Murano glass animals from Pierre Rosenberg's collection on display in Venice

After several postponements due to the pandemic, the long-awaited exhibition on Murano glass animals from the collection of Pierre Rosenberg, historic director of the Louvre, finally opens to the public in Venice.

It opened to the public on April 26, 2021 in Venice, at The Glass Rooms on the island of San Giorgio the exhibition The Glass Ark. The Animal Collection of Pierre Rosenberg, curated by Giordana Naccari and Cristina Beltrami, which traces, in an original and engaging way, the history of twentieth-century Murano glass through an unprecedented angle: the glass animal. And this is through a selection of pieces from the unique collection of Pierre Rosenberg, historic director of the Louvre in Paris. The more than 750 pieces on display (elephants, hippos, cats, giraffes, bears, parrots, fish, turtles, foxes... and even tiny insects made in full-scale lamplight) belong to the personal collection Rosenberg put together over 30 years of assiduous frequentation of Venice.

There is no shortage of specimens from the most famous series such as Napolene Martinuzzi’s pulegosi, Tyra Lundgren ’s birds or Toni Zuccheri ’s for Venini. Alongside well-known specimens by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, zebrates by Barovier & Toso, and aquariums by Alfredo Barbini, the exhibition will offer a vast sampling of animals made by lesser-known but equally interesting glassworks on the front of technical and formal experimentation in twentieth-century Murano. Demonstrating the inexhaustible inspiration of the subject, the exhibition will also include sculptures by living artists such as Cristiano Bianchin, Isabelle Poilprez, Maria Grazia Rosin and Giorgio Vigna.

The layout is curated by Denise Carnini and Francesca Pedrotti, set designers lent to narrate this glass zoo designed on a child’s scale. Accompanying the exhibition is an animation video made by Giulia Savorani, a visual artist and filmmaker who, starting with drawings on glass, has given life to a fairy tale conceived for this occasion by Giordana Naccari.

In conjunction with the opening to the public, the exhibition can also be visited in virtual mode thanks to the new 3D virtual tour that will allow visitors to delve, room by room, into the extraordinary works on display thanks to numerous textual, photographic and video contributions dedicated to the Venetian production of glass animals.

The exhibition will be open until August 1.

For all information you can visit the official website of The Rooms of Glass.

Ph. credit: Enrico Fiorese

Murano glass animals from Pierre Rosenberg's collection on display in Venice
Murano glass animals from Pierre Rosenberg's collection on display in Venice

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