We walked home to our hotel last night, just when darkness had started to dress the little island in the Veneto Laguna. Our minds and bodies were flled with impressions. Of an early start of a long day, of the heath, of prosecco and spaghetti vongole, of the beauty of the Murano architecture and canals, but most of all with impressions of the opening of the exhibition we had taken part in a few hours earlier; Il Vetro a Lume, "glass from the flame" by il maestro Mauro Vianello at Museo del Vetro, the Murano Glass Museum.
Mauro is in his art inspired by the father and son Blaschka (you can read more about them following this link) and with flowers as their speciality, Mauro takes us deep down into the seas.
"Mauro Vianello does what art does, stopping time, movement, the very flow of water, to make us see and remember. He takes us where we do not go, deep into the seas, to come out with his visions, our new memory." Joel Arthur Rosenthal.
We have known Mauro for 10 years, ever since we were in Venice with our youngest daughter Marta who was then 10 years old and wanted the glass artist in the tiny little workshop we visited to make her a glass squirrel. At the vernissage yesterday we saw the unfolded art of a glass maestro.
Yesterday´s vernissage was filled with people. We know most of the members of Mauro´s family by now, and when we "spoke" with his father, who speaks only Italian, a language I would love to know, we managed to understand that he told us two of the great glass maestros of the island had come.
Both of them wanted to discuss glass with Mauro of course.
Here is Mauro´s father, discussing the magnificent pieces of art with two of Mauro´s daughters.
The exhibition will be open until October 23rd, so if you come to Venice/Murano the coming months, well, you know where to go :-)