Monday, March 02, 2015

Murano – Palazzo Giustinian: The Museo del Vetro di Murano

Murano – Palazzo Giustinian: The Museo del Vetro di Murano. The Museo del Vetro di Murano, re-opens its doors, it has been completely transformed and renovated. The exhibition spaces have almost doubled, the new displays and themes enable visitors to discover the key milestones in the history of Murano glass and enjoy and admire the superb masterpieces the museum conserves. It is the only museum dedicated to artistic glass located within an active and firmly rooted context of actual production, thanks to the many furnaces and glassmakers still working on Murano.

Palazzo Giustinian: The Museo del Vetro di Murano. The impressive entrance on the piano nobile reveals the sumptuous portego, with an allegorical fresco on the ceiling by Francesco Zugno. The large room, named after the frequently anonymous masters of Murano, is the expression of the glassmaking production from the 14th to the end of the 17th century; the golden age of Murano glass. It was in those years that the skills applied in the Venetian furnaces were acclaimed throughout Europe thanks to the innovations in technology and techniques: years in which in Venice, Angelo Barovier produced a pure substance called “crystal”, to which engraved decoration with diamond-tipped tools was added, and in which “ice glass” was invented, together with filigree decoration and the “mezza stampatura” (“half mould”) technique. 

Coppa Barovier. Blue blown glass painted cup with polychrome enamels and gold, with medallions that frame a feminine and a masculine bust between two scenes that represent a cavalcade and the bath of young women close to the fountain of love or youth. Venice, 1460c.

Centerpiece.  Centerpiece designed like an Italian garden with fountains, arches, pots with flowers, flowerbeds. 18th Century. Centerpieces also known as “deseri” enjoyed enormous popularity during the 18th Century.  The glassmaker Giuseppe Briati was credited with creating many fine examples, which adorned the Doge’s tables.  They were proper theater scenes, their designs often inspired by historical or mythological subjects.  Sometimes they offered as this one, a glimpse of life enjoyed by Venetians on holidays.


The Conterie Room. The conterie were beads of pate de verre and, in particular from the end of the 19th century, the beads produced from the so-called paternostreriby  (rosary bead makers) by cutting a hollow rod and rounding off the little cylinders produced with heat in ferrazze, or special metal containers. In 1898, a number of companies involved in the production of glass beads  joined forces, setting up a single large company, Società Veneziana Conterie, which  closed in 1993.

The Evolution of Glass  
 An original “time-wave”,  a quick visual guide to the evolution of glass through the ages, from Roman times to the 20th century. The display gives an initial introduction to the world of glass, giving interesting examples of the main milestones in the history of Murano glass and the technical and aesthetic developments that have accompanied it.  

The Evolution of Glass – The Beginnings

The Evolution of Glass – 13th-17th Century

The Evolution of Glass – 18th Century

The Evolution of Glass – 19th Century
The Evolution of Glass20th Century

Giovanni Rubin de Cervin, Andriana Marcello del Majno and Brandino Brandolini d’Adda.     

A room is devoted to Modern and Contemporary glass. The room is dedicated to the memory of Marie Brandolini d’Adda, creator of the famous goti glasses whom the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia wishes to commemorate as a non-Italian artist who used Murano glass as her means of expression and thereby contributed to its international fame.

The Museo del Vetro di Murano – Luciano Vistosi Scultore Exhibition.  The new modern open space, which offers temporary exhibitions, was inaugurated with the sculptures of Luciano Vistosi on until May 30th.    The selection of black and white objects form a heartfelt tribute to the late magical sculptor of glass that was the Murano-born Luciano Vistosi who achieved international success thanks to his strongly three-dimensional, dynamic, impressive sculptures that capture light.

Franca Coin and Adriana Vistosi widow of the late glass designer 

Luciano Vistosi Scultore

The Museo del Vetro di Murano – The Garden. The walled-garden of the Museo del Vetro has a view on the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Venice – Murano: A Workman’s Cafe – Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei

Venice – Murano: A Workman’s Cafe – Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei.  A short walk from the vaporetto stop Museo in the Campo San Bernardo is a typical “workman’s cafe”, Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei.
Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei - Campo San Bernardo 6 - Murano - Venezia - Tel. +39 041-739528.

Murano - Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei. Murano is the island north of Venice famous, for it’s hand blown glass and it is at the Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei where the workmen and the glass blowers, from the nearby glass furnaces eat.  A door in the middle vaguely divides the restaurant, for the locals in the front and for visitors, in an airy charmless room, in the back. Though there is little choice on the menu, the meals are abundant and quite affordable for Venice. The decor is simple, and on the tables rough butcher’s paper serve as mats.  The service is fast and efficient and the food is casalingo, home cooked and fresh. 

The White Beans and Onions are absolutely delicious.

Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei. Spahetti with Clams are among the fish dishes on the menu, as are the hot and cold fish appetizers, Fritto Misto, Sarde in Saor, Baccala Mantecato and Seafood Risotto.


Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei.  The S Biscotti are the only “dessert” on the menu. Though they originated on the nearby island of Burano, the S cookies are considered typical Venetian.  They are best enjoyed tipped into a Vin Santo or a local white wine.

At lunch, Oro was a very good boy!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Venice - Palazzo Nani Mocenigo: Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons Exhibition

  Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati
Photograph by Sherry Griffin
Venice - Palazzo Nani Mocenigo: Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons Exhibition. The Precious - from Pablo Picasso to Jeff Koons jewelry exhibition at Palazzo Nani Mocenigo, now the Vitraria Glass +A Museum, is on until April 12 and is curated by Diane Venet and Ewald Stastny.  From Pablo Picasso to Jeff Koons from Louise Bourgeois to Damien Hirst, from Lucio Fontana to Anish Kapoor, these are just a few of the more than a hundred modern and contemporary artists, from the Diane Venet Collection on show, who have explored the world of jewelry and created surprising works of art and for the main part are unknown to the wider public. Many jewels entered the collection after research, meetings, and journeys undertaken to track down rare pieces. All tell the story of an interaction between private lives and the history of art.
Above. Jeff Koons – Rabbit necklace - 2005-2009 - platinum edition 11/50 - Jeff Koons for Stella McCartney. Pablo Picasso – Visage Rond – 1972 – gold - 16/20 Edition Francois Hugo.

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. This incredible collection has been put together over the years by Diane Venet, the wife of the renowned French artist Bernar Venet; she is a Parisian collector whose adopted home is New York.
Above. Diane Venet, between Jerome Zieseniss and Matteo Corvino.

  Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. Georges Braque – broches – gold, precious stones - Edition Heger de Lowenfeld.

   Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. Diane Venet began the collection one day when her husband, the French artist Benar Venet rolled a thin tube of silver around her left ring finger, like a wedding-band; this was followed by brooches and bracelets, each one of which corresponded to a new development of his art.
Above.  Bernar Venet
GRIB - 2012 - sterling silver - edition 1/4.

Ewald Stastny, co-curator of the exhibition and creative director of Vitraria Glass +A Museum
  Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. Some of the artists on display initially refused Diane’s invitation to make jewels, but later, tempted to try out their own language on a different scale, and with different media, took up the challenge; one such was Frank Stella. 
Above. Frank Stella
 - Untitled - 
2010 - 
edition of 5 - The Gallery Mourmans.
Caroline Murat
Francoise Pams and Gaby Wagner 

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. Lucio Fontana - Elisse Concetto – 1967 – silver, pink spray - 5/10 - edition Gem Giancarlo Montebello

Giorgio Vigna with Louise Bourgeois’s
 - Collier - barre de metal -
1948 - edition release 1998  - silver
 37/39 - edition Chus Bures
 Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux and Christophe Gayral 

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  The collection has grown over time and has included works by such friends and artists as Cesar, who has compressed bracelets and pendants belonging to the Venet family in order to give them a new lease of life,  and Chamberlain, above, who gave Diane his first jewel, a painted brooch in crushed aluminum.
Above. John Chamberlain - 
Untitled - 1998 - 
paint, aluminum – unique piece.
Toni Mauer
Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. Gio Pomodoro
Untitled - 
1967 - 
Belgium marble
 - unique 
edition - Gem Giancarlo Montebello
 Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati
Giancarlo Montebello

Matteo Corvino, Barbara Nani Mocenigo and Gerard Julien Salvy

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons. The double meaning of this exhibition begins with its very title: Precious. Not only because it refers to extremely rare and precious artworks, but also because it captures their profound and personal symbolic significance, which was often the original source of inspiration for the artists, as was the case with the pebbles that Picasso picked up from the beach and then painted for Dora Maar, or the pieces of bone on which he engraved the portrait of Marie-Therese.
Above. Gijs Bakker - Adam
 - 1988 - gold plated brass – PVC laminated photograph.
Maria Grazia Rosin and Sigrid de Montrond
Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Miguel Chevalier – Minicubes - 
2011- resin,  unique 3D print
Elisabetta Cipriani is wearing a necklace by Giuseppe Penone which is also featured in the exhibition, it is one of a multiple edition by Elisabetta Cipriani.
Marina Ruggieri Filippini and Manila Bernardi
Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Kimiko Yoshida - Parure Rezzonico – 2012 - 
hand-blown Murano glass, gold leaf - edition 1/10 - Galerie Pierre Alain Challier. Yayoi Kusama - Untitled
 - unique piece.

Author, Deanna Farneti Cera, has written twelve books on costume jewelry, her latest is entitled Fashion Jewellery: Made in Italy


Amerigo Restucci and Manuela Bassetti

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Salvador Dali - Cuillere
 -1957 – gold, midnight blu enamel - edition 1/6
Jean Louis Boube-Hertuit

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Keith Haring - Crawling Baby
 - 1989 - 
 - 58/200
Maria Novella Dei Carraresi Papafava and Chiara Gradella
Federica Marangoni
Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Anish Kapoor - Untitled
 - 2008 - Platinum Edition - 3/5
Matilde Zavagli
Alba Polenghi Lisca

Precious - from Picasso to Jeff Koons.  Yoko Ono - Imagine Peace 2004 – white, yellow gold - edition 8/8 - Filippini

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