L'Arte del Vetro Grezzo

9 – 17 September 2023

A selection of glass works inspired by the techniques and world of the Venetian glass masters

9 - 17 september

Tuesday - Sunday

10 am → 1 pm / 2 pm → 6 pm

On the occasion of The Venice Glass Week 2023, Fondazione dell’Albero d'Oro in collaboration with the Fondation Étrillard of Geneva and Swiss manufacturing company ALCO will be welcoming on the ground floor of Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, an historic residence overlooking the Grand Canal, glass works created by the students of the Master in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, part of a Murano glass research project, under the artistic direction of designer Ini Archibong.

Access to the exhibition L'Arte del Vetro Grezzo includes access to the photography exhibition Nikos Aliagas. Regards Vénitiens.

This research project began with a visit of manufactures on the Venetian island of Murano, internationally renowned for its glassmaking history. During one week the students have had the chance to meet a number of artisans and discover with them ancient production techniques. At the heart of these prestigious factories, every detail is potentially transformed into a source of inspiration: a tool, raw blocks of glass, scraps accumulated in containers or blown glass pieces stacked for decades on wooden shelves.

As well as the techniques and creative worlds that emerged from these workshops, the inspiration also came from life in Venice, which many of the students (from ten different nationalities) were discovering for the first time: the omnipresence of water, the colours and reflections, the erosion of materials and the contrast between the different elements.

The work of the students, under the guidance of designer Ini Archibong, led to the selection of five concepts, grouped together in works made from raw materials. In the form of ready-mades, the aim of this exhibition is to capture the history and skills of the Master glassmakers through creative compositions featuring simple rods, plates or blocks of glass, produced in Murano using specific processes handed down from generation to generation.

To celebrate the seventh edition of The Venice Glass Week 2023 festival, Fondazione dell'Albero d'Oro is hosting a special free event on Wednesday 13 September.