Glass and Design: the creative process in the historic Murano glass factories of the 20th century, explores the close interaction between design and glass through over 50 glass artworks made from 1910 to 1980. These iconic works speak not only of the factories which made them but also of the times in which they were created, with the addition of drawings telling their story such as sketches, preparatory drawings, drawings for the furnace, definitive post-production drawings and glossy images for catalogues.
The exhibition is an in-depth focus, moving from the world of glass to the world of design and on to the structure of the archives of the Murano glassworks. These archives, once decoded, give a more precise image of how the twentieth century firms worked. Glass and Design features all original works, which come from important private collections in both Italy and abroad, and a number of them have been presented at the Venice Biennale.