Cristiano Bianchin, Figure
Through glass I feel the need to bring out an aspect that Venice has forgotten:
the tradition of making.
On the occasion of The Venice Glass Week 2018, the Gallerie dell’Accademia, in collaboration with Caterina Tognon Vetro Contemporaneo, are proud to present a selection of glass sculptures by Cristiano Bianchin (Venice, 1963).
For the second time, the Gallerie dell’Accademia take part in the international kermesse dedicated to glass, exposing an artist who, since 1992, has almost exclusively worked on the creation of art in this material and has worked with great continuity and dedication in the furnaces of Murano: the Anfora furnace, led by Renzo Ferro with the master glassworker Andrea Zilio and master cold worker Giacomo Barbini, has become his artistic residence.
For Bianchin, glassmaking constitutes a necessary analysis of his own artistic language, based on classic glassmaking techniques from Murano compared to contemporary experimentations.
Gold, red and black are the dominant colours of the sculptures selected to interact with the museum’s heritage, creating a fertile contrast with artworks ranging from precious gold ground paintings to Canova’s white plaster casts.
CRISTIANO BIANCHIN | SHORT BIO
Cristiano Bianchin (Venezia, 1963) lives and works in Venice. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, where he studied under the direction of the renowned abstract painter Emilio Vedova and graduated in painting in 1987.
Bianchin conceives his own artistic language as a reading of experimental poetics involving the possible exchange between the sensuality of seeing and the materials used in art. His first experiments in glass date from 1992, when he began working with the Murano furnaces. He believes on the value of the classical glass techniques from Murano and he compares them with the most recent and contemporary formal languages.
His main themes are mainly developed through forms related to the human body, in glass as well as in his use of textile art and drawings.
In 1993, he was invited to exhibit two large pieces in hand-made hemp and a large drawing at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, in the Deterritoriale Section of the 45th Venice Biennale of Arts, and in 2009 at the Padiglione VENEZIA, 53th Venice Biennale of Arts, where some of his glass pieces were part of the exhibition …Fa come natura face in foco - Dante.
In 2011, he was given a solo room at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris on the occasion of the exhibition: Verre à Venise. 3 artistes, 3 visions - Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira, Laura de Santillana. In 2017 he won the Glass In Venice Award.