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Glass in Venice Prize 2016 Edition

Fifth edition to Bruno Amadi and Silvia Levenson
Premio Glass In Venice

26 september 2016,Palazzo Franchetti
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti

The prize giving ceremony for the Glass in Venice Prize and the Riedel Award 2016 will take place at the Istituto Veneto on Monday 26 September in thepresence of:
GherardoOrtalli, president of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
GabriellaBelli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
GeorgJ. Riedel, president of Riedel Crystal
RosaBarovier, glass historian
and theprize winning artists.

The judging committee for the Glass in Venice prizehas proclaimed the winners of the 2016 awards as among those who best expressthe art of glass: the Venetian master Bruno Amadi and the Argentinian artist Silvia Levenson.
The prize for the close link to the traditions and production techniques typical of Murano has been awarded to Bruno Amadi for his extraordinary skill in lamp working, shaping the glass with exceptional delicacy. Amadi reproduces organisms from the animal and vegetable world highlighting the originality and beauty of their forms and their charming colouring. Silvia Levenson has been artistically expressing the potential ofglass for some time, and is distinguished by her commitment to the production of highly evocative works. Self-taught, she is able to independently bend the glass techniques to expressive values developed personally over the course ofher life and her experience as an artist. Her works are on show in the maincontemporary art glass museums.

Works of award-winning artists were exhibited inthe atrium of Palazzo Loredan.
26 september - 24 october 2015
From Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Free Entrance

The members of the Commission are Rosa Barovier, glass historian; GabriellaBelli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; Sandro Franchini,chancellor emeritus of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti; SandroPezzoli, collector; Chiara Squarcina, director of the Museo del Vetro, Murano.

Bruno Amadi has been shaping wonderful natural forms by lamp with extraordinary skill for forty-two years in his shop in Calle dei Saoneri, San Polo. Starfish, anchovies, whitebait, lizards, frogs, butterflies, mushrooms, beans, peas, holly, snails, very light spiders, dragonflies and ants are all brought to lifefrom the coloured glass canes. Born in Burano, Amadi moved with his family when a child to Murano,where his father worked at a glassworks. He and his five brothers learnt to‘handle glass’ from their father, but only he continued, expressing a real passion for this art. Starting at a glassworks at the age of eleven, he worked for Salviati, Mazzega and Barbini, and also attended Anzolo Fuga’s design courses at the Abate Zanetti glassmakers school.His inspiration is drawn from careful observation of nature, assisted by photographs and drawings, which he combines with technical expertise, the careful composition of colours and a passion that, he emphasises, continues to stimulate his work.He has had numerous exhibitions in Venice, at the Museo Correr, at Palazzo Grassi and at the Doge’s Palace, and others at the Palazzo Pitti and the oceanographic museum in Monaco. Among the many reviews and articles, Amadi cites with satisfaction the work done on him by the great film director Takeshi Kitano for the public NHK network, which has made him famous in Japan.
(Web page on Meet the Artist)

Silvia Levenson was born inArgentina in 1957. Lives and works in Italy since 1980.
" Revealing ", making visible what is normally hidden or people cannot see is an integral part of her work, and she uses glass to embody thismetaphor.
Through her artwork   she explores  the relationships in families and in societywith a critical and ironic eye .  From1994 to date  she has deal with  several issues such  migration , tensions in daily life , violenceagainst women and recently the crimes of the dictatorship in Argentina like inthe show “ Identidad Desaparecida” at Museo del Vetro di Murano.
In 2004 she received the  RakowCommission Award from Corning Museum of Glass, and her pieces are in severalpublic and private collections such as  Castello Sforzesco, Milano, FondazioneRemotti, Camogli , Fondazione Banca San Gottardo, Museo del Vetro di Altare,Fine Art Museum of Houston,  New MexicoMuseum of Art, Santa Fè , Toledo Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass,Corning  , David Owsley Museum of Art.Muncie. Indianapolis, Coleccion Casa de las Americas, Cuba,  Musée Atelier du Verre de Sars Poteries,Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, e Museo de Bellas Artes, La Plata, Argentina.
(Web page on Meet the Artist)

In collaboration with
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti