Until 15 September 2019, the Casina delle Civette - Musei di Villa Torlonia, a delightful example of Art Nouveau, hosts "La Fratelli Toso: i vetri storici dal 1930 al 1980” (Historic glass from 1930 to 1980). The exhibition is dedicated to the artistic history of the Fratelli Toso, one of the oldest and prestigious Murano glass factories from 1930, the most important year for manufacturing research, to 1980, the year in which it ceased its activity.
Organized by Caterina Toso, the last heir to the factory, together with Ivano Balestrieri's Il Mondo del Vetro, it displays more than 50 glass works, unique and rare pieces coming directly from the Fratelli Toso private collection.
The pieces, that enchant with their elegant shapes and disruptive colors, were forged with innovative techniques (for the time) by skilled master-designers like Ermanno Toso, Pollio Perelda and Rosanna Toso who, thanks to their art, led the Fratelli Toso to participate in important international events such as the Biennale di Venezia.
The exhibition covers a significant period of time in which the great successes of glass design in Italy went hand in hand with the evolution of art and taste. The extraordinary works presented in this chronological excursus were realized in limited numbers or in unique specimens and combine the modernity and the innovation of the techniques with the tradition of the ancient glassworks.
The Fratelli Toso artistic production in its 150 years has been vast and varied in style and design, but the trademark of the Fratelli Toso has always been the “murrina” glass.
Each of the exhibited works is flanked by the related drawings and sketches from the historical archive of the factory where more than 30,000 studies are preserved together with thousands of photos, catalogs and documents on the life of the glasswork, since the second half of the nineteenth century.
The collection includes many examples of murrina glass from the late 1800s, masterpieces from the 1930s and 1960s and a vast paper and photographic archive attesting from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of free initiatives like a guided tour of the exhibition with Caterina Toso, historian of glass and heir to the Fratelli Toso Archive, to study the history of Murano glass manufacturing Saturday 15 June and Saturday 14 September at 11.00 a.m.
On Sundays in May, June and September at 11.00 am in the Garden of the Casina delle Civette, free concerts by the A.GI.MUS (Associazione Giovanile Musicale), Section of Rome. The programs of the single concerts will be published on the site of the Museo della Casina delle Civette.
A BIT OF HISTORY
After the fall of the Serenissima Republic in 1797, Venice and all its islands were deeply damaged by the devastating Napoleonic occupation.
Murano experienced a dark period, destined to last until the middle of the 19th century, when many glass factories closed and many glass masters emigrated abroad. In a short time the technical, the artistic knowledge and the culture linked to glass processing were forgotten. The quality of the poor production became rather low and most of the pieces were made for domestic or pharmaceutical use: bottles for the Carmelite friars to be used for lemon balm and smaller bottles for oils and dyes.
It was then, more precisely in 1854, that Ferdinando, Carlo Nicolò, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio courageously founded the Fratelli Toso, working hard to recover the techniques and the know-how necessary to reproduce the great glass masterpieces of the previous centuries. They practiced in the evening, outside working hours, and eventually succeeded in enormously increasing their ability.
Today, the Fratelli Toso is recognized as one of the promoters of the Murano artistic glass rebirth, an active part of a process of artistic renewal that quickly involved many other glassworks.
Dal 18 maggio al 15 settembre 2019
da martedì a domenica ore 9.00-19.00 - la biglietteria chiude 45 minuti prima
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