The Glass Ark

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The Glass Ark. Animals in the Pierre Rosenberg Collection
an exhibition in San Giorgio Maggiore Island
the glass ark

The exhibition “The Glass Ark” is dedicated to the extraordinary collection of Pierre Rosenberg, former director of the Louvre Museum in Paris, and retraces in an original and engaging way the history of Murano glass in the twentieth century through an unusual angle: the glass animal. The collection is curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami.

The more than 750 pieces on display – elephants, hippos, cats, giraffes, bears, parrots, fish, turtles, foxes… and even tiny insects made in full-scale lampwork – belong to the personal collection that Pierre Rosenberg has put together in thirty years of assiduous attendance in Venice.

There is no shortage of examples from the most famous series, such as the pulegosi by Napolene Martinuzzi, the birds by Tyra Lundgren or Toni Zuccheri for Venini. Alongside the well-known examples by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, the zebra stripes by Barovier & Toso, the aquariums by Alfredo Barbini, the exhibition will propose a vast sample of animals made by lesser-known glassworks but equally interesting in terms of technical and formal experimentation in 20th century Murano.


Location: San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice

Schedule: from April 26 to August 1, 2021

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