European Glass Experience, an international project emphasizing artisanal excellence of glass in contemporary art and design, reaches Venice, after its tour to Finland, Spain and Portugal

At the Murano Glass Museum, the exhibition curated by its director Chiara Squarcina can be considered the largest iteration of the show, for the number of pieces exhibited and the relevance of the place in which it is hosted.

On view will be ca. 40 works as well as the sketches selected by the scientific committee, and previously exhibited in Finland, Spain, and Portugal.

In addition to the novelty of this approach, there will also be on hand ca. twenty sketches and their realizations as produced by master glass craftspeople belonging to the Consorzio Promovetro, the agency responsible for the trademark Vetro Artistico® Murano. The sketches have been realized according to Murano glass working techniques. These works, just released, present the fulcrum of the exhibition, The world of art, the world of artisanry, its savoir-faire on a technical level, which come together to create something unique and new.

EGE is a project of the City of Venice with the Consorzio Promovetro Murano and the Murano Glass Museum – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, and is under the scientific coordination of Cornelia Lauf.



There are 22 countries represented, 78 young artists (between 18 and 40 years), Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, England, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, but also Argentina, Israel, Japan, and Turkey.

In 2013, the Servizio Politiche Comunitarie of the City of Venice has obtained financing from the Culture Program of the European Union and has constituted and coordinated and international partnership over 24 months of activity.

The Consorzio Promovetro Murano took charge of the realization of the sketches in glass of Murano. The agency was founded in 1985 and includes ca. 50 industrial and artisanal realities based in Murano. Its goal is the promotion of and vigilance over the glass of Murano, and has obtained from the Regione del Veneto the right to manage the Vetro Artistico® Murano brand, the only legally recognized certification for the products coming from the Murano Island.

The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 in Murano, and is part of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. The Museum was opened in February with a museological project to double its exhibition spaces, and create a newly designed itinerary of its spaces, which allow the public to understand the key theme of this suggestive millennial-old tradition and adventure of glass making in Murano. The itinerary, presented in a chronological form, gathers together items of world relevance.