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53rd International Art Exhibition

Making Worlds

from 7th June to 22nd November 2009

Padiglione Venezia

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“…fa come natura face in foco”
Glass artists at the Padiglione Venezia
Giardini della Biennale June 7 – November 22 2009
 
During the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia, from June 7 through November 22, the Padiglione Venezia (at the Giardini) will host the exhibition fa come natura face in foco dedicated to contemporary artists working in glass, with the support of the Regione del Veneto and curated by Ferruccio Franzoia.
 
In this way, the Regione del Veneto intends to underline the importance of Murano glass as a means of artistic expression, renowned throughout the world, and its return to the Padiglione Venezia, from which it had been absent since 1972, its historic home built in 1932 with the purpose of representing the decorative arts of the region at the Biennale.
 
For forty years, the Padiglione Venezia provided the most qualified showcase for the research and experimentation of the major glass artists. The exhibition …fa come natura face in foco intends to take up where this great tradition left off, highlighting a capacity for renovation that is far from dying out. Their initiation into a world of ancient skills continues to shape the work of many authors from Italy and abroad, and their experimentation is what the display at the Padiglione Venezia intends to document.
 
The exhibition unwinds through the portico of the Padiglione Venezia with the works of nine of the most interesting artists on the international glass scene: Cristiano Bianchin, Alessandro and Laura Diaz de Santillana, Yoichi Ohira, Ritsue Mishima, Maria Grazia Rosin, Lino Tagliapietra. At the center, a tribute to Toni Zuccheri, recently passed away. In the outdoor garden, a large installation by artist Dale Chihuly, made especially for the Biennale.
 
The Hall of memory is a tribute to the past, and is dedicated to thirty historic pieces made in the furnaces of Murano between the Twenties and the Sixties, borrowed from important private collections and never exhibited before. On display are the blown glass pieces by Vittorio Zecchin designed for Cappellin Venini & C. in the early Twenties, then the best of Venini with a group of vases designed by Carlo Scarpa in the late Thirties. There are masterpieces in “pulegoso” glass by Napoleone Martinuzzi and a vase by Ercole Barovier in “primavera” glass. The postwar period is represented by historic works by Flavio Poli, Archimede Seguso, Vinicio Vianello and Dino Martens.

A curtain stretched across half the room demarcates and evokes the Murano of the past, to be preserved in memory, distinct from the latest works by the new protagonists of glass art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the catalog published by Marsilio and edited by Marco Arosio.