Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Venice - San Giorgio Maggiore - Le Stanze del Vetro - Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters - Exhibition and Party Photos

Le Stanze del Vetro  
Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters 
Exhibition and Party Photos

At Le Stanze del Vetro on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore the exhibition - Bohemian Glass: The Great Masters - curated by Caterina Tognon and Sylva Petrova - until November 26 - is organized in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and recounts the emancipation of Bohemian glass from its traditional categorization as applied and decorative art, as well as its use in the creation of influential abstract sculptural works in Bohemia after the Second World War.
Vaclav Cigler - Square with Spiral - 1970s

Curators Caterina Tognon and Sylva Petrova with David Landau

The exhibition features the works of six leading major artists of contemporary glass sculpture, leading figures in the Czech glassmaking scene who lived through turbulent societal upheavals because they had been born in the Czech lands in the 1920s and 1930s. These artists endured the largest-ever military conflict in Europe, followed by a brief respite of freedom and democracy, only to be plunged into totalitarian domination in 1948, which they could finally shed to return to standards of European democracy after 1989. It is remarkable that, despite all the negative effects caused by the absence of freedom and prosperity, they managed to overcome these challenges and grow their art in the broader context of the development of certain artistic disciplines in erstwhile Czechoslovakia. These were artists who initiated and nurtured a relatively “new” mode of glassmaking, “artistic glass” which was not intended for mass production. The works they created were unique, as in the case of traditional artistic disciplines such as sculpting or painting, while drawing on the specific characteristics of glass.

Vaclav Cigler with Michal Motycka - Golden Raft - 2007
Vaclav Cigler - Sphere - Rainbow Egg - 2019

Luca Massimo Barbero, Marie-Rose Kahane, Giorgio Vigna and Giorgio Mastinu

"Glass is the material of light...An exclusive and irreplaceable material... Glass is equally material as it is immaterial, equally real as it is unreal, equally distinct as it is self-transcending, questioning the experience of our senses.  Glass is a material both programmed and with a life of its own."
Vaclav Cigler
Bench - 2001 - Spring - 1992

Marino Barovier and Renata Codello

The exhibition presents the late-1960s designs of visionary installations and architecture and, even more, sophisticated optic crystal artworks of great impact in terms of purity and minimalism of Vaclav Cigler - Vsetiin 1929. 
Vaclav Cigler - Blue Pyramid - 2020

Alessandra and Alessandro Zoppi with Alvise Orsini

Vaclav Cigler - Drawings - Relations - Architecture - 1995-1999

Stefano Baccari and Cristina Beltrami

"Water stopped, to please the human eye.  The substance is crystal clear and has become synonymous with purity."

Rene Roubicek - Prague 1922-2018 - Miluse Roubickova - Prague 1922-2015 - whose work is also on show - are two artists who were a couple in their private life, yet independent in their artistic output. Roubicek’s - above - abstract glass pieces are an expression of vitality and serenity, but at the same time they portray the contemporary creative way with which the artist faced a painful and difficult life during the years of the Communist regime.
Promenade - Pinacotheca Series - 2003

Rosita Missoni and Angela Missoni

Rene Roubicek - Heads - 1977

Photo Enrico Fiorese - Private collection - Venice - Multicolor hand-blown glass
Courtesy Le Stanze del vetro

Rene Roubicek - Little Cosmos - 1960s

Rene Roubicek - Columns -1964-1967 - Untitled - 1990s

Michael Craig-Martin

Maria Grazia Rosin

Gianluigi Calderone and Paolo Diaz de Santillana

"The values of existence largely consists in how fervently we are able to live them.  The value of our human life is dependent on the values within us.  People create their own human world.  It holds that which we put in it."

A characteristic narrative trait of Miluse Roubickova’s production is a representation of the female world that is far ahead of its time: through bouquets of flowers, trays of pastries, balls of coloured wool and jam jars, all rigorously made of glass, she represents all the women and their specific domestic world.
Miluse Roubickova - Blossoms - Blue -1991 - Amber - 1970s 
Yellow and Red Bouquet - 1991

Miluse Roubickova - Banquet -1960-2012

Maurizio Mussati

Paola Marini, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Barbara Foscari

"Glass exists in various forms. Its dominant qualities are transparency, brilliance, radiance.   It is richly extravagant. A hot material, like glowing lava.  But glass can also be seen as mysterious, intimate, as the profound contemplation of a simple shape.  Or these are moments when we suppress the qualities of glass almost entirely and transform it into a force that expands into excessive experience, into expression, into enigmatic explosive spheres..."

The works by Vladimír Kopecky - Svojanov 1931 - are strongly performative and site-specific pieces. He is well known for his use of transparent industrial glass as a “canvas” for abstract paintings of great chromatic breadth.
Vladimir Kopecky - Desire - 2021

Vladimir Kopecky - Corridor - White - Red - Blue - 1976-2017

Elisabeth Royer and France Thierard

"The twentieth century ended, and this fact forced us to analyze what was in the past, where we succeeded and where we failed.  This is why it is very important for every detail of these historic Czech endeavors in the field of modern glass to be recorded and assessed..."

Special attention is devoted to the couple Stanislav Libensky - Sezemice 1921-2002 and Jaroslava Brychtova - Zelezny Brod 1924–2020 - who from the 1940s dedicated themselves to research and experimentation with glass casting or open-mould casting. Significantly, the casting method was to become synonymous with modern Czechoslovakian glass. For over sixty years, they investigated its technical possibilities and came up with works that were majestic in size, as well as remarkable in their purity of colour and transparency.
Stanislav Libensky - Jaroslava Brychtova - Installation

Stanislav Libensky - Lying Angel - 1999 - T-Space - 1999
Stanislav Libensky - Jaroslava Brychtova - Lying Angel - 1999-1920

Jean Blanchaert

Stanislav Libensky - Jaroslava Brychtova - Horizon - 1995-2006

The show closes with photographs by Josef Sudek - Kolin 1896–1976 - from the Glass Labyrinths series, taken within the exhibition Contemporary Bohemian Glass which was held in Prague in 1970 at the time of the 5th congress of the AIHV – the Association Internationale pour l’Histoire du Verre. By sharing his remarkable point of view, Sudek – often referred to as “the poet of Prague” – re-interprets the intrinsic relationship between glass and light in the works from this important, historic exhibition. Finally, the exhibition features five films produced between the 1980s and the present day, describing the unique creativity of the artists whose work is showcased. 
Josef Sudek - Glass Labyrinths Series - Photographic Installation

Jean-Michel Ribettes

Nina Zugni Tauro, Leslie Hennessy, William Hennessy and 
Rosella Zorzi

Al Fresco Lunch
A delicious lunch was served in the Palladian cloisters of the 
Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Adele Re Rebaudengo, Jane da Mosto and Giovanni Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi

Camilla Purdon, Olinda Adeane, Ingrid and Mimi Todhunter

Alma Zevi and David Hrankovic

Marco Arosio

Gian Battista Poggio and Rosa Barovier

Anna and Antonio Dei Rossi

Francesca Nisii

Gianpaolo Babetto and Daniela Ferretti

Valeria Lepore and Michela Cattai

Caterina Tognon and Gabriele Pimpini



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Friday, May 12, 2023

Venice - Peggy Guggenheim Collection Edmondo Bacci - Energy and Light

"There is nothing that is superfluous, but, as in every work that is strongly aesthetic, he is simple, tense, alive. For him color is a conflict of power and his material lives by his tension, it is sensitive and luminous."
Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim Collection 
Edmondo Bacci - Energy and Light

At the Peggy Guggenheim Collection the new exhibition - until September 18 - Edmondo Bacci: Energy and Light organized and curated by Chiara Bertola, Manager of Contemporary Art Projects, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. The exhibition features approximately eighty works—many of which have never been exhibited before and is the first and most extensive retrospective dedicated to Venetian artist Edmondo Bacci (1913–1978).
Avvenimento #13R - Avvenimento plastico - 1953

The exhibition focuses primarily on the 1950s, the most lyrical and creative period of the artist's career, and when he achieved international success. Indeed, during this period, as an established exponent of Spazialismo, and among the most innovative artists of the Italian art scene, Bacci captured the attention of Peggy Guggenheim and leading art critics through the novelty of his painting, the generative force of his color, his rupture of spatial planes, and the circular rhythm of his brushstrokes. Bacci was one of the finest representatives of Venetian post-war art, together with, among others, Tancredi Parmeggiani and Emilio Vedova, who also achieved international success and acclaim.
Fabbrica - 1951

Archivio Edmondo Bacci - courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Edmondo Baci in his studio - Venice  - early 1960s
Avvenimento #372 -1961

Avvenimento - 1954 

Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Karole P.B. Vail - Chiara Bertola exhibition curator and Manager of Contemporary Art Projects, Fondazione Querini Stampalia - PGC Institutional Patron, Francesca Lavazza

Bacci was also one of the few artists in Italy to understand the possibilities of the latest type of abstraction, merging contemporary trends in Europe and the United States with his unique and personal style. The exhibition tells this story through works that are crucial to understanding the evolution of the pictorial language of color and light that so impressed Guggenheim, as well as Alfred H. Barr Jr, the director of the Museum of Modern Art of New York, who acquired Avvenimento #13R - above - in 1953. The work, now in the holdings of the New York museum, makes a special return to Italy, where it will be on public view for the first time. 
Avvenimento #27 - 1954
Avvenimento - 1954

Photo archivio Cameraphoto Epoca - Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation gift Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia - 2005 - courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection

"..So much for the mysterious little man.  But his paintings, that is another matter. 
I know them.  They are children of today.  They are Dynamic.  
They are the atomic bomb on canvas.  They burst with light energy and color.  
Each new one is more vital than the last.
 I feel they are so explosive that they endanger the safety of my palace."
Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni - Venice - 1956
on the wall - center - Avvenimento #247 -1956


Works on Paper - 1949-1976
Untitled - 1962c.

Untitled -1978 - Untitled -1975c. - Untitled -1975c. - Untitled 1974

Avvenimento #293 - 1958
Avvenimento #246 - 1956

The exhibition ends with Giambattista Tiepolo's impressive oil-on-canvas - The Final Judgement - 1730-1735c. -  On loan from the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, it demonstrates how Bacci was influenced, from his early training at Venice's Accademia di Belle Arti, by the artists of the past, particularly the luminous chromatism of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione, and especially the spatial qualities of Tiepolo's skies and large-scale frescos.
Gianbattista Tiepolo - The Final Judgement - 1730-1735c.
Edmondo Bacci - Avvenimento #31-A - Esplosione - 1967

Press Breakfast on the Terrace
Overlooking the Canal Grande on the terrace of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni we drank Caffe Lavazza in the edible Cookie Cup and after enjoying the espresso, we ate the delicious cookie cup designed by Enrique Sardis with pastry chef, Lello Parisi and Team Lavazza - such a great invention.


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