Since opening his studio on the island of Murano in 1989, Venice native Adriano Berengo has been dedicated to glass. More and more artists get pieces of their Pavillon-installations produced at his studio, like Renate Bertlmann´s „Kniferoses“ in the Austrian Pavillon or Laura Prouvost´s beautiful objects in the France Pavillon at this year´s 58. Venice Biennale.
Within the last years he invited over 300 artists — with little or no experience working with glass — to create extraordinary works in cooperation with Muranese masters at his studio.
And since 2009 Berengo has biannually invited leading international artists for the show „Glasstress“, opening in the week of the Venice Biennale.
This year, visitors at this collateral event to the 58th Venice Biennale organised by Fondazione Berengo are treated to new work and highlights from past years by 25 artists including Ai Weiwei, Erwin Wurm, Thomas Schütte, Tony Cragg, Renate Bertlmann, Jose Parla, Prune Nourry, Laure Prouvost, and Joana Vasconcelos. Berengo Studio is one of the seven remaining original furnaces in Murano.
Brasilian artist Vik Muniz curated a section to explore „how glass redefines our perception of space“. Another section is curated by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen with highlights from the past ten years, and a special project by Robert Wilson is curated by Jean Blanchaert.
New artists: Renate Bertlmann (Austria), Saint Clair Cemin (Brazil), Antonio Dei Rossi (Italy), Pedro Friedeberg (Mexico), Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), Artur Lescher (Brazil), Denise Milan (Brazil), Prune Nourry (France), José Parlá (USA), Pablo Reinoso (Argentina), Valeska Soares (Brazil), Tim Tate (USA), Francisco Toledo (Mexico), Janaina Tschäpe (Germany), Robert Wilson (USA), Rose Wylie (UK).
Returning artists: Ai Weiwei (China), Fiona Banner (UK), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Tony Cragg (UK), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Karen LaMonte (USA), Massimo Lunardon (Italy), Haroon Mirza (UK), Vik Muniz (Brazil), Jaume Plensa (Spain), Laure Prouvost (France), Andrea Salvador (Italy), Thomas Schütte (Germany), Joyce Jane Scott (USA), Wael Shawky (Egypt), Sudarshan Shetty (India), Lino Tagliapietra (Italy), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium), Joana Vasconcelos (Portugal), Erwin Wurm (Austria).
Anniversary highlights: Jean Arp (Germany), Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Miroslaw Balka (Poland), César (France), Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Mat Collishaw (UK), Tracey Emin (UK), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Francesco Gennari (Italy), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Michael Joo (USA),
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (Russia/USA), Michael Kienzer (Austria), Hye Rim Lee (South Korea), Oksana Mas (Ukraine), Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Tony Oursler (USA), Javier Pérez (Spain), Antonio Riello (Italy), Bernardí Roig (Spain), Bertil Vallien (Sweden), Fred Wilson (USA), Dustin Yellin (USA).
9 MAY – 24 NOVEMBER 2019
Fondazione Berengo Art Space : Campiello Della Pescheria, Fondamenta dei Vetrai, Murano
Open daily (excluding Wednesdays) from 10am to 6pm