Museo del Vetro

Glass Museum



Venice, 4 – 12 September 2021

The Venice Glass Week, the international festival founded in 2017 to celebrate, support and promote the art of glassmaking – the artistic and economic activity for which Venice has been known around the world for over a thousand years – is now in its fifth edition, and will be held in Venice, Murano and Mestre from 4th to 12th September 2021.
This year’s event has a new “title-hashtag” #VivaVetro! – a cheer of enthusiasm – also expressed visually via the spectrum of colours in the new graphic image – which is designed to convey the timeless energy of the material of glass, and aims to give support and renewed vigour to the sector of Murano glass production which, after months of closure, is recovering and restarting with optimism.

Once again, this year The Venice Glass Week – an initiative promoted by the Comune di Venezia and conceived by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini-LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and by the most important organization associated with the glass sector, Consorzio Promovetro Murano, which manages the trademark of the Veneto Region Vetro Artistico® Murano – is part of the programme of “Great Events” supported by the Regione del Veneto.





Great attention will be given this year to the art of glass beads, which was recently awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO, with a series of initiatives titled Perle 1.0 organized in Mestre and Venice by the Comune di Venezia together with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

Perle in Vetrina is the difused exhibition in shop windows which will display original glass necklaces created by important contemporary masters and designers.

From 6th September to 6th October in Forte Marghera visitors will be able to admire the photographic exhibition Perle 1.0 – Perlere and Impiraresse. Immagini tra ieri e oggi per raccontare un’arte, which recounts the craft of glass beads and impiraresse from the twentieth century to today.

Adults and children will also be able to participate in bead workshops taking place in Mestre, Forte Marghera, on the Lido and at the Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano.

Palazzo Mocenigo will host The History of glass beads a three-day conference from 11th to 13th September, curated by Augusto Panini, an international expert on beads.
As part of the events of the conference, Friday 10 September 17.00 will be presented at Palazzo Mocenigo the volume Glass Jewels – from Prehistory to the III Millennium by Bianca Cappello and Augusto Panini, in the presence of the authors.


6, 7 and 8 September from 11.00 to 17.00

Glass Museum on Murano
From 4th September to 3rd October 2021

From 4th September to 3rd October the new Murano Glass Toys exhibition will be open to the public at the Museo del Vetro on Murano, curated by architect Matteo Silverio and organized by the Consorzio Promovetro Murano with the support of the Regione del Veneto and the Camera di Commercio di Venezia Rovigo. Murano Glass Toys, an initiative conceived with the aim of promoting the regional brand Vetro Artistico® Murano, is an ambitious project, characterized by an innovative setting: no longer a glass exhibition to “look at but not touch”, but a real interactive and multimedia installation, a room where the visitor can play and be amazed. The project involves fourteen Murano glass masters from as many concessionary companies of the Vetro Artistico® Murano brand who have put themselves to the test for the occasion, addressing a theme far from their usual production. In Murano Glass Toys, glass lives, moves and interacts with the viewer: in this magical atmosphere, visitors can experience or relive the emotions related to their childhood and youth.


Exhibition: SEABEAD FLOWERS. Benedetta Gaggia at Palazzo Mocenigo
Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo
From 4th to 12th September 2021

For the 2021 Glass Week, the stunning rooms of Palazzo Mocenigo will present Seabead flowers, an exhibition curated by Cristina Beltrami: a selection of about forty unique pieces, expressly made by Benedetta Gaggia, will be shown in the extraordinary 17th century portego of Palazzo Mocenigo.


Exhibition: MORE REAL THAN REAL. Bruno Amadi at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum of Venice Giancarlo Ligabue
From 4th to 12th September 2021

The Venice Natural History Museum Giancarlo Ligabue will host from from 4th to 12th September the exhibition curated by Cristina Beltrami More Real than Real. Bruno Amadi at the Natural History Museum, a words game and a challenge to the visitor that in the days of The Glass Week will admire, tracking down, the extraordinary glass miniatures by Bruno Amadi, shown in a comparison with the shells, the roaches, the locusts, the mosquitos, the butterflies, the crustaceans of the permanent collection of the Museum.



Palazzo Franchetti on 9th September 2021 will host the award ceremony for the winners of the ninth edition of the prestigious Glass in Venice Prize, organized by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia: the recognition is given to artists and glass masters who have particularly distinguished themselves with their work, working in the great Murano tradition, or, elsewhere in the world, with diferent schools and techniques. This year’s winners are the artists Federica Marangoni, with the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Mauro Bonaventura. From 4th to 12th September works by the winners will be exhibited in the atmospheric setting of the atrium of Palazzo Loredan, amongst the marble efgies of the Panteon Veneto which brings together the busts of illustrious fgures who were either born or lived in Venice.


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Perle 1.0 is sponsored Vetreria Vistosi