9 May 2019 – 24 Nov 2019

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Everyday (excluding Wednesdays) from 10 am to 6 pm

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Tickets: 7 €; Reduced 5 € (Children between 10 and 18 years, Students under 26, Seniors over 65,


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Fondazione Berengo Art Space

Veneto, Italy

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Returning for the 58th Biennale di Venezia, the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS brings together a new line-up of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass.

To celebrate 10 years of GLASSTRESS and 30 years of Berengo Studio, the exhibition goes back to its historical roots on the island of Murano. An old abandoned glass furnace is now an evocative exhibition space for striking new works and installations by returning artists Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg and Thomas Schütte as well as first time participants Prune Nourry, José Parláand Xavier Veilhan, amongst others. For this section, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has invited all artists to explore ‘how glass redefines our perception of space’. In another section of the exhibition, curated by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, highlights from the past ten years will also go on display, including Mutter (2016/17) by Erwin Wurm, Laura’s Hands (2011) by Jaume Plensa and A Different Self (2014) by Mat Collishaw. Referring to the making of glass works, Vanmechelen says: ‘the world of the unknown and unseen becomes visible and tangible through beautiful accidents in time.’
The exhibition includes a special project of newly created glass artworks by Robert Wilson, curated by Jean Blanchaert.


Vik Muniz

Koen Vanmechelen


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