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The catalogue presents the works by some of the most interesting international artists of our time who have experimented with industrial and found glass – from Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, to Ai Wewiei, Damien Hirst, Giovanni Anselmo and Jannis Kounellis, to name a few. This exhibition is part of LE STANZE DEL VETRO project, a joint collaboration between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, developed with the aim of promoting the appreciation of and research in glass made in the 20th and 21rst centuries.
In the context of Venetian glassmaking and its peculiar artisan connotation, “Fragile?” aims at taking a different, yet equally important, aspect into account, namely the use of glass as a found object, with specific metaphorical and linguistic features. Instead of precision or originality in design, other aspects will be sought, such a symbolic transparency, fragility and resistance, imprecision and smoothness, along with the construction of elements that draw inspiration from reality and contemporary artistic language.