The handsomest of early contemporary glass artworks. The title is the name that Jean Cocteau gave to an exceptional set of 36 works bearing such prestigious signatures as Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Jean Lurcat, and Pablo Picasso - all of whom teamed up, during the '60s, with the master glassmaker Egidio Costantini, in Murano.
As a complement
All’Ambic, the series of vases by Patricia Urquiola, the mudac presents a significant selection
of emblematic works from its Collection.
La Fucina degli angeli (The Furnace of the Angels) is the name that, at the time, Jean Cocteau gave to an exceptional set of 36 works bearing such prestigious signatures as Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Jean Lurçat, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso – all of whom teamed up, during the ‘60s, with the master glassmaker Egidio Costantini, in Murano. This experience, launched in order to bring artists of the time into contact with a material and its unknown expressive possibilities, represents a decisive and historic moment in what is such a recent discipline as glass art, and on the scale of art history in general. First collected by Peggy Guggenheim and later acquired by several of the mudac collection’s patrons, these works form the cornerstone of our holdings, currently strong of about 540 artworks and objects.
Some of these sculptures have not been shown to the public for a long time – Giamaica by Picasso or Seme della vita by Luciano dall’Acqua for instance – as they have recently been restored. Others, such as Chagall’s Colombe and Cocteau’s Maternità, are presented to the public for the first time.
The artworks from the Fucina degli Angeli, like Patricia Urquiola’s All’Ambic series, demonstrate that Venice remains the center of a age-long tradition dating back to the 9th century while allowing unprecedented and fertile encounters and collaborations between artists and the unique potential for transformation of glass.
Image: Max Ernst, Re (le roi) et Regina (la reine) , 1963, glass
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Opening Thursday 28 February at 5pm: guided tour of the exhibition by Bettina Tschumi, curator in charge of the contemporary glass collection
Musee de design et d'arts appliques contemporains - mudac
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