Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Venice: Fondazione Querini Stampalia – A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva – Exhibition

Fondazione Querini Stampalia
A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva
Part Two

The glass exhibition, A Furnace in Marseille. Cirva is on show in two separate venues, here at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, until June 24 and at the Stanze Del Vetro, until July 29, both are curated by director of the Cirva of Marseilles, Isabelle Reiher and Chiara Bertola, curator of Contemporary Art at the Querini Stampalia. The project was conceived by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, and concentrates on a selection of 17 artists and designers, among those who have been in residence at the Cirva in the last thirty years, in an attempt to highlight the salient moments of creation.  The artists selected have only occasionally come into contact with the glass world throughout their careers. For this reason, the results shown are original and surprising, extraordinary yet unpredictable. The meeting between the two seemingly distant realities, in this case Contemporary Art and glass, allows us to imagine and build a third one: a world in which glass is no longer simply a symbol of tradition, but a depiction of a new landscape and visionary nature.

 Chiara Bertola and Isabelle Reiher
James Lee Byars - Le Petit Ange Rouge - 1991-1993
solid hot-worked glass, polished
James Lee Byars

Giuseppe Caccavale - Armenia. Istituto di Traduzione - 2018
blown glass, text painted in enamel by the artist

In the contemporary spaces of the third floor, the work of eight artists are presented to show how glass is the translation of a thought, a passage from one state to another and a realization of a form, which stem from an idea: Dove Allouche, James Lee Byars, Giuseppe Caccavale, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Philippe Parreno, Remo Salvadori, Jana Sterbak and Francisco Tropa. In order to give expression to the glass in as vivid as possible a manner, consonant with the space, Giuseppe Caccavale and Remo Salvadori have been invited to produce two new works at Cirva, for the occasion of the exhibition.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson - Sans Titre - 2002
blown glass - mirror-polished - stainless steel

Remo Salvadori, Giuseppe Caccavale, Chiara Bertola, Isabelle Reiher Jana Sterbak

Francisco Tropa - Le Firmament - 2017
blown glass – copper -  brass – wood – rope

Designed as a research laboratory, the Cirva - Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les artes plastiques was established in Marseille in 1986 as a non-for-profit state entity to host international artists, designers and architects wishing to introduce glass to their creative process. These artists, who are often confronted with a difficult to master material for the first time, develop their designs assisted by the Cirva technical team. 

  Remo Salvadori - Gravità 0° - 2017-2018
solid glass worked hot with blowpipe - molten glass
 Sally Benjamin and Remo Salvatori

Jana Sterbak - Containers for Olfactive Portraits - 2004
solid glass - hot-worked with blowpipe
Jana Sterbak

Philippe Parreno – Lampe de Bureau – 1997
cold sealed blown glass – bulb – electric cable

Dove Allouche – Mycote – 2015-2016
8 pieces – blown glass – photographic print – painted wood

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