From 9th to 16th September 2018 more than 150 participants, with a total of over 180 events across Venice, Mestre and Murano, will take part in the second edition of The Venice Glass Week, the major international festival dedicated to the art of glass, conceived to celebrate the artistic and economic resource for which Venice is famous around the world. The event is promoted by the Town Council of Venice and conceived by three of Venice’s principal cultural institutions with considerable experience and expertise in the field of glass – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti – along with the most important trade association, the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, which also manages the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark of the Veneto Region. This year’s edition has again attracted a large number of participants, with a 20% increase over the first edition’s festival.
Hundreds of applications were originally submitted for review and selection by the curatorial committee. The high volume of applications, from foundations, art galleries, museums – among which we note the participation for the first time of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Fortuny and Museo di Storia Naturale -, cultural institutions, universities and advanced education institutes, as well as glass furnaces, companies, artists and private Italian and foreign collectors, confirms the dynamism and vitality of Venice’s cultural scene, and provides a strong indication of the local and international interest in the field of glass. The events, most with free entrance, will all have artistic glass as their main theme and be aimed at audiences of all ages: exhibitions, guided tours, conferences, seminars, prize-giving ceremonies, film screenings, educational activities, parties, drinks receptions, open studios and a non-competitive night-time race around the candle-lit streets, canals and glass-furnaces of Murano. The Consorzio Promovetro Murano will also present, for the second year running, itineraries for discovering Murano glass: the Murano Glass Experience pathways will allow visitors to observe master glassmakers at work in furnaces and workshops that are normally closed to the public, but which will be opened specially for the occasion. As part of The Venice Glass Week, artist Marcela Cernadas will present the installation titled “Pane e petali” , who will perform the poetic reading of unpublished texts. Artist Desiree Sessegolo has decided to exhibit her installation “Amazonia”. With the aim of making people aware of the problem of deforestation, the artist has succeeded in transforming glass into poetry, giving rise to plays of light and shadows thanks to her incredible technique. Awakened by studies as biologist and transferred to the technique of Murano glass, Lilla Tabasso through the artistic glass creations and the passion for nature, reproduces cut flowers that feature in many of her compositions. Than the studio of Penzo+Fiore will be open during The Venice Glass Week, allowing visitors to view the progress of the duo’s work, in particular with regard to their latest trend, developed since June 2017: Alchemical Botany.