“FontanaArte. Living in Glass” (Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, until 31 July) proposes a critical retrospective dedicated to the furnishings of the famous Milanese design company

Spring exhibition of the cultural project as well as an exhibition space Le Stanze del Vetro on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, FontanaArte. Vivere nel vetro (Living in Glass), curated by Christian Larsen, until 31 July 2022 proposes a critical retrospective dedicated to glass furniture by famous Milanese design company through a scan of the creative repertoire and production periods of the four artistic directors who have marked its history: Gio Ponti (1932-1933), Pietro Chiesa (1933-1948), Max Ingrand (1954-1967) and Gae Aulenti (1979-1996).

The creative possibilities of sheet glass

Through 85 pieces among the most exceptional of FontanaArte's production, the exhibition focuses on the poetic possibilities of glass in sheets, a material industrial worked by many designers and artists who have collaborated with the Milanese company during its 90 years of history.

90 years of FontanaArte history

From its foundation by Gio Ponti in 1932, until the departure of Gae Aulenti from the company in 1996 , the FontanaArte catalog traces a historical stylistic arc in twentieth century design, from the rational logic of Modernism to the playfulness of Postmodernism.

The craftsmanship of industrial glass

FontanaArte set the standards of Italian design: the perfect continuity between classicism and contemporary technology, the ideal combination of art and industry, superlative quality of materials and craftsmanship of industrial glass and the elevation of the everyday object to the art of living.

The exhibition itinerary

Set up on a project by the architect Massimiliano Locatelli , the exhibition develops a path in which each room is focused on a specific study for each of the designers, to culminate in a suite furnished in the FontanaArte style that evokes a home set up with glass interiors.

The glass house

Designed by Massimiliano Locatelli, the glass house summarizes the house with a row of abstract environments defined by glass walls that allow you to see beyond and through space, overlapping and juxtaposing objects, all signed by FontanaArte. A minimalist approach that focuses the attention on the diversity of the pieces and on the way in which they coexist and operate on a spatial level, underlining the key role of FontanaArte in the history of design.

A new standard of luxury in the interior

At the same time, the glass house is a 'technological dream' of modernist architects, realized in the vision of avant-garde by Gio Ponti with Luigi Fontana with the intention of reinventing this building material for exteriors as a new luxury standard for furnishing living interiors.

The catalog

The exhibition project FontanaArte. Vivere nel vetro is accompanied by an illustrated catalog, published by Skira, containing essays by important scholars and the collection of all the pieces on display.