Gioielli di Vetro / Glass Jewelry
July 11-29, 2014
La Corte Arte Contemporanea
Via de’Coverelli 27r, Florence – ITALY
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm
Via Toscanella 18n, Florence – ITALY
Open: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th from 10am to 8pm
Press Conference: July 10, 6pm, at Studio Rosai, followed by exhibition opening at La Corte Arte Contemporanea.
For the first time on exhibit in Florence, 100 glass jewelry pieces selected from hundreds of prototypes made by students from the most prestigious universities and academies of fine art in Italy. Milan, Florence and Venice were challenged on a creative level to utilize glass as a material in contemporary jewelry, an ancient and precious material, typical of the Made in Italy prestige.
Glass beads from Murano were provided by the major historical companies and manufacturers of glass beads in Venice and Murano: Ercole Moretti, Alessandro Moretti, SUV, and Antares. The Venetian glass has been brightly and boldly stretched to its material limits in all its forms: melted and blown glass, molded glass, bottles and glassware recovery, and new design proposals for solutions applied to the jewel.
The jewelry designers from Barbara Paganino collaborated in a collateral project with the students of the Liceo Artistico Michelangelo Guggenheim di Venezia e Mestre. The project was sponsored by the Committee for the Protection of Venetian Bead, which is working to place the Venetian glass bead within the UNESCO intangible assets category, together with the Society of Pearls of the Center for Studies in African Archaeology in Milan.
A traveling workshop was formed with the schools and students thanks to the participation of prestigious scholars and representatives of Venetian glass and pearls including Augusto Panini, author of “Middle-Eastern and Venetian Glass Beads” (Skira 2011) and Giorgio Teruzzi, curator of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Milan and president of the Society of Pearls. In the autumn, the exhibition will move to Venice at the historic venue Abate Zanetti of Murano thanks to the collaboration of Artsystem of Venice.