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1968; Felt, glass aluminum bars and stainless steel ball bearings
72 X 72 in. (182.88 X 182.88 cm )
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[Photograph:] Douglas M Parker Studio

HOT SPOT VENICE 2013

Long hot summer of glass in Venice

Posted 6 May 2013

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FRAGILE?
Fondazione Giorgio Cini - Le Stanze del Vetro

Until 28/7

The exposition Fragile? will remain opened to the public until July 28 on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice is curated by Mario Codognato. The exhibition features approximately 30 works by international artists, the most interesting of our time who have also used the glass as a medium of their poetic - by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys, up to Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, John Anselmo and Jannis Kounellis only to name a few.
The exhibition Fragile? takes into account an appearance of the glass: the use of glass in the visual arts of the last century and that has just begun. It addresses in particular the use unconventional of glass as a found object, such as the particular quality material and metaphorical language. As reflection here comes into play the symbolic potential of transparency, fragility and strength that this material can evoke, instead of the more usually precision or originality of the design of the building. In order to understand this new vision and this approach, the words of the curator can be taken as example: "The glass, thanks to its use more and more important in architecture, with its dual role as a transparent element and barrier properties, constitutes a new linguistic tool in the construction of images" Mario Codognato said.

From September onward the exposition will be shown at Napoleone Martinuzzi.
Le Stanze del Vetro, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice,
+39 041 2710229, info@lestanzedelvetro.it, www.cini.it
Opening hour: Mon - Sun | 10am – 7pm
Closing day: Wed

LE STANZE DEL VETRO is a long term joint initiative between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung devoted to studying the art of glassmaking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The project will mark the opening of a new permanent exhibition space designed to host a series of solo and group shows featuring international artists, both contemporary and historical, who have used glass during their careers as an orginal means of expression and medium for researching their own personal aesthetics. The aim is to illustrate the numerous potential uses of the medium and put glass back at the centre of attention and discussion on the international art scene.
The venue of LE STANZE DEL VETRO is the West wing of the ex-Convitto (a former boarding school) on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. With 650 square metres of exhibition space, the exhibition centre will not only host exhibitions but also conferences, workshops and other events dedicated to glass. The restoration has been carried out by Annabelle Selldorf in collaboration with Fabrizio Cattaruzza and Francesco Millosevich.

As part of LE STANZE DEL VETRO the Fondazione Cini has set up a special Study Centre in its Institute of Art History to promote the gradual establishment of a general archive of Venetian glass; the creation of a specialised library; the organisation of seminars, conferences and workshops for scholars and artists interested in the history, technology and development of the art of glassmaking; and the institution of scholarships specifically addressed to researchers interested in the topic.
Through this project, glass, which has recently reappeared in the Padiglione Venezia of the Venice Biennale after a long absence, that goes back to 1972, will again acquire it own, exclusive space in Venice. Thanks to LE STANZE DEL VETRO project, research about the cultural and historical role of glass will be accompanied by a renewed effort to understand how production and technology have radically changed over the last century, and how the artists whose work will be shown were instrumental in such experimentation.
In order to sustain the effort of reappraising the importance of glass in the history of art and Venice, each exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, edited by among the most important scholars in the field, and published by Skira. These publications will over time become a fundamental tool in the history of glass.

The activities organized within LE STANZE DEL VETRO project are coordinated by a Scientific Committee made of Giuseppe Pavanello (chairman), Marino Barovier, Rosa Barovier Mentasti, David Landau, Laura de Santillana and Nico Stringa.
Le Stanze del Vetro ?Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 1?30124 Venice – ITALY
www.lestanzedelvetro.it


Photo: Mona Hatoum
Drowing Sorrow (wine bottles), 2004; Vetro / Glass
15 x 200 cm
Collezione Pier Luigi e Natalina Remotti

Photo: David Hammons
Flies In A Jar, 1994; Glass Jar With Zippers And Plants, cm 25,4 × 15,2 × 15,2
Photo: © David Hammons
François Pinault Foundation

Cyril de Commarque Migrants, 2013; Glass, sound system, latex
154 x 100 x 50 cm
[Courtesy:] Cyril de Commarque, 2013


A VERY LIGHT ART

18/5-29/9

Ca'Rezzonico Museum
The Art as decor is the concept at the centre of one of the exhibition 18/5 tot 29/9 hosted at Ca' Rezzonico Museum. The unique aspect of all the works selected – lighting structures and mobiles – is their emphasis on craftsmanship and technical finesse. Almost all of them in fact are the products of high Italian artistry. The pivot inspiring the exhibition is the historic Ciocca or Rezzonico chandelier, designed by Giuseppe Briati, and realised in Murano, during the second half of the eighteenth century. The exhibition don't stops here but continues throughout Venice with a guide, published for the occasion, mapping the magnificent chandeliers dotting the entire city of Venice.
Open:?Saturday, 01 June 2013
Close:?Sunday, 24 November 2013
Ca' Rezzonico, Dorsoduro 3136, Venice
39 041 2410100
info@fmcvenezia.it
carezzonico.visitmuve.it
Opening hour: Mon - Sun | 10am - 5pm
Closing day: Tue


SEGUSO. VETRI D"ARTE: 1932/1973

18/5-29/9
Museo del Vetro - Murano
Through this exhibition Belgian scholar Marc Heiremans makes us discovering a 'dynasty' specialising in working glass that made a vital contribution to the development of this art during the 20th century.
Pieces of art, history and style of an artist – Seguso – whom has exhibited at the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale and many other important international fairs and events. Hosted at this Museo del Vetro, Murano this exhibition lets you discovering how Murano is famous world wide thanks its artistics glass art.

Open: Saturday, 18 May 2013
Close: Sunday, 29 September 2013
Museo del Vetro, Fondamenta Giustinian 8, Murano
+39 041 739586
museo.vetro@fmcvenezia.it
Opening hour: Mon - Sun | 10am - 6pm


ANNA SKIBSKA. METAMORPHOSES OF FORMS

1/6-1/12


Museo del Vetro
The Museo del Vetro will present Metamorphoses of Forms an exhibition featuring the works by Polish artist Anna Skibska.
Anna Skibska uses glassmaking techniques in a masterly fashion likes to reveal the metamorphoses of forms. Using a small acetylene torch, she 'stretches' glass rods, creating slender and transparent threads, that are then folded and joined to create ethereal, perfectly balanced sculptures. Embroidering the 'incorporeal' mass of the glass with the same ability as a sculptor Anna Skibska manages to create imperceptible compositions of glass, "geometric spiders' webs" on which light plays, crystallising like frost on a winter's morning, revealing the Euclidean nature of the frozen water crystals. A play between the visible and invisible that leads to the essenceabsence of gravity and the lightness of her compositions.
Curated by Anna Skibska, Chiara Squarcina
Open: Saturday, 01 June 2013
Close: Sunday, 01 December 2013

Museo del Vetro, Fondamenta Giustinian 8, Murano
39 041 739586
museo.vetro@fmcvenezia.it
Museo del Vetro
Opening hour:?Mon - Sun | 10am - 6pm


GLASSTRESS 2013

1/6-24/11

Berenego Studio and Venice Projects will present Glasstress 2013 with the exposition White Light/With heat in context of the 55th Venice Biennale.
Glasstress 2013 White Light / White Heat will have two spectacular venues, the historic Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, home of the prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti on the Grand Canal in Venice and the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, housed in a glass furnace from the 1800s on the island of Murano where glass art was born. The event will include over fifty internationally known artists, designers and fashion designers selected and curated by James Putnam, an independent art critic and curator who works from London. Glasstress 2013 White Light / White Heat is organized in collaboration with the London College of Fashion. The artists include Tracey Emin, Miroslaw Balka, Mona Hatoum, Lucy Orta, Joanne Vasconcelos, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Eli Saab, Cornelia Parker, Loris Cecchini, and Cai Guo Quiang and other acclaimed artists whose work reflects the beauty and challenge of working with glass and who have produced works of extraordinary beauty and expressive force. In 2012, Berengo Studio and Venice Projects had the privilege of presenting the Swedish glass artist Bertil Vallien in 9 Rooms, a collateral event in the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture.?In 2011-2012, Glasstress was also shown in the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, the Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm, the MAD-Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the Beirut Exhibition Center. In 2013, Berengo Studio and Venice Projects will collaborate with and present Glasstress in the Wallace Collection in London and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow.?In 2013, Berengo Studio and Venice Projects will also participate in FRAGILE. Murano, chefs-d’œuvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXI siècle at Musée Maillol in Paris, an exciting historic exhibition which explores glass from the 15th century to the present. We hope you will join us. Follow Glasstress on: www.glasstress.org

Venice Projects, Dorsoduro 868, 30123 Venice, Italy
+ 39 041 2413189
info@veniceprojects.com
www.veniceprojects.com
Berengo Studio
Fondamenta Vetrai 109/a
I-30141 Murano, Venice
Italy
+39 041 739453
www.berengo.com

Mona Hatoum
Drowing Sorrow (wine bottles), 2004; Vetro / Glass
15 x 200 cm
Collezione Pier Luigi e Natalina Remotti

David Hammons
Flies In A Jar, 1994; Glass Jar With Zippers And Plants, cm 25,4 × 15,2 × 15,2
Photo: © David Hammons
François Pinault Foundation

Cyril de Commarque: Migrants, 2013; Glass, sound system, latex
154 x 100 x 50 cm
Courtesy: Cyril de Commarque, 2013

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