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The most important phase of Venetian glassmaking began in the early 20th century. The glass workshops on the island of Murano moved on from their traditional models of the late 19th century to develop a language of form that was highly modern for the period. Rich and detailed decoration was replaced by a more minimalist idiom and objects of monochrome glass.
The exhibition features unique objects representing the language of form and motifs typical of this period.
Objects made by Vittorio Zecchin and Napoleone Martinuzzi are now regarded as classics of Venetian
glass of this period. Like their 19th-century predecessors, both artists drew upon the rich heritage of Murano.
Their works resemble the glass objects of distinct forms of the 16th and 17th century, and Antiquity.
Venetian glass of the early 20th century displays clear connections with new types of artefacts that were created around this time in both Austria and Germany, anticipating Art Déco which emerged 10 years later
Workshop 16–17 November 2018
In connection with its exhibition of Venetian glass, the Finnish Glass Museum will hold a workshop for the public, professional glassmakers and students on 16 –17 November 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
The venue will be the Lasismi glass studio in Riihimäki, where master glassblower Matteo Tagliapetra of Murano will introduce participants in the workshop to how new types of glass objects are made with traditional
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