Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra has spent his 70-year career creating magnificent glass works, raising the international standards of glass craftsmanship in the process. This May, the Toledo Museum of Art will offer the opportunity to view Maestro Tagliapietra at work in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.
The Italian artist will be in residence as part of the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP), which encourages resident artists to utilize or respond to the TMA collection and to promote greater dialogue within both the contemporary glass and contemporary art communities. He originally was to have worked in the Hot Shop during an exhibition of his work last year, but illness delayed the trip.
Tagliapietra has developed a distinctive style that explores and expands on the intricate tradition of Venetian glassblowing techniques. Jutta-Annette Page, the Museum’s curator of glass and decorative arts, said that filigree glass has remained the most complex Italian decorating technique since the early 16th century. “Maestro Tagliapietra applies it at the same high level of skill as his Renaissance ancestors. In my view, he is the greatest living master of Venetian glass technology,” she said.
Ticketed, public demonstrations will take place May 2-3 and May 8-10, with morning and afternoon sessions each day. Sessions taking place May 5-6 are free and open to the public.
Admission for the ticketed, public demonstrations is $25 for students and $30 for general admission per session. Seating for both ticketed and free sessions is first come, first served.
Tickets are available online starting April 1. Visit toledomuseum.org for more information.