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Venetian Murano in the Maillol Museum

2013-04-26

murano-1.jpgIn the Maillol Museum, not far from the Invalides, from March 27th till July 28th 2013 the Venetian glass Murano is declined in all the shapes. An interesting and esthetical view on the seven centuries of the glass production from the Murano island in Venice will accompany you through two floors of the exhibition, through two hundred unique objects.

In the 13th century Venice becomes a commercial crossroad between the West Europe and Middle East and since that time the Murano glass has gone through metamorphoses of various styles: rennaissance, barrocco, rococo, classicism, eclectism, „Art nouveau“ a „Art Deco“ (New Art).

The Murano Island becomes a production center and has many advantages, it is a big port where arrive the raw materials, it has a „know-how“ for complex and refined precise technologies of glass processing, glass painting and glazmurano-2.jpging. At the beginning of the 15th century the name Barovier becomes famous in Murano.

The exhibition is dominated by the a big piece of red broken chandelier on the ground, at the same time symbolizing blood and flesh, being eaten by ravens. The contrast of sharp red colour of the glass and raven black is fascinating. And it is this piece of art of young Javier Pérez that is an omnipresent advertisement for the exhibition these days in Paris, you see it on many buses and posters in the metro stations.

Elegant soft objects from Murano glass have decorated and still decorate European interiors of aristocratic houses. And among the people coming to see the exhibition you camurano-3.jpgn notice that mostly the visitors are Parisians in elegant clothes, age above 40, distinguised language, discrete behavior, attentive listening to the guide explaining the details and curious facts from the history and technology of the Murano glass production. Wool coats, elegant boots and bags from the soft leather, silk scarves, knowledge of theluxury design terminology.

Come to enjiy the chandeliers, mirrors, vases, bowls, glasses, decorative objects, samples of the glass that brought to Venice fame and economic richness. Opening hours for the exhibition (in the ticket there is included the entrance to the whole Maillol Museum): every day, also during the national holidays in May (May 1st and 8th), from 10h30 a.m. till 7h00 p.m., on Friday till 9h30 p.m..

Address: rue de la Grenelle, metro: line 12, station Rue du Bac

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