“While observing Piero Manzoni’s monocrome paintings I have always been fascinated by how the artist was able to wrinkle, almost crystalize, the canvas with color and I tried to recreate the same effect with glass”. Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga’s insatiable curiosity led to the creation of the limited edition of Homage to Manzoni vases, inspired by the Italian, hand blown in a thick Murano glass and finally wrapped by thin threads that are heat applied to the central area of the piece.
The result is of extraordinary elegance, with an evident reference to the Achrome, created with a complex technique perfectionated with Gianni Seguso, well known glass master with decades of experience who has been collaborating with Giberto from the start.
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.