More than 65 works, of which 18 are being shown for the first time in this inaugural exhibition of the Murano Maestro in his homeland.
InGalleria – Punta Conterie
Fondamenta Giustinian, 1 — Murano, Venezia
8.9.2019 — 31.12.2019
Inaugural project of the new “InGalleria” exhibition space at Punta Conterie is “Lino Tagliapietra. Glasswork” from 8 September to 31 December 2019. The Maestro’s first solo exhibition in his homeland. Installations and previously unseen works will see the return of the extraordinary artistic vision and creative capacity of the most important glass artist known throughout the world. Blown glass shapes by the Maestro will draw, in a chromatic crescendo, a sinuous path through the magic of glass and the extraordinary spaces of the new Murano hub.
Considered one of the greatest interpreters of glass art in the world, Lino Tagliapietra will exhibit in Murano for the first time a selection of works – partly from his historic archive, partly made expressly for this exhibition – in a journey that has been planned to retrace some of the Maestro’s artistic history.
Curated by Alessandro Vecchiato as the inaugural project of the new exhibition space InGalleria at Punta Conterie, Lino Tagliapietra. Glasswork promises to be a unique exhibition of its kind in which the blown glass shapes from the Maestro explode as true works of art, in a chromatic kaleidoscope that seem to defy the force of gravity. Experience, technique, investigation, experimentation, all become the ABC of Lino Tagliapietra’s creative vocabulary, a tribute to the history of Murano and at the same time evidence of the expressive freedom gained in over forty years of work.
Composed of 65 collected works in 9 installations grouped according to a chromatic scale extended from the most delicate neutral colours to the intensity of primary shades, the exhibition will open with the installation Wings of Glass, in which engraved glass seagulls will accompany the visitor in a journey from the ground floor to the upper floor towards the exhibition areas of InGalleria.
Many and varied works are on display at Glasswork, from Avventura – 50 small and unique shapes made with avventurina, a process of mixing translucent crystalline dough with brilliant copper crystals invented in Murano in the first half of the seventeenth century — to the iconic Dinosauri, recognised by their twisted necks that stretch gracefully upwards, from the Masai totems in the shape of leaves to Concerto di Primavera, notable for the use of a grinding process with outstanding use of transparency, highlighting shape and colour.
In the centre of the main entrance hall there is an impactful installation, where 10 Fuji works in bright colours are in dialogue with a floral arrangement designed to enhance the purity of the tonal shades used by the Maestro.
Colour is also the theme which unites the extraordinary Venice Panel, hanging in apparent weightlessness, and the installation Endeavor in which 12 suspended gondolas of different colours and shapes invite you to take in the view of the San Donato canal in Murano. A dialogue of osmosis between inside and outside, between natural nuances and those of glass, between the colours of the lagoon and those that Lino Tagliapietra has made his own in a life-long career.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue edited by Alessandro Vecchiato with Designwork graphics.
Lino Tagliapietra was born in Murano on 10 August 1934 and began working in a glass furnace at the age of 11 as a “garzonetto” or boy assistant at the Archimede Seguso glassworks where he remained until 1955, when he followed his brother Silvano to the Galliano Ferro glass factory. In this workshop he worked his way up through all the stages of skill in glass typical of the Murano furnaces until in 1956 he became assistant master and then in 1957 first master. For just over a year, from 1966 to 1968, he worked at the Venini glassworks. At the end of 1968 he was hired by the newly founded “La Murrina” company where, for the first time, he not only made but also created some of the company’s most typical designs. A lamp of his design and execution produced by La Murrina, “Il Formichiere”, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1972 Barcelona Fair. In 1975, together with his brother Silvano and others, he was among the promoters and participants in the first course for artists at the International Glass School. Courses also took place in 1978 and 1981.