Venini: Light 1921-1985

International study conference

The Glass Study Centre is organising an international conference dedicated to the ongoing exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, on Tuesday 29 November at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.

The International conference Venini: Light 1921-1985 is scheduled on Tuesday 29 November 2022 at 9.30am (CET) at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.

The conference will focus on the theme of lighting at the Murano company. Since the first post-war period the glassworks made a key contribution to the growth and development of this specific sector, both nationally and internationally, definitively freeing lighting technology from its original, merely decorative conception.

The symposium will kick off with an opening address by the director of the Institute of Art History of the Cini Foundation, Luca Massimo Barbero, to be followed by an introduction to the conference by Marino Barovier, curator of the exhibition Venini: Light 1921-1985.

Carla Sonego will then open the symposium with the paper Venini, Architects, and Light, which will be followed by an interesting discussion about the Venetian chandelier by Rosa Barovier Mentasti, The Venetian Chandelier: An Illustrious Stranger. Valerio Terraroli will bring the morning session to a close with the contribution Lights and Lighting as Symbolic Forms of Representation and Setting.

The afternoon session will begin with Massimo Martignoni, who will compare the two design poles of Murano and Milan with Itineraries of Glass and Light between Venice and Milan: 1950-2000, while Stefano Andrea Poli will focus on Lighting at the Trienniale. Simona Larghi will complete the series of talks with a specific in-depth discussion about two important companies in the sector that have given a significant boost to the lighting industry, Comparing Murano Glassworks: Lighting by Venini and Seguso Vetri d’Arte.

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese