Exhibition two – Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio 29.07 – 16.11.2014
After the success of the first edition of European Glass Experience, at the Finnish Glass Museum (Riihimaki, Finland), EGE arrives in La Granja, Segovia, Spain.
From 28 July to 16 November the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio hosted an exhibition, a meeting, and a workshop for European Glass Experience.
This international project dedicated to contemporary art and glass was conceived to valorize artisanal glass art as a cultural patrimony to save and promote. It was born from a collaboration between the City of Venice and Promovetro Murano, as well as the Museum of Glass, Murano – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, with the scientific coordination of Cornelia Lauf.
The exhibitions followed an international competition in 2013, co-financed by the Culture Program of the European Union, and directed toward young aritsts between 18 and 40 years of age – who were able to present a work realized in the last two years in any technique or glass medium, or a sketch for same (study or drawing).
Exhibition: From 29 July until 16 November 2014, the Museo Tecnologico del Vidrio will hosted European Glass Experience, in the second stage of the traveling international show, with the winners of the exhibition, chosen by an international jury composed of museum directors, curators, and experts in glass.
As in Finland, in Segovia, the sketches and twenty winning works were selected by the national curator, Paloma Pastor, director of the museum.
The represented works includes artists from the following nations: Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, England, Germany, Ireland, Italian, Lithuania, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, but also works of Argentine, Israeli and Turkish citizens of the EU.
A series of Workshops was also planned, featuring three artists coming from Finland, Lithuania, and Italy. They worked alongside artists, master glassblowers and Spanish students of the Higher Education Institution of Glass of the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio.
The project is a great opportunity for young artists, designers and lovers of glass to discuss and share experiences and techniques, as well as exhibit their own works in the museum.
European Glass Experience will proceed on its tour throughout Europe to conclude in 2015, at the Glass Museum of Murano, where all the selected works from both Finland and Spain will be showcased.
The Fundacion Centro Nacional del Vidrio is siutated near the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja (Segovia, Spain), one of the industrial edifices of greatest significance in Europe during the 18th century, and a symbol of the identity of the province of Segovia. The goal of the Foundation are the promotion, development and diffisuion of the story and manufacture of glass, which finds its fruition in the teaching that the Foundation imparts at various levels. The project includes the Museo Technologico del Vidrio where the history of glass techique and production are featured; the Higher Education Institution of Glass, a school equipped at a higher level to deliver diplomas and master’s degrees, and a center of artisanal production,outfitted with a furnace where various types of production and decoration (ethcing, enamel, gilding, engraving), are taught. In this way, the tradition of glassmaking, which La Granja was famous for in the past, is amplified and brought back to life, to give an ever more interested public an insight into the rich heritage of this town.