Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Venezia – Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore - Le Stanze del Vetro – Fulvio Bianconi at Venini Exhibition

Venezia – Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore - Le Stanze del Vetro – Fulvio Bianconi at Venini Exhibition. The exhibition, curated by Marino Barovier, until January 10th, at the Stanze del Vetro, shows over 300 works of the innovative graphic designer, illustrator, caricaturist, Fulvio Bianconi, one of the most prolific artists to work with famous glassworks during the Fifties, he designed pieces that would become true icons of Murano artistic glassmaking.
Above. Fazzoletto Vases – 1949-1950. The famous handkerchief vases was the result of the personal and direct exchange of views between Bianconi and Paolo Venini and pieces were soon acquired by museums of decorative arts  as fine example of Murano artistic glassmaking.

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini. Marino Barovier curator of the exhibition, it is his fourth exhibition dedicated to the history of the Venini glassware company, organized 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 20th and 21st centuries.

  Photograph courtesy Le Stanze del Vetro

Fulvio Bianconi - African Women - black glass and glass with polychrome murrine (hot-worked mosaic) - 1954


Director of the Scientific Commission of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Luca Massimo Barbero and Pasquale Gagliardi, secretary general , Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Pentagram Stiftung’s David Landau

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini – Fasce di Colore - bands of colors – 1953. Bianconi focused on pieces with sophisticated shapes, characterized by strong colors, designing striking works, some of which sum up the enthusiasm of the “fabulous” Fifties, and later became true icons of Murano glassmaking.

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini – Forati or Buchi – holed or with holes – 1951-1952. In designing this series Bianconi tackled the theme of the “vase with a hole”, inspired by Henry Moore. 

Photograph courtesy Le Stanze del Vetro

Fulvio Bianconi - Zebra with Monkey - opaque poly-chrome glass 1948-49


Fulvio Bianconi – With applied Tesserae and Pezzati – 1950-1954

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini – A Macchie – with patches – 1950. Among the subjects are also the master glass-makers themselves depicted with blow pipe, perhaps the artist’s homage to the makers of his glass pieces.


Fulvio Bianconi at Venini – Mermaids, Decoro a Rete, Nudes – 1950. During this period Bianconi produced a series of artifacts of a figurative kind, some dealing with marine subjects (mermaids and fish) and others developing the theme of the female body. Many of these pieces are characterized by a technique consisting of an applied netting of lattimo threads.

  Fulvio Bianconi – Nudes – 1950


Filmmaker, Gianluigi Calderone who directed the documentary, La Commedia dell’Arte di Fulvio Bianconi

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini - Commedia dell’Arte – 1948.  The figurines of the Commedia del Arte, Italian popular theater are one of Bianconi’s most characteristic productions for Venini. Returning to the Murano tradition of figurines, which had been particularly fashionable in the 1930s, the artist proposed a playful and iconic re-interpretation, dealing in a quasi-caricatural spirit with the theme of the maschere (stock characters of Italian popular theatre), which at the time had been a popular theme in artistic circles.

Fulvio Bianconi at Venini



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