19 February - 22 May 2011
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Rosa Barovier e Sandro Pezzoli
This was the first exhibition in Italy dedicated to Lino Tagliapietra, the most well-known Venetian glass artist in the world, who is appreciated for his creativity and the exceptional quality of his works. He creates blown forms of an extraordinary elegance made with decorative techniques developed on the basis of Venetian traditions but with absolutely modern effects.
The exhibition included a selection of one-off pieces from the last decade, among which there were some exclusively presented installations of an astonishing formal and chromatic impact, along with a historical collection reconstructing Tagliapietra’s work since his debut. Rosa Barovier Mentasti noted that ‘In his work it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate the design stage from the technical-experimental stage, in that Tagliapietra thinks in glass, he conceives the aesthetic qualities of the work alongside the methods of its production. At times glass forms and materials arise out of technical experiments, give unexpected results and are long set aside and then reconsidered; at other times the initial design evolves during production.’ Tagliapietra has had a decisive role in the development of Studio Glass, with his exceptional synthesis of technique and art, the creator and maker of all his works. Studio Glass is the movement that saw glass become an expressive medium for artists, founded in the US in the 1960s and closely connected to contemporary art trends. This is a reciprocal exchange: an admirer of native and modern American art, Tagliapietra, who makes his works in Murano and Seattle, says he has found inspiration in the fabrics of native Americans, the paintings of Jackson Pollock and the architecture and design of Frank Lloyd Wright. His works are on show in the most important museums in Europe and overseas, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Murano Glass Museum.
(Go to the page of the artist)