Coming up! The Venice Glass Week, 9-16 September 2018

Don't miss on this opportunity if you are in Venice in September: From 9th till the 16h of September, Murano and Venice will become one great place to celebrate glass art!



The Venice Glass Week is an international festival dedicated to celebrating, supporting and promoting the art of glass making - the artistic and economic activity for which Venice and Murano have been renowned around the world for over 1000 years - is celebrating its 2nd edition from 9th – 16th September 2018.

We are thrilled to also announce '41X' an exhibition selected by the curial committee of the Venice Glass Week, will also be part of this week, showing at Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Contarini Polignac through out the week.


In shaping 41X, Felekşan Onar particularly focused on the cultural interaction that evolved through the art of glassmaking between the Ottoman Empire and Venice, and the ties that have survived to date. With the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale of 2018 in mind, Onar created 41 glass bridges. Inspired by the more than 400 bridges across Venice, she amalgamated her own vision of the interaction between Venice and Turkey with the “repetition” of the number “41,” a highly prevalent number in Eastern culture. Felekşan Onar’s works in the 41X series are based on the recreation of the historic relationships and cultural bridges, as well as the ongoing interactions between Venice and Turkey. Alluding to the repetition of the number 41 and the bridges of Venice, Felekşan Onar’s 41X series will be displayed on a table that strongly recalls the Mediterranean basin.


Furthermore, on the occasion of the Venice Glass week and the exhibition '41X',  a glass conference exploring the interaction between Istanbul and Murano, a specific yet relatively little researched topic to date, will be held with the participation of seven prominent Turkish and Italian scholars specializing on glass, history, architecture, and literature. The conference is sponsored by Turkish art collectors Mine and Cem Bahadir, and organized and edited by Sema Postacioglu and Ass.Prof.Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik.

The conference aims to bring to light the role glass as commodity and craft played between the Venetian Republic and the Ottoman Empire alongside its cultural and religious relevance.