Exhibition FontanaArte. House of Glass

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Apr, 04Jul, 31 2022

Curated by Christian Larsen, FontanaArte. House of Glass addresses a subject of great interest in the glassmaking world in terms of both the vast array of themes and the calibre of the people involved in the history and production of the Milanese company. As a critical retrospective of the legendary FontanaArte glass furnishings, the exhibition will analyse the creative repertoire and production periods of its four great artistic direc- tors: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti. From the foundation of FontanaArte by Ponti in 1932 until Aulenti’s departure in 1996, its catalogue charts a historical stylistic period in 20th-century design: from the rational logic of modernism to the playfulness of postmodernism. The company set the standards for Italian glass design thanks to the perfect continuity between classicism and contemporary technology, the ideal union of art and industry, the superlative quality of the materials and craftsmanship of industrial glass, and the elevation of the household object to the art of living. After going through individual “rooms” focusing on a specific study of each designer, the exhibition itinerary will culminate in a suite furnished in the Fontana-Arte style, thus evoking a period Milanese apartment. The exhibition installation will be designed by architect Massimiliano Locatelli.