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From 13 December 2011 to 30 April 2012

Murano glass: “1861-2011: UN’ISOLA, UN’ARTE, UN MUSEO”

Until 30th April 2012
Museum of glass, Murano Island 

On 9th December 2011, on the Island of Murano, in the Museum of Glass, was inaugurated the exhibition “1861-2011: UN’ISOLA, UN’ARTE, UN MUSEO”[one island, one art, one museum], a great retrospective exhibition on the art of glass-making, which allows visitors to learn about the history and life of this Venetian island, famous all over the world for its glass works of art.

In 1861 an archive that held information on the long history of glass making in Murano was created. The archive had a museum section as well, which soon became the most important section because many glass items (ancient and modern) produced in the island were donated by the owners of the kilns. To mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of the archive, a great exhibition containing almost two hundred items was opened. The items were made in the last 150 years and are the most significant elements in the museum’s collection. They are an example of the unique skills of their creators.

The exhibition includes items shown during the Biennale exhibitions and creations by master glass makers and glass factories that had not been previously exhibited. There will also be new donations, which have increased the museum’s collection of XX century items.