Islands of Glass

Islands of Glass - The Art of Murano Glass, 1920-2005

The exhibit presented wide range of  artistic, utilitarian and decorative items created by the most prominent glass artists of the 20th century and designers of the most prestigious glass factories – Venini, Barovier&Toso, Seguso, Carlo Moretti, etc. The exhibit will display the works of the artists who created practical items, such as Vittorio Zechin, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Carlo Scarpa, fulvio Bianconi, Alfredo Barbini, Ettore Sottsass, etc. Virtuosic glass artists who were the trailblazers of a new sphere of artistic expression in glass, such as Livio Seguzo, Riccardo Licata, Tony Zuccheri, Yoichi Ohira, Luccio Bubacco, etc., as well as artists from diverse fields of art who created in collaboration with local masters in a style totally different from the work identified with Murano  - Federica Marangoni, Luigi Benzoni, Koen Vanmechelen, Maria Grazia Rosin, etc.
Among the works viewed in the exhibition -  vases, bowls, decorative objects, glasses, artistic work that treats glass as  surface for painting (sketches, spots of color, spilling) glass items which look like wood or bamboo, “walking” glass eggs, huge reeds made of multi-colored glass, etc.
Glass art began again in 13th century Venice, where it developed and flourished, reaching its zenith in the Renaissance and the Baroque. For over 200 years, as of the mid-15th century, Europe was captivated by the charms of Venetian glass art, which was considered one of the peaks of creation in the history of the glass industry. Murano, near Venice, was the capital of world glassmaking and since then has been recognized as the Mecca of glass lovers. Throughout history Murano maintained the secrecy and isolation that characterized its glassmaking. Artists from all over the world began to come to Murano to look and learn, gather inspiration and work, while the Murano artists crossed continents in order to disseminate their precious knowledge. The struggle between conservative tradition and the desire for renewal became acute in the 20th century, which was a vibrant and particularly creative period, bringing with it the most interesting developments in local industry.

Curator: Henrietta Eliezer-Brunner
Opens Februarys 28, closes July 30, 2006