Working with Glass

Posted 07 September 12


Two new exhibitions recently opened in Venice, in occasion of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, both having as leading element GLASS.

1) At Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti), the master of Swedish Glass Art, Bertil Vallien, presents for the first time in Italy a retrospective exhibition including more than sixty of his best works. It’s a must see exhibition, incredible how glass can be worked to become a dream-like piece of art.

Each of the “9 Rooms” has a specific theme and collection of art glass; every piece is sand casted, a method that the artist pioneered and perfected during the years.


Bertil Vallien – 9 Rooms –
Curated by Adriano Berengo, Börge Kamras, with the assistance of Francesca Giubilei
August 28 – November 25, 2012
Open every day from 10am to 6pm

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti - Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
Campo Santo Stefano 2847


2) Consisting of over 300 works, the exhibition, curated by Marino Barovier, reconstructs Carlo Scarpa’s career in the years when the architect was artistic director of the Venini glassworks, from 1932 to 1947. This exhibition is the first public event of Le Stanze del Vetro (Rooms for Glass), a long-term cultural project launched by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in collaboration with Pentagram Stiftung for the purpose of studying and showcasing the art of Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century.

The works are divided into around thirty types that vary according to execution techniques and glass textures (from sommerso to murrine romane, corrosi and a pennellate glass).

The material on show also includes prototypes, one-off items, original drawings and designs, plus period photographs and archive documents. The exhibition explores the significance and importance of Carlo Scarpa’s glass design experience in his overall work. During his Murano period, Scarpa further developed his interests in experimentation and craftsmanship and the show thus provides a great opportunity to compare his work as a glass and furniture designer and his architecture. 


Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932 – 1947
Curated by Marino Barovier
August 29 – November 29, 2012
Open from 10am to 7pm
Closed on Wednesday
Free Entry

Le Stanze del Vetro
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Rooms for Glass will have an exhibit once a year, featuring 20th century glass artists and designers.