Marignana Arte, Rio Terà dei Catecumeni, Dorsoduro 141
May 24th – September 15th
Open 14 – 18.30 Tuesday to Wednesday
and 11 – 13.30 / 14 – 18.30 Thursday to Saturday
Alessandro Diaz de Santillana
The Marignana Arte project room presents the work of Alessandro Diaz de Santillana who over the last ten years has studied the ancient techniques of the Venini glass dynasty, founded in Murano in 1921 by his grandfather Paolo Venini. As the title of the exhibition suggests, citing the Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the work of de Santillana imbues the patina of the past with the vivacity of the present as he reworks the ancient technique of flat glass window production. This process is achieved as the artist quickly and intuitively shapes and models a flat slab of glass immediately after it has been heated, before a film is applied that renders the transparent glass dense and absorbent. On the surface of every work the eye inevitably and unsettlingly sinks elsewhere, and then as soon as an image seems to emerge, it dissipates into the deepest depths. These artworks are strong and compact, powerfully imposing themselves on the surroundings in an intense contrast to the typical fragile ethereality of glass.