For over twenty years now, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga has entered the world of glass with the singular desire to reinvent tradition. In particular he loves to find a connection between the expertise of the Murano masters and the art with a capital "A", created by great artists in the past and a constant source of inspiration. As with the Paolina Borghese, with the bust of Caesar Augustus, with the sleeping Putto ... the impulse to create a glass object comes from the beauty of the art that surrounds it.
In early 2017, Giberto Arrivabene was particularly struck by Lucio Fontana's work, above all by his spatial concepts: that is, by the idea of cutting the canvas and going "beyond" the canonical space. He finds it in his travels to Buenos Aires where the artist lived and signed the Manifesto Blanco. Back in Venice, Giberto begins to think about the possibility of "cutting" the glass in homage to the founder of Spatialism. Not without difficulty, the Fontana Vase is born, a large vase on which one or more deep cuts are engraved which ideally cleave the glass, revealing the internal color of the vase itself and which today is in production in a limited series of fifteen pieces. Despite its reputation as a "dead city", Venice is full of opportunities related to the "contemporary": it has extraordinary museums as well as the theater that hosts the great event of the Biennale. The comparison with modern art therefore continued for Giberto in the wake of the shock for the work of Piero Manzoni and Alberto Burri, two artists distant in their own practice but equally interesting for possible glass variants.
Maestro Gianni Seguso took up the challenge and created the Manzoni Vase with Giberto: a vase about thirty centimeters long, blown in white glass and wrapped in a bundle of hot applied filaments, to obtain the effect of Manzoni's Acromes. The research on Burri could only focus on the fire, the element that inextricably links glass to the Umbrian artist's Combusions. Always with the precious collaboration of the master Seguso the Burri Vase was conceived which, on a base of black glass, melts an intense red paste. Finally, the vase is covered with crystal glass applications that recreate the effect of the plastics dissolved by the oxyhydrogen flame and highlight the overlap of the chromatic planes.
These new vases, presented at the Glass Week 2019, are in line with the research that Giberto has been pursuing for years: translating consecrated masterpieces of art history into glass, an approach that also becomes a different way of looking at art itself, observing it from a new and original point of view, as well as an open homage to the millenary tradition of Murano glass, capable - if stimulated - of constant renewal.