Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
Exhibition: 11 MAY – 26 NOVEMBER 2017
Organizzato da 11 Maggio – 26 Novembre 2017
Curated by/ curato da
Dimitri Ozerkov, Herwig Kempinger, Adriano Berengo
consultant Clare Phyllis Davies
San Marco 2847 / Campo Santo Stefano
30124 Venedig / Italien
Berengo  Space
Campiello della Pescheria, Murano

Palazzo Franchetti | San Marco 2847, Venice
Berengo Exhibition Space | Campiello della Pescheria, Murano:
Fondazione Berengo
Loris Gréaud
The Unplayed Notes Factory
Exhibition: May 13–November 26, 2017
Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud,
a special project of GLASSTRESS 2017
Campiello della Pescheria
30141 Murano, Venice Italy
Hours: Saturday–Monday | 1–4pm
Loris Gréaud, The Unplayed Notes Factory, 2017. 3D rendering.
Photo: Gréaudstudio. © Loris Gréaud, Gréaudstudio.
Returning to Venice for the 57th Venice Biennale, GLASSTRESS brings together 40 leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, the Middle East and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass. Conceived by Fondazione Berengo, the project will take place in two exceptional historic locations: Palazzo Franchetti in Venice and a converted furnace in Murano.
Since its debut as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale in 2009, GLASSTRESS has revived the traditional craft of Murano glass blowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform show casing ground breaking new works in glass.
Charles Avery, Untitled (Ninth stand #1) / detail,
2017, glass, steel, plastic containers, fabric, brick, wood, blood, acrylic, 165 x 108 x 79 cm, Courtesy the artist and Berengo Studio, Photo credit: Francesco Allegretto
The 2017 edition of GLASSTRESS presents an impressive line – up of artists including
Ai Weiwei, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jan Fabre, Abdulnasser Gharem , Tony Oursler, Laure Prouvost, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte and Sarah Sze. With little or no prior experience working with glass, these artists have embraced the challenge of creating extraordinary works in this very delicate medium in collaboration with Muranese artisans. The remarkable output of this unusual encounter defies t he stereotypes associated with this ancient craft, ultimately pushing the boundaries of both contemporary art and glass.
Ai Weiwei who has experimented with Murano glass for the first time says:
“I think what Berengo did is exceptionally brilliant. The idea, the concept is so strong. He believes in contemporary expression, but at the same time tries to develop this old technique into a new language. I’m a contemporary artist, but I am always learning and working with tradition.”
Major highlights from the 5th edition of GLASSTRESS exhibited at Palazzo Franchetti include Gartenzwerge, an installation of colourful and geometric sculptures reminiscent of garden gnomes produced by German artist Thomas Schütte. Scottish artist Charles Avery transposes his signature fictional island to the Venetian lagoon, with an installation depicting the long journey of eels from his hometown, Oban, to Venice.
The artist has been inspired by the act of glassmaking as a way to discover an objective truth through physical movement, strength and timing. Brigitte Kowanz and Erwin Wurm, both representing the Austrian Pavilion this year, also experiment with glass and conceive striking installations at the 19th Century palace.
Brigitte Kowanz
American artist Sarah Sze has collaborated with glass masters to create a site – specific installation composed of shards, Cotissi, informed by her experience of working
in the furnace. Her intervention traces the confines of the Palazzo Franchetti with a delicate, but strong line of shards of glass circling the architecture and echoing the shades of blue and green of the Laguna.
Iraqi artist Halim Al-Karim recounts his exile in the desert during the first Gulf War with a mirrorin engraved Murano glass, combining his poetry with traditional Venetian art.Kuwaiti artistMonira Al Qadiripresents seven sculptures of oil drill heads made of iridescent glass, Amorphous Solid Ghost,mimicking artefacts. The installation attempts to conjure the premonition that fossil fuels will soon become obsolete as an energy source, and pre-emptively positions oil drilling as an inexplicable human activity from ancient times. Abdulnasser Gharem, Saudi Arabia’smost important conceptual artist, addresses themes of Islamic cultural identity in contemporary society, drawing his inspiration from his previous experience as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi army. His work The Stamp(Moujaz)takes on a satirical view of bureaucracy in the Arab world.
Clare Phyllis Davies states that the fragility and translucence of glass combined with malleability of form and nuance of colour makes the medium serve as an ideal foil for effects and currents that would otherwise remain at the threshold of human perception.
In the garden of Palazzo Franchetti, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen presents a spectacular installation exploring recycling and sustainability supported by ECO-oh!
In Murano,where the exhibition continues, Loris Gréaud makes his GLASSTRESS debut with a special projectat Berengo Exhibition Space. The French artist will bring an abandoned glass furnace back to life with his immersive and performative solo exhibition The Unplayed Notes Factory curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. The Campiello della Pescheria furnace, shut down for the last 60 years, willhost an unofficial glass production line with an almost alchemical ambition to crystallise time.
GLASSTRESS 2017 is curated by Dimitri Ozerkov (Director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), Herwig Kempinger (President of Secession, Association of Visual Artists, Vienna) and Adriano Berengo (President of Fondazione Berengo and founder of GLASSTRESS, Venice), with the consultancy of Clare Phyllis Davies (Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).The Unplayed Notes Factoryby Loris Gréaud is curatedindependently by Nicolas Bourriaud.
New Artists Ai Weiwei (China), Charles Avery (UK), Dike Blair (USA), Graham Fagen (UK), Gaia Fugazza (Italy), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Loris Gréaud (France), Xenia Hausner (Austria), Siggi Hofer (Italy), Cameron Jamie (USA), Halim Al-Karim (Iraq), Brigitte Kowanz (Austria), Dr Lakra (Mexico), Karen LaMonte (USA), Paul McCarthy (USA), Haroon Mirza (UK), Laure Prouvost (France), Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Random International (UK), Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland), Markus Schinwald (Austria), SarahSze (USA), Sabine Wiedenhofer(Austria), Dustin Yellin (USA)
Returning artists
Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Jake & Dinos Chapman (UK), Tony Cragg (UK), Erin Dickson (UK), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Josepha Gasch-Muche (Germany), Francesco Gennari (Italy), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Vik Muniz (Brazil), Tony Oursler (USA), Jaume Plensa (Spain), Thomas Schütte(Germany), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium), Erwin Wurm (Austria)
GLASSTRESS was launched in 2009 by Adriano Berengoas an official collateral event of the 53rdVenice Biennale. The project has been then accredited for four consecutive editions and it is today the world’sleading showcase for the collaborative work of contemporary artists and designers with Berengo Studio’sMuranese glass masters.
Organised by Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS exhibitions have been presented in prominent museums and institutions worldwide including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, the London College of Fashionand The Wallace Collectionin London,theArt Museum Riga Bourse in Riga, Milles gården Museumin Stockholm, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)in New York, the Beirut Exhibition Center(BEC) in Beirut.
Jan Fabre. Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977 – 2017″
Fondazione Berengo was founded by Adriano Berengoin 2014 as a cultural institution consolidating and strengthening his mission of marrying the Muranese glass-making tradition with contemporary art. The Foundation seeks to achieve this goal through educational initiatives and an interdisciplinary programmeof exhibitions and special projects in collaboration with internationally acclaimed artists, designers, and architects.
Adriano Berengowas born in Venice in 1947 and lives between Venice and Beirut. He holds a Foreign Languages degree from Ca’Foscari University(Venice) and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York.
Adriano Berengo is the visionary behind Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS and the glass factory Berengo Studio 1989. Following the footsteps of Egidio Costantini and Peggy Guggenheim who have introduced outstanding artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall to Murano glass, he has been championing the innovative use of glass as a medium in contemporary art for almost 30 years by inviting more than 300 artists in his studio.
11 MAY – 26 NOVEMBER 2017
Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2847, Venice
Daily 10am – 6:30pm
13 MAY – 26 NOVEMBER 2017
Berengo Exhibition Space
Campiello della Pescheria, Murano
Saturday – Sunday – Monday | 1pm – 4 pm
In occasione della 57 a Biennale di Venezia, assistiamo al grande ritorno di GLASSTRESS
che quest’anno coinvolge oltre 25 importanti artisti della scena contemporanea
provenienti da Europa, Stati Uniti, Medio Oriente e Cina, in una delle più ambiziose
mostre d’arte contemporanea in vetro mai realizzate. Supportato dalla Fondazione
Berengo, il progetto sarà presentato in due eccezionali location storiche: Palazzo
Franchetti a Venezia e una vecchia fornace adibita a spazio espositivo a Murano.
Dal suo debutto nel 2009 come evento collaterale della Biennale di Venezia,
GLASSTRESS ha rivitalizza to la tradizione del vetro di Murano creando nuove
collaborazioni con rinomati artisti e designer internazionali diventando un punto di
riferimento nella presentazione di progetti ambiziosi e innovativi.
L’edizione 2017 di GLASSTRESS schiera una straordinarialistadi artisti, sia affermati che emergenti, tra cui Ai Weiwei, Paul McCarthy, Ugo Rondinone, Alicja Kwade, Jan Fabre,
Thomas Schütte e Laure Prouvost. La maggior parte degli artisti invitati non hanno esperienza nellalavorazione del vetroma hanno accettato la sfida dando vita a sorprendenti realizzazioni in collaborazione con i maestrimuranesi. Il risultato di questo insolito connubio infrange gli stereotipi associati alle creazioni artigianali e sfida le nozioni sull’artecontemporanea e sul vetro.
GLASSTRESS 2017 è curato da Dimitry Ozerkov (direttore del Progetto 20/21 per l’Arte Contemporanea presso il Museo statale Ermitage di San Pietroburgo), Herwig Kempinger (presidente della Secessione Viennese, Associazione di Artisti Visuali)e Adriano Berengo(presidente della Fondazione Berengo e ideatore di GLASSTRESS, Venezia), con la consulenza di Clare Phyllis Davies(assistente curatore specializzata su Medio Oriente, Nord Africa e Turchia nel Dipartimento d’Arte Moderna e Contemporaneadel Metropolitan Museum di New York).
Tra gli importanti contributi di questa edizione citiamo l’artista belga Koen Vanmechelenche, con la spettacolare installazione Protected Paradisenel giardino di Palazzo Franchetti, affrontai temi del riciclo e della sostenibilità grazie al supporto di ECO-oh!; gli artisti che rappresenteranno il Padiglione Austria alla Biennale di Venezia, Brigitte Kowanze Erwin Wurm, sperimenteranno anch’essi col vetro per creare affascinanti opere.AMuranoinvece,l’artista francese Loris Gréaud,per il suo debutto in GLASSTRESS,realizzerà l’installazione The Unplayed Notes Factory, dando nuova vita a un’antica fornace abbandonata.
Nuovi artisti
Ai Weiwei (Cina), Charles Avery (Regno Unito), Dike Blair (USA), Paul McCarthy (USA), Abdulnasser Gharem (Arabia Saudita), Loris Gréaud (Francia), Halim Al-Karim (Iraq), Brigitte Kowanz (Austria), Karen LaMonte (USA), Laure Prouvost (Francia), Monira Al-Qadiri (Kuwait), Ugo Rondinone (Svizzera), Sarah Sze (USA), Sabine Wiedenhofer (Austria), Dustin Yellin (USA). Collaborazioni rinnovateMonica Bonvicini (Italia), Tony Cragg (Regno Unito), Erin Dickson (Regno Unito), Jan Fabre (Belgio), Josepha Gasch-Muche (Germania), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Alicja Kwade (Polonia), Vik Muniz (Brasile), Jaume Plensa (Spagna), Thomas Schütte (Germania), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgio), Erwin Wurm (Austria).
GLASSTRESS viene lanciato da Adriano Berengonel 2009 come evento collaterale della 53aBiennale di Venezia.Il progetto è stato ripropostocon cadenza biennale per quattro edizioni consecutive e rappresenta, ad oggi, la principale vetrina espositiva per opere nate dalla collaborazione tra artisti edesigner contemporanei conimaestri vetrai di Berengo Studioa Murano.
Organizzato da Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS è stato ospitato all’interno di importanti musei e istituzioni di tutto il mondo, inclusi Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, London College of Fashione The Wallace Collection a Londra, The Museum
Riga Boursea Riga, Millesgården Museum a Stoccolma, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) a New York e Beirut Exhibition Center(BEC)a Beirut.
FONDAZIONE BERENGOFondazione Berengoè un’istituzione culturale fondata da Adriano Berengonel 2014 con lo scopo di consolidare e potenziare il legame tra la tradizione vetraria di Murano e l’arte contemporanea. La Fondazione persegue il raggiungimento di questo obiettivo attraverso iniziative educative e programmi interdisciplinari proponendo mostre e progetti speciali che coinvolgono artisti, designer e architetti acclamati.
ADRIANO BERENGO Adriano Berengoè nato a Venezia nel 1947 e vive tra Venezia e Beirut. Si Laurea in Lingue Straniere presso l’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia e in Letteratura Comparata presso la State University di New York.
Adriano Berengo è la mente ideatrice che si cela dietro Fondazione Berengo, GLASSTRESS e la fornace Berengo Studio 1989. Seguendo l’esempio di Egidio Costantini e Peggy Guggenheim, responsabili di averintrodotto importanti artisti dell’epocaquali Pablo Picasso e Marc Chagallalmondo del vetro, Adriano Berengo ha il merito di aver promosso per quasi 30 anni l’utilizzo di questo materialecome mezzo espressivocontemporaneo coinvolgendo nel proprio Studio oltre 300 artisti.


Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
9 MAY – 26 NOVEMBER 2017

San Marco 2847 / Campo Santo Stefano
30124 Venedig / Italien


Berengo Galleries
Fondamenta Manin 68/A
30141 Murano Venice

Berengo Studio 1989 s.r.l.
Fondamenta Vetrai 109/A
30141 Murano Venice
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