European Glass Experience is an international celebration of contemporary glass art and its makers. It aims to link practices in this medium to contemporary art and to foster the role of glass artisanry as an intangible cultural heritage to be safeguarded and promoted.
Coordinated by the City of Venice in collaboration with Consorzio Promovetro Murano and the Museo del Vetro (Murano Glass Museum), EGE was launched as an international competition in 2013, co-financed by the Culture Program of the European Union, and open to young Europeans under forty. Artists applied by presenting a work they created during the last two years and made with any glass technique and manufacture, or also presenting a project (sketch or drawing).
The winning projects – about 80 works and sketches (some of which will be realized by master craftsmen associated with Consorzio Promovetro Murano) have been selected by the panel of museum directors, curators, and glass experts, under the scientific directorship of Cornelia Lauf, and will be part of the itinerary exhibition European Glass Experience that will involve, in addition to Italy, a number of countries such as Finland, Spain, and later Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The selected works reveal a rising generation of young glass artists at the forefront of their field, representing wide-ranging schools of thought and cultural ancestries, coming not only from Europe, but also from Argentina, Japan, Israel, the United States, and Turkey.
The first exhibition will open on March 28, 2014 at the Finnish Museum of Glass in Riihimaki (Finland), curated by Uta Laurén.
The exhibition then travels to the Museo del Vidrio – La Fundación Centro National del Vidrio in Segovia (Spain), directed by Paloma Pastor, and then to the Murano Glass Museum in Venice (Italy), directed by Chiara Squarcina, and part of the Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani, directed by Gabriella Belli. Additional venues will follow, including the Muzeum Witrazu (Stained Glass Museum) in Krakow, Poland; the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge, England; and the Glass Factory in Boda Glasbruk, Sweden.
The project was created in partnership with premiere museums, glass study and production centers in Finland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
EGE Scientific Director is Cornelia Lauf; curatorial support by GoldenRuler, Rome; the communication is curated by DNA Italia, Mestre; design by Julia, London.