“I decided that, in occasion of the 2017 Venice Biennale, I was going to create an object that pays tribute to one of the greatest Italian painters of the 19th century in Italy: Lucio Fontana.
Just as Fontana cut the canvas, in Murano with Glass Master Gianni Seguso we engraved the cut on the opaque surface of the glass”.
Such a conceptual operation requires a glass of simple shape, on which the cut can be grinded: the Fontana glass exists in black with white rim, red with black rim, and white with black rim.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.