The city Venice, the world's most closely associated city to glassmaking tradition has become a temporary cultural hub for the modern and contemporary glass art as art connoisseurs, industry experts and celebrated artists. Undoubtedly, the highly anticipated exhibition has come to its mid celebration as we celebrate the turning of the season. The exhibition, Glasstress, runs from June 5th to November 22nd, 2009 at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti - Palazzo Cavalli Frachetti and the Scuola Grande Confraternita di San Teodoro. One fact we should pay attention to is that this is one of the most sophisticated and primordial collateral event in conjunction to the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.
Glasstress gathers together both specially commissioned new artworks and selected pieces by forty-five modern and contemporary artist, many of whom are working with glass for the first time. The show features a great selection of artists including Josef Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Cèsar, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Kiki Smith, Lino Tagliapietra, Jean Arp, Jan Fabre and Mona Hatoum, to name a few.
The exhibition draws attention to the use of glass in installation and sculpture art today. Most importantly, it emphasizes the exploration of each artists: their unique approach to working with the glass and the amalgamation between the ideas itself, the techniques explored and the execution. Glasstress is co-organized by Adriano Berengo--a local artist and art dealer also founder of Berengo Studio--with Laura Mattioli Rossi and Rosa Baravier Mentasti.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Mjellby Konstmuseum of Halmstad, Sweden in collaboration with Susan Scherman of Susan Scherman Fine Arts, San Francisco. Images came from the beautiful catalog (book) produced especially for this occasion. If you are interested in purchasing the book and looking in deeper to each of the 45 uniquely produced artworks, you can purchase the book at Charta Art Books or by clicking the image below.