Premio Fondazione di Venezia

The  Premio Fondazione di Venezia was strongly desired by the Organising Committee of the Venetian Week to reward the participants commitment and to stimulate a significant and original involvement thanks to a cash prize of 1,000 euro. The Prize is supported by the Fondazione di Venezia, one of the main partners of The Venice Glass Week, this year merged into The Italian Glass Weeks.

The second edition of the Fondazione di Venezia Award was awarded to the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and to the artist Ritsue Mishima for the Ritsue Mishima – Glass Works exhibition. Open to the public until 30th October 2022, the exhibition which falls on the bicentenary of Antonio Canova’s death, offers 32 colourless glass creations in dialogue with the works of the master from Possagno. The journey begins with nine glasses resting under Canova’s bas-reliefs, and continues with the composition Fighters, inspired by the sculptor’s homonymous clay, which in the language of Mishima symbolises the daily creative struggle of the artisans in glass processing. The Japanese artist exploits the viscosity of the Venetian glass to give shape to sculptures characterised by their transparency, whose contours are defined by light and blend perfectly with the surrounding environment. Among the reasons behind the awarding of the prize is “the attention to the space that houses his masterpieces and the continuous dialogue between the magic of glass and the imperial city from which it comes, Kyoto. Furthermore, the perfect harmony with the master Andrea Zilio gives life to an extraordinary collaboration that lasts over the years and contributes to the beauty of his creations”.

During the same evening, the Jury also awarded three Special Mentions: to Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea for the exhibition tiled Toots Zynsky. Nature and its image, where “the protagonists are the chromatic element and the complex relationship between man and the environment”; to the Lebanese-Polish sisters and designers Tessa and Tara Sakhi with Le Lab for their first solo show I Hear You Tremble, which presents “a selection of 15 sculptural vases Jurat (urns) with which they managed to create a neo-archaeological catalogue exhibited with relevant scenography in the suggestive setting of the Church of San Gallo”. Finally, the third mention was assigned to the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Art of Venetian Glass Beads, for “the commitment made in the enhancement of the Art of Venetian Glass Beads, which led, in 2020 to the recognition of this art by UNESCO as a World Heritage”. A Special Mention was also assigned to Rosa Barovier Mentasti: “for simply being Rosa Barovier Mentasti, a great and passionate scholar.

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