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The Archive of the Centro Studi del Vetro, founded in 2012 as part of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini's Istituto di Storia dell'Arte, is a wealth drawn from the historic archive and art collections of Venetian Murano glassworks and consists mainly of drawings, designs, correspondence, documentation, production catalogues, press releases and period photographs.
Unique and very rare materials, they are sources of historic, artistic and scientific reference not only for researchers and enthusiasts of glass but also for the appreciation and relaunch of glass art, in particular of the twentieth century, and the creation of educational courses in association with schools and universities. The creation of a general archive of Venetian glass, with the continuous implementation, cataloguing and conservation of the collections, also involves the Centre in a systematic campaign of exchanges of the publications, purchases and donations that flow into its specialist library, and in the organisation of seminars and conferences for scholars and artists interested in the history, technologies and developments of glass art.
The Emmanuel Babled collection contains sixteen designs for the Primaire collection presented at the Clara Scremini Gallery in Paris from 9 September 1999 to 9 October 1999. The models chosen for the collection were hand blown by the Venini glassworks in spring 1999.
The Dino Martens collection contains 345 designs made for the Aureliano Toso glassworks in Murano, ordered chronologically and following the model number. Various groups of designs for a single project are also collected in specific series. The many archived designs include those for glass pieces that were shown in important exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale, the Fondazione Bevilacqua la...
The Ginny Ruffner collection is made up of several types of material whose iconographic core is 52 designs made during the artist's residence in Murano in 1989 and produced by the Vistosi glassworks the same year. The documentation includes postcards, invitations, gallery brochures, catalogues and press release articles relating to various exhibitions of the artist's work from 1987 to 2014.
The archive consists mainly of iconographic material accompanied by photographs, some predominantly personal letters and faxes, and manuscripts with work notes from the Murano glassworks dating from between 1997 and 1999. Iconographic archive Peter Shire's designs for glass sculptures made between 1988 and 1989 by the Vistosi glassworks and some subsequent ones dating from between 1997 and ...
Vinicio Vianello (Venice, 1923 - Zelarino-VE 1999), a multi-faceted artist-designer who belonged to the Spatialist movement, while remaining in a transverse position to the "official" artistic current, was one of the most complex and significant figures of the postwar period. Constantly aimed at free experimentation, one of the main purposes of his singular inquiry was the study and treatmen...
Thousands of designs are held in the Seguso collection documenting the varied production of artists and designers who have worked with the historic glassworks. The acquired corpus consists of some 20,000 examples, comprising executive drawings and sketches, as well as many period photographs of the works made in glass. Some precious production catalogues have also been preserved, including the ...