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Tribute to an Italian master in the city of Murano glass

Published on Sep 23, 2012 11:54 AM

VENICE, Italy (AFP) - When a famous United States architect visited Venice's celebrated Venini glass works in 1951, he was so entranced by a green and black bowl that turned red in the light he ordered 25 replicas.

But the glaziers never managed to reproduce it and today the bowl has pride of place at an exhibition paying tribute to a golden age of 20th century glassmaking through the experimental work of architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978).

Over 300 bowls, vases and glasses of myriad patterns, textures and colours are on display at the new Stanze del Vetro (Glass Rooms) museum on the tiny San Giorgio Maggiore island - the latest addition to Venice's cultural landscape.

"When you see glass that is made as beautifully as this, you understand that authenticity is really at the very core of what we are trying to show," said Ms Annabelle Selldorf, a New York-based architect who designed the space.

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