An exhibition in Venice celebrates glass in modern design


From Gio Ponti to Gae Aulenti, an exhibition in Venice celebrates glass in modern design

Furniture and glass objects produced by the historic Italian brand Fontana Arte are exhibited on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in VeniceItaly, from April 4 to July 31, 2022.
Entitled Fontana Arte. Vivere nel vetro (Fontana Arte Living in Glass), the exhibition is part of The stanze del vetro (The glass rooms), a project designed by Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice, Italy) and Pentagram Stiftung (Chur, Switzerland).

Organized by Christian Larsonthe exhibition will offer a wide overview of the furniture and glass objects produced by FontanaArte at the time when four eminent artistic directors collaborated with the company: Gio Ponti (from 1932 to 1933), Peter Chiesa (from 1933 to 1948), Max Ingrand (from 1954 to 1967), and Gae Aulenti (from 1979 to 1996).
With 85 worksthe exhibition will particularly emphasize the poetic possibilities of flat glass, an industrial material widely used by many designers and artists who have collaborated with the Milanese company throughout its history.

Cover image: Pietro Chiesa, “Cartoccio” Vases, c. 1938, lozenge pressed glass, private collection and Marco Arosio collection; photo Enrico Fiorese


Max Ingrand, Flower Vase, 1954, colored glass plate and nickel-plated brass, 7×31
cm, Michela Cattai Gallery; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, Model 1815 table lamp, 1957, brass, glass and lacquered metal,
60×31 cm, Michela Cattai Gallery; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Pietro Chiesa, Boxes, 1939, glass, wood and lacquered brass, various sizes; photo Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, Coffee table, 1955, wood and glass, 46×51.5×49 cm, private collection; Photo
Enrico Fiorese.


Max Ingrand, Chandelier “Dahlia” model 1563A, ca. 1955, polished brass, curved glass, 51×129 cm, Marco Arosio Collection; photo Enrico Fiorese


Gio Ponti, Chandelier model 0024, 1933, glass and nickel-plated brass, 50×45 cm,
Marco Arosio collection.

Fontana Arte. Vivere nel vetro”
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
April 4 – July 31, 2022


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