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Glass miniatures

Artist’s bomboniera

Art exhibition
24 March - 10 June 2012
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Palazzo Loredan

Curated by
Rosa Barovier Mentasti, Sandro Pezzoli e Cristina Tonini
Staging by Silvano Rubino

The exhibition focusing on glass bomboniere from the Pezzoli and Tagliapietra collection opened up new horizons on a little studied sphere of glass history, applied arts and costume. The100-odd works on show could be interpreted, apart from their symbolic meanings, as a fascinating history in miniature of 20th-century and contemporary glass, also through the testimony of some outstanding artists and designers who have tried their hand at this form.The techniques and colours are those of Venetian glass art in small sized works, created especially by the Barovier & Toso glassworks, Seguso Vetri d’Arte and Venini, with the names of Tommaso Buzzi and Carlo Scarpa, in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, through to the more recent creations of Lino Tagliapietra.


The contemporary works of Yoichi Ohiri are also closely related to the Murano world; she is a refined interpreter of that world in the light of her oriental background. American Studio Glass, which began at the start of the 1960s, was represented in the exhibition by one of the most significant pioneers of this movement, Dale Chihuly, influenced by the hot working of Venetian glass with which he renewed his artistic style. A decisive opening towards the contemporary and the more recently founded glassschools of the last 20 years in Canberra and Adelaide was represented by the work of Clare Belfrage, in which the desert and rocky nature of Australian landscapes is reflected, and that of Jane Bruce, an English artist who was art director of the Glass Workshop at Canberra University. Someglass installations made by contemporary artists, including Michele Burato, Silvia Levenson, Silvano Rubino and Susanna Sent, were an integral part of the exhibition. They were conceived for the occasion as a reflection on the world and on the event that revolves around these creations made as mementoes of weddings and births.