Fondazione Berengo was founded as a leading institutional voice to introduce glass to the world of contemporary art. An extension of Adriano Berengo’s original vision, which began with his studio in Murano back in 1989, the foundation works to provide a platform for revitalising the centuries-old traditions of Venetian glass while also working to foster a vibrant community of contemporary art through innovative collaborations and partnerships.
Based in the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in the heart of Venice the Fondazione saw the launch of the critically acclaimed Glasstress exhibition in 2009. The project debuted as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, displaying artworks in the historical Palazzo for five consecutive editions. Thanks to its success Glasstress became a traveling event presented in the cities of Riga, Stockholm, New York, Beirut, London and in 2015 enjoyed a prestigious collaboration with the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
In 2016 the Fondazione launched collaborations with prestigious international institutions and personalities, for the exhibitions Tony Cragg, Sculptures and Drawings, St. Petersburg, Glassfever, Dordrecht, Zaha Hadid, Venice, Robert Wilson in Glass, Venice. In 2018 the Fondazione partnered with the artistic duo Penzo+Fiore to present an exhibition series called Radical in the Palazzo space which works to spotlight contemporary artists and cultivate new talents.
As a second home for Glasstress, and the future permanent collection, the Fondazione opened an exhibition space in Murano in an abandoned glass furnace. In 2019 it is this unique space that holds the anniversary edition of Glasstress to celebrate a decade of the original project.
Fondazione Berengo is vital force in Venice’s contemporary art scene and has created a vibrant artistic community dedicated to enriching the possibilities of artistic practice with glass, as well as supporting art in other mediums inspired by its creative potential.