Glasstress is a project by Adriano Berengo to further his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass
Artists of all disciplines from sculptors to musicians have been invited to collaborate with the maestros in creating art in glass. Glasstress, a showcase of this collaboration of craft and creativity, has forged a new trajectory for glass and a new path for contemporary artists.
Glasstress was launched in 2009 by Adriano Berengo as an official collateral event of the Biennale di Venezia. Today it is the world’s leading showcase for the collaborative work of contemporary artists and designers with Berengo Studio’s Muranese glass masters.
Since 2011 Glasstress has become an itinerant event hosted by prominent institutions who have embraced our mission, extending the message around the world
Tons of glass
They say about us
For hundreds of years, glass has been viewed by some as simply a decorative or functional medium, Glasstress … shatters those notions.
Philippe de Montebello
Former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
With the second incarnation of Adriano Berengo's ancillary exhibition during the Venice Biennale, art made from glass gets special focus on the contemporary art stage.
James Yood, art critic
The quality and diversity of the images of the glass sculptures at Berengo serve to reinforce the idea that glass is truly a contemporary material
Asian Art News
The intention of Glasstress to continue the artists’ exploration of glass, its possibilities and their visitors has certainly been met with what is an excellent exhibition.
Alongside the Biennale in Venice, for the second time, there is also plenty of art made of glass in this city on the lagoon ... Berengo prophesizes the imminent arrival of a new era in glass art.
While Chihuly’s vast pieces brought glass to the fore, the man credited with turning it into a collectable art form is Adriano Berengo … who has almost single-handedly elevated the medium from modest, often kitsch, craft into something to rival any of the fine arts …