Venini: Traditional Glass Creations in San Marco

by Elena Brunello

Venini: the strength and frailty of glassmaking, the Venetian art par excellence

The bond between Venini, Venice, and the art of glassmaking dates back to 1921. A journey ancient, beautiful, and delicate as the material that the city has hand blown for centuries, making it the Venetian handicraft par excellence.

Since almost a century, Venini has gained international recognition for a uniqueness that stems from bringing the art of glassmaking into the larger context of art by collaborating with legendary artists, designers, and architects. Architect Gae Aulenti, artist Ettore Sottsass, Fulvio Bianconi (renowned for the iconic ‘Handkerchief’ vases), Mario Bellini, Alessandro Mendini and Timo Sarpaneva are just some of the nomes that pop out when we think of Venini’s creations. An art as delicate as its products, each one forged by hand and brought to life by the passion and the creativity of the Lagoon’s artisans. Learning about glassmaking in Venice means plunging into the city’s very culture. The Venini Museum was founded in 2009, in order to bring into light the astonishing collection of images, drawings, works, and prototypes that was found in the company’s headquarters in the island of Murano. More than 45,000 drawings, by artists such as Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti, and Tadao Ando. Venini is a benchmark for the glass art.

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