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Bisazza Foundation (VI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Bisazza Foundation (VI) — Veneto Secrets

The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture is located in Montecchio Maggiore, near Vicenza, famous for the two Castles of Romeo and Juliet located on the hills. The Foundation’s history starts from an entrepreneurial challenge, launched in the 50s by Renato Bisazza when he began producing glass mosaic, becoming, over time, one of the most important Italian luxury and design brand, working with artists and international designers to creatively interpret the mosaic technique and its applications. In 2012, the same year of his decease, the family decided to open the Foundation to collect and share this huge heritage of artworks. With an area of 7,500 square meters, the Foundation houses a rich permanent collection that includes works and installations by major designers. 

Among site-specific installations, such as the evocative reflection on time and space by Richard Meier, the “RockChamber” by Arik Levy, or “1:1” by the English architect John Pawson, the exhibition includes experimental works and objects. Among the many, the reinterpretation of Mendini’s iconic Proust armchair, entirely covered with polychrome tiles, or his “furniture for men” that transforms iconic elements of male’s fashion into unusual oversized golden objects. Among projects by Patricia Urquiola, Aldo Cibic, Ettore Sottsass, Marcel Wanders, Arik Levy, to name but a few, the Foundation also hosts an area entirely dedicated to architectural photography, realized in 2015. The activity of the Bisazza Foundation includes the organization of talks with designers and temporary exhibitions.

Every first Sunday of the month the Foundation organizes special openings, we recommend booking a guided tour to better appreciate the collection. To conclude the experience, we suggest a visit to the excellent wineries of the Berici Hills, an area renowned for the production of red wines and for the magnificent Palladian villas, architectural masterpieces by Andrea Palladio.

The secret

The designers of Studio Job, creators of the fairytale installation “Silver Ware” which reproduces a precious set of family silverware in a giant format, not having available the silver-colored mosaic tiles, had to opt for 24kt white gold. The result is eight very precious maxi-sculptures that transport the visitor in a decidedly super-luxury version of Alice in Wonderland.

Useful Info

Fondazione Bisazza
Viale Milano, 56 
36075 Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza
+39 0444 707690

Guided tours:

Length: 1.30 hours
Admittance: free 

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