Carlo Scarpa’s Venetian glassware for Venini goes on show at the Met in New York
Carlo Scarpa would have been thrilled to learn that the works he designed for art-glass manufacturer Venini is now the subject of a major exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. ’I would rather, on the whole, build museums than skyscrapers - though logic may say otherwise,’ the Italian architect once said, ’since the former may be perhaps creative, while the latter requires one to adapt and subordinate oneself to things as they are.’
His appetite for injecting bold new ideas, forms and processes into established traditions is apparent in each of the approximately 300 works in the new exhibition, adapted from a 2012 show at Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice. Scarpa’s glass innovations - from his bubble-studded bollicine pieces to the rare, ceramic-like murrine opache works - appear both daring and timeless exhibited alongside the Met’s Qing porcelain, ancient Greek and Roman cast glass and 19th-century Murano vessels.