WHITE LIGHT | WHITE HEAT
Curated by Adriano Berengo, James Putnam
01.06 – 24.11.2013
Palazzo Franchetti, Venice; Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Murano; Scuola Grande Confraternita di San Teodoro, Venice
In collaboration with London College of Fashion (LFC) and The Wallace Collection, London
Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition | La Biennale di Venezia
GLASSTRESS, the great side event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – the Venice Biennale, now in its third edition, continues to involve artists from all over the world and to captivate the public with extraordinary glass artworks.
Glasstress. White Light / White Heat, curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam, opens to the public from June 1st to November 24th 2013 in three prestigious locations and sees the presence of the artists dealing with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working.
His great passion for contemporary art and glass led Berengo to create Glasstress, a successful event which has brought together 65 internationally renowned artists to work in its furnace with enthusiasm and team spirit. Many of them have been confronted for the first time with this bright and ductile material and are giving birth to works of high artistic and communicative value. The success met by
Glasstress started on the occasion of the 2009 edition of the Venice Biennale and brought together more than 200 artists, receiving – as a result of significant shows held in Europe – proposals from major museums in other continents such as America and Asia.
Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a mouldable fluid, resulting in a solid substance with a chaotic molecular structure, which offers to light an unlimited variety of surfaces, colours, transparencies and reflections that have intrigued the artists involved and contributed significantly to the creation of unique works.
The exhibition takes place in three locations, namely: in addition to the now familiar venues of Palazzo Cavalli – Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti – Venetian Institute of
Sciences, Letters and Arts (Campo S. Stefano) and the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass (Murano), this year a third institution has joined: the Scuola Grande of the Confraternity of San Teodoro (San Marco).