Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection opening at the Consulate General of Italy in New York on December 5 |   December 1, 2016

The exhibition Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection is opening at the Consulate General of Italy in New York on December 5, 2016. 

The show, open by appointment only from December 5, 2016 through February 24, 2017, will feature a selection of Murano glassworks dating from 1914 to 1933 and drawn exclusively from the Collection of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu.

Artisti Barovier, A murrine, 1914 ca., Murano glass

The exhibition will be a tribute to the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Italian Republic and is part of a cycle of events associated with La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic festival, that celebrates the stunning artist legacy of the Venetian Republic. Led by Carnegie Hall, its program of events falls between February 3rd and February 21st, 2017, during Venice’s famous Carnevale. It will feature more than a dozen musical concerts from that time period as well as partner events at leading cultural institutions across New York City spanning different arts genres.

The Olnick Spanu Collection of hand-blown Murano glass is a breathtaking tribute to craft and design, color and light, featuring over 500 hand-blown works from the 20th and 21st century. Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu first expressed their singular passion for glass, created on the island of Murano, by diligently choosing pieces from the 20th century—the most significant period in the history of Muranese glass. Their journey into glass collecting includes artists such as Artisti Barovier, Fulvio Bianconi, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Carlo Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Archimede Seguso, Lino Tagliapietra, Paolo Venini and Massimo Vignelli. Artists such as Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira and Laura de Santillana show ethereal, early 20th-century works by the celebrated Vittorio Zecchin in juxtaposition with contemporary works. Also featured are works from the start of 21st century by Giorgio Vigna for Venini.

More information can be found here.