Designers: Cini Boeri, Breaking The Mould, Michele Burato, Simone Crestani, Laura De Santillana, Fabio Fornasier, Cleto Munari for Massimiliano Fuksas, Mimmo Paladino, Richard Meier and Alessandro Mendini, Silvano Rubino, Tobia Scarpa, Marina and Susanna Sent.
Curators: Luca Berta, Francesca Giubilei.
Whilst in the Accademia area, the exhibitions revolved around Wood Obsession, glass was the protagonist in Castello, where you could visit In the Mood for Glass – a collective exhibition displaying some of the best artists and designers that work with this material following either artisanal or industrial processes. Murano glass played the leading role in this gathering. One of the masterpieces on show at Sant’Anna Project Space was the ‘sculpture dress’ designed by the Venetian duo Marina and Susanna Sent, a dress made of light artisanal glass beads.
In this exhibition, there was a new interpretation of the traditional Murano glass chandelier that Fabio Fornasier turned into a fluid and hyper-contemporary creature, the innovative surfaces of the collection entitled Breaking the Mould by AUT (Riccardo Berrone, Federico Bovara, Luca Coppola), Chiara Onida, Dario Stellon and Marco Zito in the Salviati kiln.
With the ethereal volumes of Laura De Santillana, the achromatic minimalism of Silvano Rubino and the impressive crystal and dichroic glass mortars by Michele Burato, the artists’ creative thoughts were translated into matter by Murano masters. The history of glass design is magnificently represented by the Veronese vases that Cleto Munari has made in collaboration with Massimiliano Fuksas, Mimmo Paladino, Matteo Thun, Richard Meier, Tobia Scarpa, and Mario Botta. There will be also other types of glass: for example the famous industrial glass Ghost chair by Cini Boeri and the borosilicate glass bonsai created by Simone Crestani.