“What fascinates me most about Alberto Burri’s technique is his familiarity with fire; the idea of creating a painting with the alchemy that color rouses when in contact with the material”. Moved by the admiration for the Italian artist from Umbria, for his everlasting energy and desire to continuously experiment, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga created a limited edition of vases based on Combustioni by Burri.
The Homage to Burri is about thirty centimeters tall, handblown in Murano and completed by applying different layers of molten and powder glass to the black base. In the final process the vase is finished by irregularly applying Murano crystal, corrugated on the surface, to recreate the same effect of burnt plastic. This complex as well as innovative technique has been possible because of the collaboration with glass master Gianni Seguso, incomparable connoisseur of Murano glass secrets.
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.