extraordinary opaque glass) and the design of the objects, distinguished by an elegant modernity.

Scarpa collaborated with the glassworks until it closed down for bankruptcy at the beginning of 1932, due in part to the unfavourable economic situation following the American crash of 1929.

The exhibition illustrated the richness of the Scarpa glass production, thanks to constant research into the glass material and form, resulting in works of exceptional quality, often with quite novel results.


Previously on view at:

The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931
10 September 2018 – 6 January 2019
View the catalogue