Creating an Aesthetic Vocabulary at Venini
Carlo Scarpa’s genius as a designer of Murano glass has been well documented. In recent years, comprehensive exhibitions of his work for Venini have taken place at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Scarpa’s ability to design reduced modernist vessels with forms inspired by the ancient Chinese brought Murano glass to a new level of artistic sophistication. His use of these sober, powerful forms, combined with new interpretations of age-old Murano techniques, created an aesthetic vocabulary for glass-as-art which still resonates with artists, art critics and collectors today.