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Massimo Micheluzzi

Massimo Micheluzzi

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Massimo Micheluzzi (1957)  uses traditional techniques to achieve  a uniquely modern aesthetic. He is one of very few contemporary Muranese artists to   successfully employ classic murrina and battuto techniques for a disciplined, sober  vision.

Reserved forms and color palates, mostly mono or dichromatic, backdrop the fluid movement of his surface carving. Indelibly intertwined with life on these watery islands, Micheluzzi's battuto patterns recall the gently curving canals and waterways of Venice, skillfully imparting softness to an otherwise rigid medium. While many Italian glass designers are traditionally beholden to the skills of the master glassblower, Micheluzzi maintains an unusual amount of control over the making processes of his works. Murrina panels that the artist composes and fuses in his studio are relinquished to the glass master for only a small percentage of the total process. Once formed at the furnace, the vessels are returned to Micheluzzi for extensive cold carving. His modern designs and ancient techniques bridge old and new, tradition and innovation.

Massimo Micheluzzi's work stands out among a new generation of Muranese artists benefiting simultaneously from the island's heritage and its future. His works combine brown, aqua, mustard, olive, and terracotta to produce subtle, earthy effects. In works where slightly different shades of the same hue are fused together, the result is especially organic. Eliciting thoughts of interlinking and overlapping scales, the concentric rings of a tree, or orderly clusters of pomegranate seeds, the unique and individual parts of Massimo's murrine form a unified whole in both color and form. The artist, in fact, describes his material as a living, organic substance, recently stating: "Glass is hard, inflexible, and incorruptible by nature, mysterious in its essence - an obstinate material to work. If you mishandle glass or work it without due care and attention, it reveals its hidden fragile nature and can cheat you by self-destructing. But if you truly love glass and you really try to understand its needs, it will reveal its infinite creative possibilities a bit at a time, rendering an extraordinary depth of color and lucid surfaces, which can then be transformed into opacities as you wish. My mission is to elicit more confidence from the material, hoping that slowly it will reveal its secrets to me."

Born in Venice in 1957, Micheluzzi studied art history at Ca' Foscari, the University of Venice. Introduced to the world of glass by the Venini family, in 1993 he began collaborating with Laura de Santillana, granddaughter of Paolo Venini. Within a few years, he was producing works of his own, and in 1998 he had his first exhibition in Milan. Since then, he has exhibited in cities all over the world, including Paris, New York, London, Rotterdam, and Kanazawa, Japan.

Permanent collections
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York   
Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding Coesfeld-Lette, Germany   
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland   
Wheaton Arts – Museum, Millville, N.J.   
Musée Sars Poteries, France   
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH), Houston, Texas   
The Metropolitan Museum, New York   
Museum of Arts and Design, New York   
Fondazione di Venezia, Venezia   
Villa Necchi Museum, Milan   
Palazzetto Bru Zane Fondazione, Venezia