Denise Milan's work at the Glasstress exhibition.

Established since 2009 as one of the events taking place simultaneously with the Venice Biennale, the GLASSTRESS exhibition reaches its sixth edition this year. The initiative is organized by the Fondazione Berengo, in Murano, directed by Adriano Berengo, and will run until November 24th. Sporadic editions were also held in other cities around the world, such as New York, London and Beirut.

GLASSTRESS is a project that aims to value contemporary art produced with glass, especially due to the fact that the Venetian island of Murano is known for its ancestral technique of producing crystals, artisanally and artistically. The shows are always the result of meetings between artists and artisans from the region at Berengo Studio, with works produced from this experience. The 2019 edition of the show is curated by the Belgian Koen Vanmechelen and the Brazilian Vik Muniz, the latter invited artists to think about “how glass redefines our perception of space”.

Among dozens of participating artists are well-known names such as Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg and Monica Bonvicini, as well as works by the curators themselves. In addition to Muniz, this year's exhibition features a series of Brazilian artists who make their debut at the collective, they are: Denise Milan, Artur Lescher, Saint Clair Cemin and Valeska Soares. Besides them, the German-Brazilian Janaina Tschäpe.

This GLASSTRESS also invites visitors to watch masters of Murano glass craftsmanship work in the studio and understand the institution's efforts to preserve this ancient art.

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