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Murano today by Gabriella Belli and Chiara Squarcina

A glass by Franco Beraldo is included by curators Gabriella Belli and Chiara Squarcina in the exhibition "Murano Oggi". 7 October 2016 - 25 April 2017 Museo del Vetro di Murano _ The history of Murano's artistic glass is not only ancient and extraordinarily unique, but also and above all, a living and current reality. "Murano Oggi is more than an exhibition because it encodes and bears witness to a historical moment that reveals a renewed interest in the universe of glass and in this material, which is as ductile as it is complex to shape, and which reverberates a silent sentiment translating the extreme expressive potential of an intuition. The approximately 200 selected works, set up in the rooms of the Museum and in the adjacent garden, thus give life to a contemporary itinerary that will offer as exhaustive a vision as possible of the state of the art and of the different techniques and productions, reaffirming the creative uniqueness that is still synonymous with the island's creative energy. The selection examines not only artistic artefacts but also functional and design ones, an interesting opportunity to understand the evolution of this extraordinary production sector, both in technical and more aesthetic terms; an itinerary that intertwines and dialogues with the extraordinary history and quality of the precious glass heritage owned by the Civic Museums. In the halls of the former Conterie, in the Brandolini Hall and in the garden of Palazzo da Mula, works by designers alternate with works created and conceived by master glassmakers, and artistic installations. Ancient techniques are re-proposed, and it is possible to admire current reinterpretations and experiments that combine the communicative power of glass, which in this exhibition demonstrates its ability to conquer its own precise contemporary identity but imposes itself TODAY with innovative pride and experimental obstinacy. "The DNA of glass runs through this lagoon island. This is the true and only difference that will always make Murano glass special, not by choice but by definition". Edited by Gabriella Belli and Chiara Squarcina.

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