The ceremony, conducted by the curator and gallery owner Jean Blanchaert, kicked off with the official awarding of the prestigious The Glass in Venice Prize, organised by the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts and by the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice and given to glass artists and masters who particularly distinguished themselves by working in the great tradition of the Murano glassmaking school or, in the world, through different techniques.
The winners of the tenth edition are the artists Marcela Cernadas and Michele Buratoand the craftsman Roberto Donà for the Carlo Donà company. Cernadas, Argentine-born and active between Italy and Spain, chosed for Europe, expresses its artistic poetic through various media and, for some years now, has made glass the protagonist of its site-specific installations. Venetian-born Burato, has been creating for twenty years, in collaboration with the best Murano masters, items with essential shapes whose surfaces are enriched by extraordinary abstract glass “brushstrokes”. The Murano company Carlo Donà, on the other hand, managed by Roberto Donà, stood out for the high quality of the metal tools for glass processing made on the island. The company is appreciated by Murano glassmakers and by the ones from all over the world for its careful craftsmanship of all tools produced here.
The winners of the Glass in Venice Award are exhibited at the entrance of Palazzo Loredan, home of the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts until tonight at 6pm.