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The EGE project objective is to support glass art both as European common heritage and as a platform for innovation by visual artists and designers.
The glass collections of The Murano Glass Museum, Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimaki and Glass Museum in La Granja form the core of the project, with partners in Poland, Sweden, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Coordination is provided by the City of Venice, Musei Civici di Venezia, and Promovetro, the Murano artistic glass producers’ consortium. Additional venues under consideration.
1. foster the transnational mobility of young artists, giving them the opportunity to show their works in favorable conditions and receive acknowledgment on the international artistic scene.
2. create a network of glass art lovers (museums, foundations, collections, specialists, etc.) in order to give wider recognition to glass art in Europe.
3. support the circulation of glass artworks, through the creation of an itinerary of exhibitions organized by important glass museums in the European Union.
4. promote intercultural dialogue, through collaboration among artists of various cultures and through an involved public
In the medium and long term, the project results will be:
1. Long-lasting cooperation established among the museums involved in EGE and collaboration with other glass organizations in Europe and beyond.
2. New artworks of young artists included in museum collections.
3. An increased awareness in Europe and among European citizens about the role of glass in contemporary art.
4. Innovative tools to draw the public into glass art.
EGE is divided into two sections: previously unreleased artworks and sketches for future artworks, both responding to a specific call for artists. The chosen works will comprise three exhibitions:
The first exhibition is held at The Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimaki, the second at Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, the third at the Museo Do Vidrio in Marinha Grande and the final one at the Murano Glass Museum.
The first exhibition premieres 20 artworks created by twenty selected artists. Furthermore, 40 sketches for future artworks, will be presented.
The second exhibition exhibits 20 additional artworks, different from the previous ones, in addition to the nearly 40 sketches, while the third and final exhibition will exhibit all 40 previous artworks, and a further selection of artworks, chosen among the 80 sketches, and realised in Murano, by the Murano glass companies associated with Promovetro.
The EGE competiton was open to all European citizen not older than forty years of age and closed on January 10, 2014.