Laure Prouvost 


Curated by Dimitri Ozerkov, Herwig Kempinger, Adriano Berengo
With the consultancy of Clare Phyllis Davies
Palazzo Franchetti | San Marco 2847, Venice
Berengo Exhibition Space | Campiello della Pescheria, Murano: The Unplayed Notes Factory, a solo exhibition by Loris Gréaud, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, a special project of GLASSTRESS 2017
Returning to Venice for the 57th Venice Biennale, GLASSTRESS brings together 40 leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, the Middle East and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass. Conceived by Fondazione Berengo, the project will take place in two exceptional historic locations: Palazzo Franchetti in Venice and a converted furnace in Murano. 

Posted 29 April 2017

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New Artists
Ai Weiwei (China), Charles Avery (UK), Dike Blair (USA), Graham Fagen (UK), Gaia Fugazza (Italy), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Loris Gréaud (France), Xenia Hausner (Austria), Siggi Hofer (Italy), Cameron Jamie (USA), Halim Al-Karim (Iraq), Brigitte Kowanz (Austria), Dr Lakra (Mexico), Karen LaMonte (USA), Paul McCarthy (USA), Haroon Mirza (UK), Laure Prouvost (France), Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Random International (UK), Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland), Markus Schinwald (Austria), Sarah Sze (USA), Sabine Wiedenhofer (Austria), Dustin Yellin (USA)
Returning artists
Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Jake & Dinos Chapman (UK), Tony Cragg (UK), Erin Dickson (UK), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Josepha Gasch-Muche (Germany), Francesco Gennari (Italy), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Alicja Kwade (Poland), Vik Muniz (Brazil), Tony Oursler (USA), Jaume Plensa (Spain), Thomas Schütte (Germany), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium), Erwin Wurm (Austria) 

Since its debut as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale in 2009, GLASSTRESS has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing groundbreaking new works in glass.

The 2017 edition of GLASSTRESS presents an impressive line-up of artists including Ai Weiwei, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jan Fabre, Abdulnasser Gharem, Alicja Kwade, Tony Oursler, Laure Prouvost, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte and Sarah Sze. With little or no prior experience working with glass, these artists have embraced the challenge of creating extraordinary works in this very delicate medium in collaboration with Muranese artisans. The remarkable output of this unusual encounter defies the stereotypes associated with this ancient craft, ultimately pushing the boundaries of both contemporary art and glass. 

Adriano Berengo & Ai Weiwei

Karen LaMonte

“  Ai Weiwei who has experimented with Murano glass for the first time says: “I_ _think what Berengo did is exceptionally brilliant. The idea, the concept is so strong. He believes in contemporary expression, but at the same time tries to develop this old technique into a new language. I’m_ _a contemporary artist, but I am always learning and working with tradition.” _

Thomas Schütte

Major highlights from the 5th edition of GLASSTRESS exhibited at Palazzo Franchetti include Gartenzwerge, an installation of colourful and geometric sculptures reminiscent of garden gnomes produced by German artist Thomas Schütte. Scottish artist Charles Avery transposes his signature fictional island to the Venetian lagoon, with an installation depicting the long journey of eels from his hometown, Oban, to Venice. The artist has been inspired by the act of glassmaking as a way to discover an objective truth through physical movement, strength and timing. Brigitte Kowanz and Erwin Wurm, both representing the Austrian Pavilion this year, also experiment with glass and conceive striking installations at the 19th Century palace.
American artist Sarah Sze has collaborated with glass masters to create a site-specific installation composed of shards, Cotissi, informed by her experience of working in the furnace. Her intervention traces the confines of the Palazzo Franchetti with a delicate, but strong line of shards of glass circling the architecture and echoing the shades of blue and green of the Laguna. 

Iraqi artist Halim Al-Karim recounts his exile in the desert during the first Gulf War with a mirror in engraved Murano glass, combining his poetry with traditional Venetian art. Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri presents seven sculptures of oil drill heads made of iridescent glass, Amorphous Solid Ghost, mimicking artefacts. The installation attempts to conjure the premonition that fossil fuels will soon become obsolete as an energy source, and pre-emptively positions oil drilling as an inexplicable human activity from ancient times. Abdulnasser Gharem, Saudi Arabia’s_ _most important conceptual artist, addresses themes of Islamic cultural identity in contemporary society, drawing his inspiration from his previous experience as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi army. His work The Stamp (Moujaz) takes on a satirical view of bureaucracy in the Arab world.

Al Qadiri

Al Karim Halim

Gharem Abdulnasser

Gharem Abdulnasser

Clare Phyllis Davies states that the fragility and translucence of glass combined with malleability of form and nuance of colour makes the medium serve as an ideal foil for effects and currents that would otherwise remain at the threshold of human perception.
In the garden of Palazzo Franchetti, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen presents a spectacular installation exploring recycling and sustainability supported by ECO-oh!
In Murano, where the exhibition continues, Loris Gréaud makes his GLASSTRESS debut with a special project at Berengo Exhibition Space. The French artist will bring an abandoned glass furnace back to life with his immersive and performative solo exhibition The Unplayed Notes Factory curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. The Campiello della Pescheria furnace, shut down for the last 60 years, will host an unofficial glass production line with an almost alchemical ambition to crystallise time. 

Koen Vanmechelen

Erwin Wurm

GLASSTRESS 2017 is curated by Dimitri Ozerkov (Director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), Herwig Kempinger (President of Secession, Association of Visual Artists, Vienna) and Adriano Berengo (President of Fondazione Berengo and founder of
GLASSTRESS, Venice), with the consultancy of Clare Phyllis Davies (Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). The Unplayed Notes Factory by Loris Gréaud is curated independently by Nicolas Bourriaud.
GLASSTRESS was launched in 2009 by Adriano Berengo as an official collateral event of the 53rd Venice Biennale. The project has been then accredited for four consecutive editions and it is today the world’s_ _leading showcase for the collaborative work of contemporary artists and designers with Berengo Studio’s_ _Muranese glass masters.
Organised by Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS exhibitions have been presented in prominent museums and institutions worldwide including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, the London College of Fashion and The Wallace Collection in London, the Art Museum Riga Bourse in Riga, Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, the Beirut Exhibition Center (BEC) in Beirut. 

Erin Dickson 

Graham Fagen 

Cameron Jamie 

Fondazione Berengo was founded by Adriano Berengo in 2014 as a cultural institution consolidating and strengthening his mission of marrying the Muranese glass-making tradition with contemporary art. The Foundation seeks to achieve this goal through educational initiatives and an interdisciplinary programme of exhibitions and special projects in collaboration with internationally acclaimed artists, designers, and architects.
Adriano Berengo was born in Venice in 1947 and lives between Venice and Beirut. He holds a Foreign Languages degree from Ca’ _Foscari University (Venice) and a Master’s_ _degree in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York.
Adriano Berengo is the visionary behind Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS and the glass factory Berengo Studio 1989. Following the footsteps of Egidio Costantini and Peggy Guggenheim who have introduced outstanding artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall to Murano glass, he has been championing the innovative use of glass as a medium in contemporary art for almost 30 years by inviting more than 300 artists in his studio.

Ugo Rondinone

Sarah Sze 

Dustin Yellin 

Vik Muniz 

Loris Gréaud 

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Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2847, Venice

Berengo Exhibition Space
Campiello della Pescheria, Murano

Public Opening 11/5/2017 at Palazzo Franchetti and 13/5/2017 at Berengo Exposition Space

Josepha Gasch-Muche 

Brigitte Kowanz 

Charles Avery 

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