A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents the results of a very unique collaboration: The collaboration between architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) and Paolo Venini, founder of the venerated Venetian glass workshop Venini Glass in Murano. The two masters worked together for around 15 years and the ancient art of glass blowing was elevated to new heights.
Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Compay, 1932-1947 is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 5th, 2013 to March2nd, 2014. *All works depicted are designed by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) for Venini glassworks unless otherwise noted. Images courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Red lacquered glass vase, ca. 1940, and Red lacquered glass vase, ca. 1942. Both in private collections *Part of the Laccati neri e rossi series, ca. 1940
Truncated cone-shaped glass vase of murrine romane technique, ca. 1936. Private collection *Part of Murrine romane series, ca. 1936-40
[left to right] Green mezza filigrana glass bowl of ovoid section, 1934. Private collection *Part of the Mezza filigrana series, ca. 1934-36
Rigati e tessuti glass vases and bowl ca. 1938–1940. Private collection; Private collection; Chiara and Francesco Carraro Collection, Venice; European Collection *Part of the Rigati e tessuti series, ca. 1938-48
Green pulegoso glass vase with side grips, disc foot and iridized surface, 1932. Chiara and Francesco Carraro Collection, Venice
Green ovoid sommerso glass vase with gold-leaf inclusions and twisted ribbing on the interior, ca. 1934. Lent by The Steinberg Foundation, Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass *Part of the Sommersi series, ca. 1934-36
Truncated cone-shaped glass vase with velato finish and incisi decorations, ca. 1940–42. Private collection Glass vase with jagged rim, velato finish, and deep incisi decorations, ca. 1940–42 Private collection *Part of the Incisi series, 1940-1942
Thick glass bowl with irregular battuto finish, ca. 1940. The Steinberg Foundation *Part of the Battuti series, ca. 1936-45
Clear mole-gray (talpa) glass bowl with central abstract macchie decoration in blue and black glass, iridized, ca. 1942. Chiara and Francesco Carraro Collection, Venice *Part of the Macchie series, ca. 1942
Thick black glass vase with battuto finish ca. 1940; Yellow cased glass vase with battuto finish, ca. 1947. Private collection, Treviso *Part of the Battuti series, ca. 1936-45
Truncated cone-shaped red and black lacquered glass vase, ca. 1940, and red and black lacquered glass bowl, ca. 1938. Private collection, Treviso *Part of the Laccati neri e rossi series, ca. 1940
Carlo Scarpa (on right) with glassmaker Arturo Biasutto in the Venini factory, Murano 1943. Archivio Storico Luce
Bottle, glasses, tray, and small bowl in clear uncolored a spirale glass with aquamarine (acquamare) decoration, ca. 1936. Lent by The Steinberg Foundation, Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass *Part of the A Cerchi, A Fasce, A Spirale Series, ca. 1936-1938
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