In the International Year of Glass promoted by the United Nations, was born The Italian Glass Weeks, the most important international event that Italy dedicates to industrial and artistic glass born from the merger of Vision Milan Glass Week and The Venice Glass Week.
The review will see the alternation of exhibitions, workshops, art installations, shows, activities for children and families, as well as guided tours, cultural meetings, workshops and much more in the over two weeks: in Milan, from 10 to 18 September, with a program dedicated mainly to industrial glass and design, and in Venice from 17 to 25 September 2022 starring artistic glass.
There will be over 250 events organized by more than 150 realities, including museums, institutions, universities, companies, artists and designers both from Italy and from abroad.
The event will start in Milan on 10 September with the official inauguration of The Italian Glass Weeks - Milan HUB at Palazzo Giureconsulti, point meeting place for participants who want to take part in the rich program of conferences, round tables and talks dedicated to industrial glass. Among the numerous initiatives, Milano di Vetro at the Castello Sforzesco stands out, a photographic exhibition of historical glass objects preserved in Milanese museums and enclosed for the first time in a single exhibition.
During the week, Tricolore Design Hub, the new dedicated Milan location at the meeting between design, art and culture in Piazza Del Tricolore 1 (entrance viale Majno 2), organizes permanent exhibitions that will have their climax on 14 September from 6.30 pm with the Glass event Attitude Experience, when brands like TonelliDesign and Blueside Emotional Design celebrate glass by telling its story and showing, with the help of the glass masters Nicola Donà and Davide Salvadore, how furniture and accessories of great visual impact.
The Venetian week will host hundreds of events dedicated to artistic glass in Venice, Murano and Mestre, like The Italian Glass Weeks - Venice HUB and The Italian Glass Weeks - Venice HUB Under35. The first will occupy the spaces of Palazzo Loredan with the works of 21 Italian and international artists and designers, while the second this year expands by proposing the projects of 20 young artists and designers under 35, Italian and international, at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin.
Venini: Luce 1921-1985
The highlight is the Venini: Luce 1921-1985 exhibition, within the Stanze del Vetro, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore until January 8, 2023, dedicated to the activity of the famous glass factory in the field of lighting.
The exhibition, curated by Marino Barovier, presents a careful selection of 81 works, both designed by the various designers who collaborated with the furnace and studied by the technical office of the glassworks, illustrating how the theme of light has been addressed over the various decades, in a chronological span that goes from 1921 to 1985.
Two special installations
In particular, two scenographic installations stand out: the well-known Velario, built in 1951 for the roof of Palazzo Grassi and made up of a series of "festoons" with steel cables and balloton crystal glass spheres and a tribute to Carlo Scarpa: the reconstruction of the monumental chandelier with polychrome polyhedra, with about three thousand elements, designed by the architect for the Veneto pavilion at the Turin exhibition “Italia 61” in 1961.
The glass and honey garden
Among the appointments, the artist Judi Harvest previews Night and Day: Bats + Bees, a series of works focusing on two endangered animal colonies, bats and bees, essential for the balance of the ecosystem, working in a complementary way. The exhibition, created with Silvia Sandini and Elvilino Zangrandi, consists of blown Murano glass sculptures and paintings and will be exhibited by 17 to 25 September in Murano at the Giorgio Giuman Glass Factory, where Judi Harvest has been working for 35 years. The project is A evolution of her artistic career, aimed at raising awareness of the public opinion on the interdependence between nature and man . In addition, on 24 September, from 12 to 16, Honey Garden Picnic celebrates its 10th anniversary.