post-title Spring in Berlin | Glassworks | Brutto Gusto Fine Arts | 21.03.-19.06.2019

Spring in Berlin | Glassworks | Brutto Gusto Fine Arts | 21.03.-19.06.2019

Spring in Berlin | Glassworks | Brutto Gusto Fine Arts | 21.03.-19.06.2019

Spring in Berlin | Glassworks | Brutto Gusto Fine Arts | 21.03.-19.06.2019

until 19.06. | #2411ARTatBerlin | Brutto Gusto Fine Arts shows from 21st March 2019 the exhibition Spring in Berlin with Contemporary Glass by the artists Bernard Heesen, Massimo Micheluzzi and Ritsue Mishima.

Bernard Heesen

Since the very beginning of his career, Bernard Heesen (Leerdam,1958) has worked on a glass oeuvre that has its origins in the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1851. The diversity of objects displayed in this groundbreaking exhibition has inspired Heesen to create a visual idiom that has earned him a unique place within contemporary glass. Strange and colourful in equal measure, his baroque glass objects cry out for our attention, sometimes attracting, sometimes repelling. Bernard Heesen is unique in his ability to reveal the unsung qualities of the decorative arts of the nineteenth century – long known as The Ugly Period – and to translate them into a completely personal design style.

Bernard Heesen, Foto: Foto: def image – Francesco Barasciutti

Massimo Micheluzzi

The multi-facetted work of Massimo Micheluzzi (Venice,1957)evinces the beauty of his native Venice to no small degree. His legendary murrina vessels evoke the reflections on the waters of the city with its manifold textures, the grey of a cloudy day or the silver lustre of the lagoons. “I wanted to convey a sense of motion by means of a static material, like a Canaletto painting”, Micheluzzi explains. Today, he is one of the few glass artists on Murano who still has mastery of the elaborate murrina technique. Equally unique are his battuto glasses recalling beaten silver.

Micheluzzi’s works are part of numerous prominent collections.

Massimo Micheluzzi – Iridescent 2013  54 x 22 cm, Foto: def image – Francesco Barasciutti

Ritsue Mishima

It would be difficult to imagine a better city for Ritsue Mishima (Kyoto, 1962) to live and work in than Venice. Following her heart from her origins in Japan, she settled in this western microcosm of extremes at the heart of a centuries old tradition of glass making, where hot, bellowing ovens transform sand to crystal.

Mishima’s work, which began with a search for the ideal vase, displays a duality of its own: one of machismo against alluring femininity. ‘Male’ by virtue of the muscle that forms it, yet softened by her insistence that her craftsmen concede to chance, however deep their aversion to it.

Even though her glass objects display a catalogue of Venetian craft, the absence of colour makes them very un-Italian. They  are as clear as the water that surrounds the city, and as sparkling as the poetic light that brings it to life.

Mishima’s vases pull you into a daydream of the flora and fauna in this briny sweetness.

Ritsue Mishima – Nido di Luce 2018, Foto: def image – Francesco Barasciutti

Exhibition period: Thursday, 21st March – Wednesday, 19th June 2019

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