Venice and American Studio Glass

Curated by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus





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, former curators of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, 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.

‘Venice and American Studio Glass’ demonstrates the powerful, enduring and versatile legacy of Venetian glassmaking in America by exploring the impact of Venice on contemporary American art in glass.

LE STANZE DEL VETRO is both a cultural project and an exhibition space on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and it is dedicated to the study and the exhibition of modern and contemporary forms of the glass art.

Two exhibitions are staged each year: one in the spring, dedicated to the use of glass in 20th and 21st century Art and Design, and the second in the autumn, dedicated to the talented people who designed objects for the Venini glassware company in the 20th century.

Free entrance to LE STANZE DEL VETRO and guided tours, educational workshops and special events for families are scheduled for each exhibition.


List of artists:

Tina Aufiero, Philip Baldwin, Monica Guggisberg, Alfredo Barbini, Fulvio Bianconi, Martin Blank, Sonja Blomdahl, Nancy Callan, James Carpenter, Dale Chihuly, Deborah Czeresko, Dan Dailey, Laura Donefer, Jeff Mack, Fritz Dreisbach, Claire Falkenstein, Katherine Gray, William Gudenrath, Kim Harty, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Beth Lipman, Marvin Lipofsky, Harvey K. Littleton, Flora C. Mace, Joey Kirkpatrick, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Josiah McElheny, James Mongrain, Benjamin P. Moore, William Morris, Andy Paiko, Marc Petrovic, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Kait Rhoads, Alexander Rosenberg, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Charles Savoie, Italo Scanga, Carlo Scarpa, David Schnuckel, Michael Schunke, Archimede Seguso, Pino Signoretto, Preston Singletary, Raven Skyriver, Thomas Stearns, Ethan Stern, Boyd Sugiki, Lino Tagliapietra, Mark Tobey, Norwood Viviano, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Robert Willson, Fred Wilson, Mark Zirpel, Toots Zynsky


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Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese