Hans Op De Beeck, The Frozen Vanitas, 2015. Boca Raton Museum of Art

The renowned Glasstress exhibition, presented four times during the Venice Biennale, will be included in Art Boca Raton 2017. This unique approach to the medium challenges the more traditional notions of glass as a beautiful material; urging us to explore the bolder, less pristine, and sometimes even political aspect it can assume.

In 2009 in the island of Murano, Adriano Berengo invited artists from around the world who do not usually work in glass to create works in his Berengo Studio; Sharing the space with historic furnace master glassmakers. Fondazione Berengo resulted in dozens of experimental glass works that challenge traditional molds.

Jarvier Perez, Carrona (Carrion), 2011. Hand blown glass and stuffed crows.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art, in conjunction with Fondazione Berengo, is also honoring this fantastic foundation with Boca Glasstress Boca Raton. The exhibition comprised of 46 works by 32 artists from 23 countries, opened with a Carnevale di Venezia celebration held at the Museum on Saturday, January 28th. Complemented by a full schedule of educational programs and events, the show is on view January 31 through July 2, 2017.

Irvin Lippman, the institution’s Executive Director shares: “We are undertaking a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists. Glasstress has excelled in encouraging innovation in both concept and technique, and we are proud to bring this work to the United States on this scale.”