Monday, April 17, 2017

Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro - Ettore Sottsass: The Glass Exhibition

“I’ve tried to get away from the everyday object and sought to make Glass works with a capital G. Of course, that’s a dangerous approach, because I don’t want to be an artist, or a sculptor, but in the end the objects I produce look like glass sculptures, and yet they aren’t: they’re a mix that’s hard to fathom.”
Ettore Sottsass

Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro
Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Just arriving on the Isola di San Giorgio and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is a magical experience, especially on a beautiful day crossing the Bacino di San Marco and then walking by the yachts moored on the fondamenta and arriving at the Stanze del Vetro to see the wonderful exhibition Ettore Sottsass: The Glass, until July 30, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is just heavenly. The exhibition, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian architect, celebrates his glass and crystal production with more than 200 works on display.

“Sottsass’s glass pieces are complex organisms, designed as if they were characters’. The artist-architect breaks through the technical boundaries of the objects using materials such as glass, plastic and polycarbonates and brings them to life. They are beings made of many elements that create a lively yet imaginary world.”
Luca Massimo Barbero – curator

David Landau and Luca Massimo Barbero


Le Stanze del Vetro
Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
The brilliant architect and designer Ettore Sottsass “made glass” from 1947 until the end of his career. This volume documents the entire period of his glass oeuvre, from the series he designed in the 1970s for Vistosi to the Memphis collections of the 1980s, the symbolic forms of the 1990s, the stunning constructions for the Millennium House in Qatar, and the famous Kachinas.

Marie-Rose Kahane

Marino Barovier, Roberta Camerino and Pasquale Gagliardi


Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Barbara Radice

Alberto Bianchi Albrici and Aldo Cibic 

Martine Bedin

Santi Caleca and Aurora Di Girolamo

Riccardo Quarti, Grazia Montesi and Jean Blanchaert


Elisabetta Zevi and Franco Raggi

  Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Laura de Santillana and Matz Soren

Emanuela Bassetti and Rosa Barovier Mentasti

Daria Caccia Dominioni

Luisa Loro Piane, Luca Massimo Barbero, Elisabeth Swig, Robert Stilin and Sebastian Sanchez

Massimo Micheluzzi and Ketty Alvera

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Drawings for the glass pieces for Sheikh Saud-al-Thani

Donata Grimani, Beatrice Rosenberg, Alessandra Zoppi, Pierre Rosenberg and Alessandro Zoppi 

 Paris and Germano Celant


Alma Zevi and David Hrankovic

Luca Bombassei

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Kachina Notebook

Massimo Giacon 

Rodolfo Dordoni and Alessandro Palwer

Giorgio Vigna, Sabrina Damassa, Paola Marini and Roberto Gasperotto

Jos and Joe Tilson


Ettore Sottsass: The Glass


Pier Luigi Pizzi


  Chiara Beria di Argentina, Gisella Simeone, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, Luca Massimo Barbero, Elisabeth Swig and Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone


Piergiorgio Coin and Caterina Tognon

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Fabio Zonta and Jean Blanchaert

Tristano di Robilant

Cristina Beltrami, Giordana Naccari and Angelo Gandolfi

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Nori Vaccari Starck

Alessandra and Andrea di Robilant

Roberto De Feo

France Thierard and Tristian d’Avezac

Franca Coin

Francesca Marzotto Caotorta and Jane da Mosto

Isola di San Giorgio – Monumental Complex
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Palladian courtyard of the ex Benedictine Monastery
Lunch was served al fresco in one of the two Palladian courtyards

Nina Baier-Bischofberger, Valentina Nasi Marini Clarelli, Toto Bergamo Rossi, Marie-Rose Kahane

Marco Arosio and Fulvio Ferrari

Charles Zana, Barbara Radice and Giulia Cervo

Lorcan O’Neill, Domitilla Getty and Luca Cipelletti

Daniela Ferretti, Adele Re Rebaudengo, Paola Marini and Alma Chiarelli




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