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"EaTable Glass (Table Glassware)"
2004-09-25 until 2004-11-11
Ca’ Rezzonico
Venice, , IT Italy

Can objects produced using the ancient art of Muranese blown glass take on new forms and non-traditional functions in tableware design? This is what Trieste Contemporanea asked Italian and Central Eastern European designers in its Sixth International Design Competition. This edition of the competition saw the participation of 201 designers from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Ukraine and Hungary.

The exhibition, organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee in collaboration with Musei Civici Veneziani and the Revoltella Museum of Trieste, is an integral part of the Sixth International Design Competition coordinated by the Committee with the support of C.E.I. (Central European Initiative), Veneto Region and Comune of Venice Assessorato alla Cultura and the contribution of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the CRTrieste Foundation.

The exhibition will run at Ca’ Rezzonico until November 7th 2004, and will be part of the regular museum itinerary. It will then move to Trieste, at the Revoltella Museum, from 20 November 2004 to 6 January 2005. The award ceremony for the winners of the Competition will be held at the Revoltella Museum on 20 November 2004 at 18.00.

The exhibition – in the two venues of Venice and Trieste – will present the objects designed by sixteen artists selected by an international jury presided by Gillo Dorfles. Eight projects were chosen among those submitted for the competition, while the remaining eight have been created especially for the occasion by outstanding Italian designers at the invitation of the commission. In the course of the year 2005 the exhibition will tour a number of European capitals, amongst which Tallinn and Zagreb.

The exhibition adds greatly to the scope of the competition as it stimulates creative research into new formal and aesthetic approaches, within the field of contemporary design, to traditional Muranese blown glass production both by bringing it to the attention of an international audience and by encouraging young designers to take up the challenge of this particular technique. It seems only appropriate that an initiative that focuses on giving international resonance to new trends of specialisation in this field should be inaugurated in Venice, all the more so when the venue chosen for the launch is Ca’ Rezzonico, the temple to the historic Venetian creative talent, famous throughout Europe for the fine quality and precious workmanship of its furnishings.

Equally significant is the choice of Trieste as the second venue, since it has for many years now borne witness to the Committee’s passionate and qualified commitment to operating as an ideal bridge with Eastern Europe, as close physically as it is in terms of common cultural concerns.

Amongst the objects selected by the jury, mention must be made of the coffee set made of transparent glass and murrina by the Italo-Swiss group led by Francesco Gamba, first prize ex-aequo with “Roundelay”, a set of vessels by Tiina Sarapu (Estonia). Also inspired by regional traditions is the re-interpretation by the Serb Simic Vukasin of the traditional rakija glass. Amongst the most unusual objects, a cutting board for polenta (Lorenzo Bonini - Italy) and a set of dessert plates and bowls (Annika Giesbert – Germany). The BEBA Foundation prize for the youngest designer has been awarded to Elisa Rescaldani, a student of the Academy of Brera, who submitted a project for a set of original coloured plates, while the prize for the best designer from Trieste goes to the oil-vinegar-salt-pepper set by Lorena Matic.

The guest section includes some of the most prestigious Italian designers, Piero Lissoni, Marta Laudani, Paolo Rizzatto and Paolo Ulian (invited by Marco Romanelli), glass artists, Yoichi Ohira and Pietro Lunetta (invited by Attilia Dorigato), and artists tout court, Maurizio Pellegrin and Alfredo Pirri (invited by Franco Jesurun). All the artists were able to follow closely the execution of the objects by masters Andrea Zilio and Giacomo Barbini at the Anfora furnace in Murano.

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