The autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, curated by Marino Barovier, will focus on the American artist Thomas Stearns, who collaborated with the Venini glassworks in the early 1960s. After the initial period during which Stearns familiarised with local techniques, he started to create works of an extremely original character and unusual for Murano. Various series of glass pieces came into being, designed as an artistic impression of a sculptural kind, characterised by asymmetric and organic shapes and unusual glass techniques, rooted in the material of glass itself and with singular colour schemes. For the 31st Venice Biennale in 1962, Venini chose to exhibit, together with Tobia Scarpa’s works, six pieces by the American artist, which were rewarded with the accolades of the adjudication panel. Celebrated are his pieces Il cappello del Doge, the Facciate di Venezia. The gold medal was proposed for them but could only be awarded to an Italian artist. Stearns was also interested in cold finishing techniques and in the lighting sector, as artistic expression as well as technical research.
The exhibition will be exceptionally open on 11th September 2019, while for the rest of the duration of the exhibition, LE STANZE DEL VETRO will be closed on Wednesdays.