This exhibition is a major tribute to Livio Seguso, the brilliant Murano master of contemporary glass whose works are recognisable for their superb creative quality, in which glass is integrated with other materials in an innovatory way.
Seguso, an internationally acclaimed artist, has been a pioneer in the use of glass as a medium for art since the 1970s and still today continues to produce constantly original ideas.
Born in 1930 in Murano, where he still lives and works, Seguso began to work with glass from an early age, due to his fascination for the inexhaustible allure of this marvellous material.
In 1972 he took part in the 36th Venice Art Biennale, but his art reached its zenith towards the end of that decade when he completely abandoned Murano’s traditional approach to focus solely on pure, iridescent and ambiguous crystal in all its transparency.
In this way his works were able to assume forms of absolute purity, becoming “images of light” that seem to adapt themselves to thought before disappearing into a series of dreamlike forms.
Later, his experiments went beyond glass to incorporate other materials, such as steel, stone, marble, granite, and finally wood. Seguso’s work has been widely exhibited in Italy and around the world, culminating in the major 2014 exhibition at the Ukai Museum in Hakone, Tokyo, where he showed sculptures, paintings and drawings exhibited for the first time.
In 2015 Livio Seguso received the “Glass in Venice” Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts.