Exhibition Date: 29 November, 2014 - 24 January, 2015
Koru Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of Alfredo Barbini’s glass.
With a long lineage of glass-making tradition tracing back to 1658, Alfredo Barbini, born in 1912, consequently becoming recognized as one of the leading figures in Murano glass during the 20th century.
Barbini glass is known for the thick facade with crackling and bubbles and the use of the highly skilled submersion method developed by Alfredo Barbini.
The massello technique (a technique in which glass is stretched, molded and fused, allowing multiple pieces to be joined without seams) is a technique peculiar to the Murano glass-makers. Beginning as a method used in specialized production of ornaments made from a single block of glass while producing these ornaments, Alfredo Barbini perfected his submersion or, vetro sommerso technique which he strongly favored as his signature style. This technique plays on the thickness, transparency and tone of the superimposed colors or placing of prepared objects inside the glass mass. Barbini's skill in making the fusing point of the glass masses non-existent was second to none.
Rare and collectable works made by the master to be shown in this exhibition are recognisable for the A. Barbini signature on the actual work. All work has been negotiated and sourced directly from the Barbini estate and never before has such a comprehensive retrospective collection been shown in Hong Kong.
The Corning Museum of Glass, New YorK, United States
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, United States
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, United States
Musee des Arts Decortifs, Paris, France
Museum Haaretz, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway
Musee du verre, Ligee, France
Stadtglarie, Oberhausen, Germany
Kunstasammlugen, Veste Coburg, Germany
Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
Galleria d'Arte Moderna Ca' Pesaro, Venezia, Italy
Museo Vetrario di Murano, Italy
Osella d'Oro, awarded 1975, Venice Associazione degli Industriale, Italy
Honorary title Commendatore, awarded 1978
Venetian of the Year, 1989, Settimare Association