Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931

From: 08-09-2013 To: 01-12-2013
Fondazione Cini

  • LOCATION: Fondazione Cini

In Venice the second exhibition dedicated to the history of the Venini glassware at Cini Foundation

The exhibition Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931, curated by Marino Barovier, will open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice on September 8th, 2013. It is the second exhibition dedicated to the history of the Venini glassware company promoted by Le Stanze del Vetro, a long-term cultural initiative launched by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, devoted to the study and the promotion of the art of glassmaking in the twentieth century. During the period of his collaboration with Paolo Venini, Martinuzzi designed beautiful objects whose shapes are inspired by classical design, but through the use of innovative techniques and of glass paste. There are about 200 works on display, covering the most significant glass production of the ingenious sculptor from Murano. The exhibition reconstructs Martinuzzi's whole production chronologically: from transparent elegant blown glass to works with an unprecedented opaque texture, from the experiments with pulegoso glass (a semi-opaque or translucent glass with a rough surface due to tiny bubbles formed by using special ingredients) to pieces with deep, dense colors. The exhibition also explores the relationship between Martinuzzi and the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio who commissioned the Murano artist to make not only sculptures but also works in glass. To illustrate their special bond and the artistic vision shared by these two personalities, the exhibition includes a reconstruction of one of the rooms in the Vittoriale by stage designer Pierluigi Pizzi, with some of the most significant works that Martinuzzi designed for the poet. From 10 am to 7 pm closed on Wednesdays Free Entry  


Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931
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Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931