The "Forme del Bere" exhibition in Murano

At Punta Conterie the design glasses that have made history

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
The “Forme del Bere” exhibition in Murano — Veneto Secrets

In the art gallery of Punta Conterie, an exhibition dedicated to one of the objects of common use that has the most inspired the creatives of all time, the glass.

The protagonist of the most refined mises en place, the design glass, especially during the twentieth century, has been the subject of many technical and stylistic inventions. The exhibition “Forme del Bere”, curated by Elisa Testori, set up until 31 December 2022 at InGalleria, the Art Gallery of Punta Conterie in Murano, investigates the recent history of this object, telling it through some of the most famous original creations.

The “Forme del Bere” exhibition in Murano — Veneto Secrets
The “Forme del Bere” exhibition in Murano — Veneto Secrets

The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first is dedicated to the greatest masters of architecture, design and glassmaking who have tried their hand at creating particularly innovative glasses. We find, for example, Ovio designed in 1983 by Achille Castiglioni introducing a rubber gasket with an anti-drip function, the Horn Glass created in 1954 by Piero Fornasetti taking inspiration from a hunting horn, or Gio Ponti’s Bicchieri a Canne born from the union of glass rods of different colors.
Many of the exhibits on display are rare and precious, such as the Tir Bar by Roberto Sambonet for Baccarat made with 4 identical crystal cylinders, yet different in capacity.

Others, more recently conceived, have already become design icons, such as the Cognac glasses by Rikke Hagen for Normann Copenhagen, which are balanced like a spinning top, or the colorful Esimio goblet by Alessandro Mendini.

The “Forme del Bere” exhibition in Murano — Veneto Secrets

The second part of the exhibition, on the other hand, embraces the contemporary through nine glasses designed by as many international designers who made them in Murano. Lorenzo Damiani, Giulio Iacchetti, Astrid Luglio, Martinelli Venezia, mischer’traxler studio, Luca Nichetto, Philippe Nigro, Ionna Vautrin, Zaven have each created a different type of glass: the water-wine-afterdinner set, a glass dedicated to water, a glass for the “house” wine, the couple water and wine, the beer mug, the cocktail glass, the champagne glass, the whiskey glass and tipetto – the Venetian goblet, in homage to the place who saw the birth of this project.

If you have fallen in love with the blown glass glasses, many designs are on sale at the Shop on the ground floor of Punta Conterie, while on the first floor you can stop for a gourmet break at the Vetri Restaurant where, on its splendid panoramic terrace overlooking the crossroads of the three main channels of Murano, they can taste refined dishes built on the aromas and flavors of the Venetian lagoon.

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