Lux Lumen – Murano glass chandeliers have been admired around the world since the 17th century. Their iconic design balances a decorative and aesthetic function with practical illumination, and they continue to fascinate and delight the world to this day.
When visiting Venice, you can find many beautiful examples of antique Murano glass chandeliers in palaces and museums around the city, such as Ca’ Rezzonico and Palazzo Querini Stampalia. Traditional chandeliers are also still manufactured and sold through various glass furnaces on the island of Murano, closely following the designs of 17th century originals.
This summer, however, a bold and innovative new exhibition is being staged on the island of Murano, presenting cutting-edge, contemporary interpretations of the classic chandelier designed by 23 international artists ranging from Ai Weiwei to Lucio Bubacco, Zaha Hadid Design for Lasvit, Silvano Rubino and Fred Wilson.
The exhibition is being held in an atmospheric ex-furnace that is now owned by Fondazione Berengo, an organization that since 1989 has invited over 300 contemporary artists from all over the world to collaborate with its glass masters in creating extraordinary works of art in glass. The current exhibition, titled LUX-LUMEN, pays homage to the tradition and craftsmanship of the classic Murano glass chandelier, while also demonstrating pioneering new developments in lighting design for the 21st century.
LUX-LUMEN is on view at Fondazione Berengo, Campiello della Pescheria, 30141 Murano until 25th November 2018.