THE ORIGINS OF GLASSFEVER – Part Four (2015)
Fourth and last espisode of the path created by Fondazione Berengo and John Sillevis of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to get close to “Glassfever – Contemporary Art in Glass”. In the first three episodes we talked about key exhibitions: “The Secret of Murano” (The Hague – Het Paleis) in 1997, the one at the Venetiaanse Gaanderijen in Oostende, Belgium, in 2001 and the one at the seaside of Kijkduin, in 2007, for the Sculptuur Biënnale. In this last episode, John Sillevis talks about Glasstress, the series of exhibitions created by Adriano Berengo.
“Glasstress exhibitions at Palazzo Franchetti (Venice, 2009 – 2015) have always been recognized as Official Collateral Events of the Venice Biennale of Art, allowing the cultural project created by Adriano Berengo to be appreciated and enriched by world-famous protagonists of contemporary art such as the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen. In 2015, Koen presented his site specific installation Awakener/Lifebank (Murano Glass, bronze, iron, wood, ancient seeds, living plants), realized in partnership with Slow Food, focusing on eco-sustainability and bio-diversity.
The installation, renewed for the occasion, will find a new home in Dordrecht during Glassfever – Contemporary Art in Glass. Adriano Berengo will prove once again that Murano Glass can be a key element in the world of sculpture, allowing the development of new concepts.”