The inspiration for this new series created by Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga stems from the “Homo Faber” exhibition that took place at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice last April (2022).
An impressive show dedicated to the Japanese handicraft tradition was part of the event. The exhibition included extraordinary ceramics restored with the complex Kintsugi technique, an ancient procedure used to recover and embellish broken ceramic objects, using golden sutures alongside the path of the fractures.
Fascinated by the process of recovering these ceramics, which is not applicable to glass, Giberto Arrivabene has imitated the Kintsugi technique to create a bridge between the Murano tradition and the Eastern world, which has always been his great source of inspiration.
On the classic Venetian goto-shaped glasses, the artist engraves the tracing of a line later decorated with a gold leaf: a process mastered together with Maestro Gianni Seguso in Murano. As unique pieces, the Kintsugi glasses blur the boundaries between glass and ceramic and open a dialogue between the two materials.
The Kintsugi collection was created to celebrate The Italian Glass Weeks (for which we have been selected for the sixth time) and was premiered during the exhibition “Kintsugi. Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga al Museo di Arte Orientale” curated by Cristina Beltrami and Marta Boscolo. The exhibition is honored to have been hosted in the stunning rooms of Venice’s Museo d’Arte Orientale where Giberto’s creations dialogue with the permanent collection.
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.