A festive gallop in the glass: this is it Venice Glass Week scheduled from 4 to 12 September with 250 events scattered between Venice, Murano and Mestre. The enthusiasm can be felt right from the title #VivaVetro! that expresses the timeless energy of this material. Password: do! It is no coincidence that this year the public is offered the opportunity to create an object together with the glass masters: an experience that allows you to discover this art while having fun.
Launched in 2017, the Venice Glass Week supports and promotes the art of glass, at home in the lagoon for over ten centuries. An ambitious project made possible by the support of the Municipality of Venice and the founders of the festival – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts and the Consorzio Promovetro Murano -, to which the merit of having given it forms an intuition, making it a reality every year more effervescent.
The Glass Rooms: 750 animals
The idea is due to David Landau, entrepreneur and collector, with a career as an art historian at the University of Oxford behind him. Sue are also «The glass rooms»To the Giorgio Cini Foundation, where the exhibition is in progress The Glass Ark. The animal collection of Pierre Rosenberg, curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami, much loved by children, exhibits with a memorable cut and staging over 750 animals, which came out of the Murano furnaces during the twentieth century.
This year 180 Italian and foreign realities have been selected by the Scientific Committee led by glass historian Rpart of Barovier Mentasti, which includes among the components Jean Blanchaert, gallerist and careful connoisseur of this art, for which the blown one from Murano “is one of the most beautiful things in the world – as he himself confided at the press conference – revolting against any attempt at computerization”, and for this very reason inimitable.
The international Hub
The fulcrum of the event is palazzo Loredan, site of the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts, in whose atrium, known for the marble parade of illustrious Venetians, the works of Federica Marangoni and Mauro Bonaventura, winners of the ninth edition of the Glass in Venice Prize, are housed. On the ground floor is the HUB Under35, which collects the works of young artists and designers; the first is the fourth edition of the international exhibition The Venice Glass Week HUB, with works by 20 artists from all over the world. Here is also shown Murano’s Secrets, a docu-film produced by the festival and shot in Murano, which allows the viewer to take a journey into the fantastic world of furnaces, in the company of the architect Francesco da Mosto.
There are numerous initiatives aimed at children and adolescents and their families. In addition to workshops, themed treasure hunts and special guided tours, at the Murano Glass Museum, open every day of the event, it is possible to see Murano Glass Toys. Curated by the architect Matteo Silverio, more than an exhibition to “look and not touch” it is a real interactive and multimedia installation where glass lives, moves and invites you to play.
The glass beads
A place of honor belongs to glass beads, at the center of a second youth since, surprisingly, Unesco included them in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Their history is inextricably linked to Marietta Barovier, forefather of female entrepreneurs capable, at the end of the fifteenth century, of obtaining authorization from Doge Agostino Barbarigo to open her own furnace. His invention of the “rosetta pearl” or Chevron, a particular murrina used for more than two centuries as a bargaining chip in the markets of all continents. The final event of the festival, the show, is dedicated to her, and to all women in the world of glass The woman of the fire, curated by the Arte-Mide association (hot link www.arte-mide.com), written and performed by Chiarastella Seravalle, with Rachele Colombo, staged at the Goldoni theater on Sunday 12 September at 6:30 pm.