Carlo Scarpa: Timeless Masterpieces

An exhibition curated by Marino Barovier featuring a selection of Murano glass designed by Carlo Scarpa.

Carlo Scarpa: Timeless Masterpieces, presents a selection of fifty-six exquisite Murano glassworks from the Olnick Spanu Collection. Curated by Marino Barovier, the exhibition reconstructs the creative journey of the renowned architect from 1926 to 1947, a period during which he collaborated with the two most prominent Murano glassmakers of the time: M.V.M. Cappellin & Co. and Venini.

The Olnick Spanu Collection comprises five hundred and ninety-six Murano works by forty-three artists and designers, among them Vittorio Zecchin, Artisti Barovier, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Fulvio Bianconi, Massimo Vignelli, Thomas Stearns, Giorgio Vigna and Yoichi Ohira. The Olnick Spanu Collection preserves one hundred and fifty- six masterpieces by Scarpa, making it one of the world’s largest collections of his work. Among the glassworks created for M.V.M, the exhibition features the Pasta vitrea series, created between 1929 and 1930 and distinguished by their brilliant colors, material consistency, and gold-leaf application. Among the glassworks created for Venini, notable examples include a vase and cup from the Laccati neri e rossi series from 1940, whose characteristic coloring gives them the appearance of Chinese lacquer.

Carlo Scarpa: Timeless Masterpieces

Robert Olnick Pavilion
September 14, 2023–March 31, 2025

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