A few weeks ago we flagged up The Venice Glass Week – a fantastic new festival dedicated to the art of glassmaking – which we’re pleased to report will be returning with a second edition in autumn 2018 (dates to be announced shortly).
In the meantime, you can still catch one of the festival’s stand-out exhibitions dedicated to the Murano-born glass designer Vittorio Zecchin (1878-1947), which will remain on view until 7th January 2018 at LE STANZE DEL VETRO on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Trained as an artist at Venice’s Accademia di Belle Arti, Zecchin’s career as a glass designer flourished when he became artistic director of the V.S.M. Cappellin Venini and C. glassware company in the 1920s. During this period, he was widely celebrated for his elegant, hand-blown designs which reinterpreted the classical trends of the time, often drawing inspiration from glass or paintings by 16th century Venetian artists such as Veronese and Tintoretto.
Recognisable by their distinctive silhouettes, classical proportions and extraordinary colours (mostly ethereal and delicate but occasionally intense and vivid shades of green, blue, amethyst and yellow), Zecchin’s works breathed new life into the Murano glassmaking scene after a period of sterility and stagnation, and revived the island’s reputation on the international design stage. Featuring a beautifully curated selection of over 250 pieces, this exhibition is an absolute must for glass lovers, as well as fans of twentieth century art and design.
Vittorio Zecchin: Transparent Glass for Cappellin and Venini is on view at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore until 7th January 2018.