Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
Moderator: Jean Blanchaert, Curator and critic
Monica Guggisberg, Artist
Philip Baldwin, Artist
Rinaldo Invernizzi, Owner, Barovier&Toso
Maurizio Mussati, Founding Partner, WonderGlass
Alberto Cavalli, Executive Director, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, and General Director, Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte
Gallerist, curator and art critic, for more than thirty years Jean Blanchaert has run the family gallery founded by his mother Silvia in 1957, in Milan, which has always specialized in contemporary materials. He has curated dozens of exhibitions in institutional venues, in the fields of glass, ceramics, iron and marble, but also in art and photography. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the monthly magazine Art e Dossier (Giunti Editore). In 2017, in the frame of the first edition of The Venice Glass Week, an international festival dedicated to the art of glass, Jean Blanchaert was curator, together with Noah Khoshbin, of the exhibition Robert Wilson in Glass, organized by Fondazione Berengo. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee, chaired by Rosa Barovier Mentasti, of The Venice Glass Week. In September 2018 he was curator of the Best of Europe room of Homo Faber, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.
Philip Baldwin (1947) and Monica Guggisberg (1955), have been a collaborative team for over forty years. They share an instinctive appreciation for the subtle blending of art and design, functionality and abstract expression, combined with a love of material – especially glass. Over time their work has developed its own distinctive signature, based in Italian cold -working « battuto » combined with the Swedish overlay process for layering colors. They have been pioneers in adapting these techniques and in creating an individual expression of their own. Color, light, texture, pattern, and shape together reveal an undercurrent of meaning and value, adhering to the simplest of forms and clear lines. Over the years they have become more sculptural in focus, while seeking to imbue their work with a deep connection to archetypal forms and shapes, and striving for the highest level of craftsmanship. Their work focusses on eternal symbols of human culture and history, while addressing contemporary challenges and issues. In recent years, large installations and major exhibitions in public spaces, such as “Under an Equal Sky” at Canterbury Cathedral in 2018, and more recently “Walking in the Void” at the Glasmuseum Ebeltoft in Denmark 2020-2021) increasingly reflect their concerns for the shared world of our times, highlighting some of the daunting problems while continuing to express their love for beauty in form and object. They live and work in rural Wales.
Rinaldo Invernizzi is the owner of Barovier & Toso. Barovier & Toso is one of the most important glass firms in Murano, Venice. Barovier family started up their business activities in the middle of the 13th century and therefore the firm is the sixth most ancient family business in the world that is still operating. Since 1295 Barovier & Toso creates objects that are the equivalent of uniqueness and perfection. Luxury lighting products with unique, perfect and timeless shapes.
Maurizio Mussati (Bocconi and INSEAD graduate) is a veteran of the design industry with previous substantial experience in international consultancy (Accenture, Booz Hallen & Hamilton) and private equity (InvestIndustrial, presently shareholder of Flos, B&B, Knoll). Before founding WonderGlass Group, he has been CEO of Established & Sons for eight years, Managing Director of Lighting at Moooi and, prior to that, Director at Flos and CEO of Castaldi lighting. He has been Advisor to the Board of Bisazza, Lasvit and Bosa.
After graduating in International Political Sciences at the Cattolica University in Milan, and after a Master Class in Communication, Alberto Cavalli starts his career in fashion working for a well-known Milanese PR Agency. In 2001 he joins the Dolce & Gabbana International Press Office, where he works until 2007 as Press Office Manager. In parallel he keeps a role as researcher at the University and develops a career as journalist. In 2007 he is named “Lifestyle and Luxury Goods Correspondent” by Vedomosti and “How to spend it” magazine. In 2007 he joins Franco Cologni to direct his Italian no-profit Foundation (Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte) dedicated to the promotion and protection of the finest Italian arts and crafts. In his role as General Manager he creates and follows a number of successful projects, from internships aimed at young artisans to the publishing of books and magazines, from academic research to teaching. In 2009 he co-curates the book “Mestieri d’arte e Made in Italy. Giacimenti culturali da riscoprire”, followed by “Artefici di bellezza” in 2013 and by “Il Valore del mestiere” in 2014, all published by Marsilio Editori. From 2010 he is a professor at the Creative Academy in Milan, and from 2014 at Milan's Politecnico University. In 2016 he is named Executive Co-Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, a private, non-for-profit institution with the aim to promote, protect and perpetuate the métiers d’art of excellence. For the Michelangelo Foundation he curates, in 2018, the international event “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future” (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice).
Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
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