Glass Jewelry exhibit in Florence at La Corte Contemporary Art Gallery: July 11-29, 2014

Gioielli di Vetro

Gioielli di Vetro / Glass Jewelry

July 11-29, 2014

La Corte Arte Contemporanea 
Via de’Coverelli 27r, Florence – ITALY
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm

Studio Rosai
Via Toscanella 18n, Florence – ITALY
Open: Friday 11th to Sunday 13th from 10am to 8pm

Press Conference: July 10, 6pm, at Studio Rosai, followed by exhibition opening at La Corte Arte Contemporanea.

Gioielli di Vetro

Gioielli di Vetro

For the first time on exhibit in Florence, 100 glass jewelry pieces selected from hundreds of prototypes made ​​by students from the most prestigious universities and academies of fine art in Italy. Milan, Florence and Venice were challenged on a creative level to utilize glass as a material in contemporary jewelry, an ancient and precious material, typical of the Made in Italy prestige.

Glass beads from Murano were provided by the major historical companies and manufacturers of glass beads in Venice and Murano: Ercole Moretti, Alessandro Moretti, SUV, and Antares. The Venetian glass has been brightly and boldly stretched to its material limits in all its forms: melted and blown glass, molded glass, bottles and glassware recovery, and new design proposals for solutions applied to the jewel.

The jewelry designers from Barbara Paganino collaborated in a collateral project with the students of the Liceo Artistico Michelangelo Guggenheim di Venezia e Mestre. The project was sponsored by the Committee for the Protection of Venetian Bead, which is working to place the Venetian glass bead within the UNESCO intangible assets category, together with the Society of Pearls of the Center for Studies in African Archaeology in Milan.

A traveling workshop was formed with the schools and students thanks to the participation of prestigious scholars and representatives of Venetian glass and pearls including Augusto Panini, author of “Middle-Eastern and Venetian Glass Beads” (Skira 2011) and Giorgio Teruzzi, curator of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Milan and president of the Society of Pearls. In the autumn, the exhibition will move to Venice at the historic venue Abate Zanetti of Murano thanks to the collaboration of Artsystem of Venice.

Free admission.

La Corte Arte Contemporanea

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.


  1. I know the works of many glass masters who make excellent pieces of coloured Murano glass beads.
    Read the fascinating history of these beads through the past centuries:
    Might be worth a mention on your site.
    Marco Piazzalunga
    — writer and historian of Murano glass —

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