Editi-Inediti: disegnare ‘in vetro’
September 19 - December 23, 2022
Istituto di Storia dell’Arte
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
On the occasion of the International Year of Glass 2022 and in continuity with the Italian Glass Weeks festival, the Glass Study Centre of the Institute of Art History of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini presents an unprecedented exhibition itinerary through a selection of papers and artist notebooks coming from its own archives.
Set up in the spaces of the Nuova Manica Lunga section, the central core of the exhibition project will be the works on paper, projects, sketches and drawings never exhibited before and published by Cristiano Bianchin, Silvano Rubino and Giorgio Vigna: three glass artists of international fame who donated their archives to the Glass Study Centre.
The exhibition consists of about fifty papers resulting from scrupulous archival research and the exhibition itinerary is specially designed to tell each author through a specific corpus of works that highlights their different approach, both design and creative. Through the artists' annotations and variations, the watercolors, charcoals and pastels on display will tell multiple and personal stories of creativity, rethinking and experimentation.
The formal repertoire of Cristiano Bianchin evokes dreamlike imaginaries with figures such as snakes, totems and unlikely human 'shadows', to be created by expertly applying the techniques of the Murano tradition – iridescent, murrine, blown bubbles, ribbed, milky glass, etched, filigree 'reticello' – and mixing various materials such as brass, wool, hemp.
Silvano Rubino's references are instead supported and animated by a balanced poetics of thrusts into the most contemporary practices, marked by the perpetual and intelligent confrontation with sculpture, painting, photography, disciplines that serve as a reference throughout his design process.
Finally, a weave of precious and colorful creations returns the language and style of Giorgio Vigna, his natural tendency to the most elegant simplicity, in some cases sweetened by precious interventions in gold leaf and countless quotes from the natural world.
With the aim of emphasizing the importance of preserving both historical and digital archives, the Venetian Glass Archive promotes Glass Pills. Three artists working in glass, a series of periodic video-appointments visible on the social networks of the Cini Foundation and LE STANZE DEL VETRO starting from 30 August, whose protagonists are once again Bianchin, Rubino and Vigna.
Click on the image below to watch the interview with artist Cristiano Bianchin: