Every time I get a chance to visit Venice Biennale I make sure I check out the glass exhibition at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti. It never fails to amaze me how galss masters keep refining the use of glass into new daring shapes, textures and bigger and bigger objects.
Here is the official description of the show and some of the art that impressed me the most this year:
"The exhibition presents contemporary art works made in glass, all with a Gothic theme, by over fifty invited artists from more than twenty countries who have created works with the glass maestros of Murano. These works are juxtaposed with medieval glass artifacts chosen from the permanent collection of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, one of the oldest and most celebrated museums in the world. Glasstress Gotika explores how medieval ideas have imperceptibly crept into the modern consciousness despite all the technological advances of today’s society and how the Gothic concept informs contemporary art." ( cotation from www.labiennale.org)
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, San Marco, 2847 (Campo Santo Stefano); Fondazione Berengo, Campiello della Pescheria, 15, MuranoMay 9th — November 22nd
Organization: The State Hermitage Museumwww.hermitagemuseum.org