28 August - 25 November 2012
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Produced and organised by
Adriano Berengo, Börge Kamras con l'assistenza diFrancesca Giubilei
Embassy of Sweden
Provincia di Venezia
Città di Venezia
Bertil Vallien is the most famous artist and designer of Swedish glass at an international level. He has received numerous awards and his works are displayed in museums all over the world.
It presented about 60 works in glass made by Vallien over the course of his career at the Swedish studios of Kosta Boda, production partner for all his work and main sponsor of the exhibition alongside Berengo Studio.
The exhibition was divided into nine sections aimed at highlighting the contribution of this artist to the Studio Glass movement, which in 2012 celebrated its 50th anniversary. The exhibition was intended to emphasise the close relation between the design aspects of his work and the realisation of his ideas, which become glass works that closely relate to and communicate with the environment in which they are set, showing off the artist’s particula rinterest in man’s relationship with his environment, with history, the sacred and time; in short, with the signs of contemporary society, precisely as suggested by the director of the Architecture Biennale, David Chipperfield, in his exhibition design.Thework of this artist, firmly rooted in the sculptural and glass tradition interms of techniques and materials, and at the same time reaching toward thecontemporary in the themes considered, becomes a single and critical point ofview on the existential representation of contemporary man.
On the occasion of this his first solo exhibition in Italy, Bertil Vallien,inventor of a unique technique of working moulded glass, also produced someworks at the Berengo Studio of Murano glassworks, thus taking the opportunity to try applying the manual skills, techniques and colours of Murano glass traditions.This unique occasion for the island of Murano was an opportunity for dialogue and exchange between the two important glass centres and traditions of Venice and of Sweden.
(Go to the page of the artist)