The Spirit of Murano
6 centuries of tradition and 22 years of innovation
Seguso Vetri D’Arte
Seguso is one of the oldest families on the island of Murano in Venice, dedicated to the art of Venetian glass, a symbol for the production of objects such as vases, chandeliers and custom-made projects.
Seguso works have been created for royal families, for the Vatican, hotels and theatres. Their glass artworks are kept in the permanent collections of worldwide museums, including the Moma in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Glass Museum in Murano.
Seguso since 1397
The oldest official document of the family is kept in the State Archives of Venice and is dated May 3, 1397: in it there is the mention of a master glass blower by the name of Seguso.
This year, Giampaolo Seguso, together with all his children, has decided to bring to the world a new installation:
That links two generations of Seguso: the artist, poet and philosopher Giampaolo (born 1942), known as the poet of glass, and Pierpaolo, (born 1974), designer, creative and artistic director of the family business.
The installation was presented on the 3rd May 2019 at Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.
The Spirit of Murano
The date 3rd May by the Seguso Family was chosen exactly for the importance it has for them and, as the title of the exhibition says, The Spirit of Murano, 6 centuries of tradition and 22 years of innovation!
I had the pleasure of attending to the round table presenting the opening of the exhibition, moderated by Arturo Artom, with the participation of Gianluca Seguso, who introduced the concept behind the installation, and many other important Italian guests, of the world of art and culture, like the Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Michele Bugliesi.
The idea behind this exhibition, in the words of the Seguso family:
Murano. Community, as an example of resilience in a constantly changing world.
A memorial installation to tell a story made up of many stories, as a sign of life, of testimony, of thanksgiving and of community.
The profits from the sales of the artwork, composed by a series of glass handkerchiefs engraved with small stories, poems and reflections by Giampaolo Seguso, will be all devolved to charity, as it is the spirit of Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, run by the confraternity to which the Seguso Family is part of.
You can visit the exhibition for free every day from 9.30 am till 5.15 pm at Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, from 3rd May till 14th September 2019