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"Unbreakable: Women in Glass" Exhibition Opens at Fondazione Berengo in Venice, Italy

Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Nocturne 4 from 2018 is part of “Unbreakable: Women in Glass,” at the Fondazione Berengo in Venice, Italy, through January 7. Photography by Francesco Allegretto/courtesy of Karen Lamonte and Berengo Studio.

Although this year’s Biennale Architettura in Venice is an online presentation, one coinciding exhibition is open to visitors: “Unbreakable: Women in Glass,” at the Fondazione Berengo. Included in the show are 64 artists and designers from around 
the world—Kuwait’s Monira Al Qadiri, Argentina’s Silvia Levenson, and U.S.A.’s Anne Peabody, among them—all of whom have worked with Berengo Studio at its Murano furnaces in the last 30 
years. Some of the 77 works were made specially for Unbreakable—and reflect the times—such as Lucy Orta’s Masking and Laure Prouvost’s Vegetables Falling From the Sky, while some date back decades, like the late Kiki Kogelnik’s Lemon Head from 1996. All, however, are “a metaphor, a paradox, and a symbol,” curator Nadja Romain says, referring to how females have been historically sidelined in the art world. Adds co-curator Koen Vanmechelen, “The invisibility and transparency of glass can 
shape a new generation while healing scars from the past.”

Flicker, 2016, by Shirazeh Houshiary. Photography by Francesco Allegretto/courtesy of Shirazeh Houshiary, Factum Arte, and Berengo Studio.
All Ambiq, 2011, by Patricia Urquiola. Photography by Francesco Allegretto/courtesy of Patricia Urquiola and Berengo Studio.
Nancy Burson’s DNA Has No Color, 2019. Photography by Francesco Allegretto/courtesy of Nancy Burson and Berengo Studio.
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