The Transparent Breath
The exhibition that celebrates contemporary glass jewelry. In collaboration with Arte Design Venezia Associazione Culturale during The Venice Glass Week 2022.
An exclusive event where the most skilled international workers in the art of glass will exhibit their creations in Venice, cradle of this ancient artisan tradition that dates back to the seventh century B.C.
Ancestral entities such as fire, breath, the artist’s hand become protagonists in celebrating the noble and ancient material of glass reinterpreting it in a contemporary way.
The event will be part of The Venice Glass Week, the first week dedicated entirely to the world of glass.
August 25th – September 25th 2022
Nani Mocenigo Palace – ADmore Gallery
Fondamenta Nani 960 Venice, Italy
Hour: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Opening on September 18th, h: 11.00 AM
The international exhibition The Transparent Breath was born from the need to donate to the city of Venice an event dedicated to the artistic glass jewel. As is well known, Venice is known throughout the world, among other reasons, for its thousand-year tradition of glassware dating back to the 7th century B.C. The Transparent Breath celebrates the genius of the artist, the breath that shapes the material making it both unique and eternal. Ancestral entities such as fire, breath, the hand of man become protagonists in celebrating the noble and ancient material of glass reinterpreting it in a contemporary way.
The careful selection of artistic jewels on display celebrates this ancient craft that speaks of working hands, careful eyes, research and inspired soul. The intent is to create a network of extraordinary artists skilled in creating beauty.
The exhibition is therefore a piece of an unfinished story, a glimpse into the contemporary panorama of the glass jewel. The city, with its extraordinary artistic and architectural heritage, is configured as a natural and perfect home for this initiative.
The vibrant shimmer of the sea at sunset, the romantic light that invades the city become matter transforming into the transparent reflections of the jewels, in their warm and enveloping tones. A fascinating and mysterious material like glass acquires identity even more when this becomes an ornament. The jewel, an object that accompanies us in everyday actions absorbing and reflecting the personality of the wearer. This reveals an unusual and fascinating side, a precious and unique declination of glass processing.
The selected artist’s jewels are housed in a prestigious location, a real treasure chest: the ancient Palazzo Nani Mocenigo now home to the Hotel Nani Mocenigo, a few steps from Le Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. The triumph of Venetian history welcomes the contemporary in an ever new dialogue, without ever betraying history and tradition.
The event will be held from August 25th to September 25th 2022, taking place in the lively and sparkling context of The Venice Glass Week, which reached its sixth edition in 2022.
“All that surrounds me [in Venice] is full of nobility, it is the great and respectable work of a united human force, the magnificent monument not of a sovereign but of a people”.
(Johann Wolfgang Goethe)
The jewels on display
The creations on display were made according to different glass processing techniques; blown glass, lampwork, glass casting. Among the blown glass creations we find the blue bubbles of DriftLand (Russia), the molecular shapes of the pieces of Sio2 Glass Jewelry (Spain), the necklaces of Antonija Gospić (Croatia) that with their metamorphic pearls invite us to come out victorious from the dark period that have been the last two years of pandemic. The route continues with the transparent bubbles of Kopoli (Japan), the sculptural and always current rings of Agustina Ros (Spain), the evocative creations of Olga Tabakova (Russia), the sea creatures of Cecilia López Bravo (USA), the experimental works of Cortestudioglass (Italy) and the precious reflections in the blown pearls of Muriel Balensi (Italy).
The ancient processing of lampwork becomes emblem in the dream-visionary rings of Atelier Alessandra directly from the island of Murano, in the pearls inspired by nature and the marine world of Móró Barbara Glass (Hungary) one different from the other and the precious talismans of Anna Boothe (USA) as well as in Amy West’s pastel pearls. Several variations of shiny chains are shaped by the skilful hands of Minori Takagi (Canada) and Glass Berries (Latvia).
The almost pictorial creations of Celina Glass Art (Germany) as well as the fused pendants of David Melamed (Canada) and the more sculptural ones of Alexandra Mezo (Ireland) are excellent examples of the fusion technique.
The cosmic jewels of Ioanna Art Jewelry (Serbia), and the wearable creations of L’Etoile de Verre are instead configured as an example of Tiffany processing technique.
The exhibition is completed by the luminous sculptures by Ana Marìa Reque Sotelo.