Pae White’s installation, Qwalala, in Venice in 2017. Photo: Enrico Fiorese

New International Festival Attempts to Revive Venetian Glass Industry

While Venice is struggling with overcrowding—roughly 20 million tourists invade its narrow streets each year—it is also making an attempt to revive its declining glass industry, the Art Newspaper reports. With competition for cheaper alternatives, a shortage of young glass blowers, and the fading popularity of Murano glass, the city aims to restore interest in this Venetian tradition by launching the first-ever international festival dedicated to the medium. Venice Glass Week kicks off on September 10 and will run until September 17.

Promoted by the Town Council of Venice, the festival will consist of more than 140 exhibitions, talks, educational initiatives, and film screenings, among other programming. The weeklong event was organized by three Venetian institutions: the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

The festival will launch with the opening of the exhibition “Vittorio Zecchin: Transparent Glass for Cappellin and Venini,” curated by Marino Barovier. Held at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the show features transparent glassworks designed by Zecchin during the 1920s for V.S.M. Cappellin Venini & C. and later for the M.V.M. Cappellin & C.