The first monographic exhibition dedicated to the glass and crystal masterpieces by architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) is an extraordinary event. So what better location for it than Le Stanze del Vetro, an extraordinary exhibition space on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice?
“Ettore Sottsass: The Glass” opened last April 10th and will be on until July 30th, 2017, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, director of the Art History Institute of the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
Sottsass – born in Innsbruck – was a versatile artist who focused on abstract painting and design, taking part in Milan’s Concrete art movement. In 1958, he became head of Olivetti’s computer design department; and throughout his long career, he worked with ceramics and glass, of course.
The beautiful exhibition in Venice, with a set-up designed by Annabelle Selldorf, includes two hundred pieces, many of which will be on display for the first time.
Barbero notes how Sottsass designed glass into complex organisms, almost like actual characters. He explain, “the architect-artist shattered objects’ technical boundaries and brought them to life with the intrusion of materials such as plastic and polycarbonate. These presences made of different elements speak of a living world as much as an imaginary one.”
Photos via: ©Le Stanze del Vetro, ©Enrico Fiorese, ©Bruno Gecchelin, ©Jean Bernard