1912-1930 Murano Glass and the Venice Biennale

Curated by Marino Barovier

The new exhibition is dedicated to the presence of Murano glass at this prestigious Venetian event, examining the period from 1912 to 1930.

The new exhibition 1912-1930 Murano Glass and the Venice Biennale, curated by Marino Barovier, will be open until 24 November 2024.

The exhibition is dedicated to the presence of Murano glass at the prestigious Venetian event, examining the period from 1912 to 1930 (from the 10th to the 17th edition of the Biennale) through a carefully chosen selection of 135 works, many of which very rare, from prestigious museums and private collections.

During this period, Murano glass gradually made its way into the Biennale spaces; first, through the artists choosing to use this extraordinary material for their works, then thanks to the opening of the Applied Arts event which was held in various rooms, together with the so-called Fine Arts, in the Palazzo dell’Esposizione until 1930. It was not until 1932, following the construction of a new pavilion, that glass and the applied arts had their own dedicated venue in the Giardini.

1912-1930 Murano Glass and the Venice Biennale is accompanied by a catalogue curated by Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, the result of careful bibliographic research and an in-depth documentary investigation in the Biennale Historical Archive.

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Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese