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On a Thursday afternoon we entered the garden of Palazzo Franchetti to visit the exhibition put together by Berengo Studio with the unique collaboration of The State Hermitage Museum for the 56th edition of Glasstress. It goes without saying that we could not have dreamed of a better place for the newly commissioned art works in glass, all with a Gothic theme, to be presented.
|A view down the stairs inside the Palazzo Franchetti|
Climbing the 16th century Carrara marble stairs of this Neo-Gothic Palazzo we were immediately seduced by the scenery. A constant dialogue between the pieces and the beautiful background of the Palazzo operated during the whole exhibition with the Grand Canal following us through the Murano hand blown glass windows.
|“Stones” Glass and Ceramic by Johan Creten – Sint Truiden, Belgium. 2015|
There, in a corner, glass stones purposely displayed on primary colored cement pedestals contrasted beautifully with the Genovese marble walls. The Gothic resonated throughout the whole Palazzo, from the broken arches and ornate ceilings to the massive hand blown glass armored soldier that welcomed us on the second floor.
|“The Suburbs”Glass and Steel by by Diana Al-Hadid “Hurt Locker” Glass and Wire by Penny Byrne|
The red and silver Venetian silk walls and 16th century oak parquet floors of the private salons and library were the perfect background for the majestic chandeliers, bronze and glass sculptures…
|“Glass Medusa” Glass Bronze by Koen Vanmechelen|
|“Mirror Mirror” Mixed Media by Petah Coyne – Oklahoma City, USA. 2015|
|“Awakener/Life Bank” Bronze and Glass by Koen Vanmechelen – Sint-Truiden, Belgium 2015|
|Detail of “Awakener/Life Bank”|
|“Relic Glass #1, Crossroads series 9” Glass sculptures by Bart Dorsa – California, Russia 2015|
Once again Il Maestro Berengo delighted us with his selection of beautiful pieces, mixing glass, bronze, and wood.
If you are in Venice or planning a trip to Venice between now and November 22nd, please jump off the Vaporetto at the Academia and cross the Grand Canal to visit Palazzo Franchetti. We hope you will enjoy as much as we did this beautiful exhibition.
GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA
The 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Palazzo Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti
(Venetian Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts)
Campo S. Stefano, 2847 Venice