Vases, statues, unique dishes: the glass art of Venini

Vases, statues, unique dishes: the glass art of Venini

Venini: An exhibition of new works by Morandin, at via Palestro. Morandin shop is honored to have a special exhibition dedicated to Venini, from 1920.

At the showroom in Via Palestro, in Treviso, you will find unique pieces from the famous company. Vases, statues, dishes designed by artists from all over the world trace an original itinerary of the evolution of the art of glass in aesthetic experiments that the Ministry of Cultural Heritage promoted to «National heritage» last year.

The pieces exposed are unique prototypes, most of them never reproduced in series, made by Venini’s master glassmakers in Venice, under the supervision of the designers who created them. You can admire the blown gold leaf vase by Tommaso Buzzi, dating back to 1930, the original «handkerchief» with lace decorations by Fulvio Bianconi, from 1950, up to the installation of glass bells by the Campana brothers in 2005, for the first time exhibited in Europe.

There will be fifty special objects, exceptionally available for sale, that testify a strong inspiration from nature, such as birds and fishes by Toni Zuccheri, that recall the fauna of Venetian lagoon. Gabriele Magro, for his «Nudity», has created Adam and Eve in glass paste, hand-modeled with gold threads. The space is full of colors and shapes in transparency, sometimes enriched with gold, copper and metals, designed among the others by Ettore Sotsas and Alessandro Mendini.

Venini’s creations are still made in the ancient kilns in Murano, where 7 masters and 104 artisans produce 44,000 pieces each year, including the glasses for all the Italian embassies in the world. “Since 2001, when the company was bought by two Italian entrepreneurs – Antonio Mandruzzato, Venini commercial director, explains – we have started to give value to the historical heritage. Now, for the first time, it comes out of the archive and becomes visible to the public”. A public that literally stormed the store in via Palestro last Saturday. “We have been trying to promote the culture of art since 1958” – the owner Stefano Morandin says – “to give visibility to the creative development of home design, over time”.

Venini glass art exhibition can be visited until November the 8th at “Morandin Shop” in via Palestro with shop hours.

From “La Tribuna di Treviso” – Elena Grassi –