Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra

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Lino Tagliapietra

March 28–June 22, 2014

Gallery 2, Glass Pavilion

This small exhibition of elegant, blown glass birds recently created by the distinguished Venetian maestro Lino Tagliapietra is programmed to celebrate the annual song bird migration through the marshes along the Southern shore of Lake Erie. The chosen objects represent three recent series created by this master of Venetian glassblowing.

For nearly half a century Lino Tagliapietra has developed a distinctive style that explores and expands on intricate traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques. Filigree glass has remained the most popular and complex Italian decorating technique since the early 16th century, and Maestro Tagliapietra is applying it on the same high level of skill as his Renaissance ancestors to capture the plumage of sculptural bird forms. Expressive combinations of pattern and color transform his fluid forms into striking objects that hold their own in the broader context of contemporary art in glass.

The 21 colorful objects selected for this show represent the theme of birds in three distinct series: Ala explores the stylized shapes of birds in flight, delicate Petra embodies roosting birds, and the elegant Fenice signifies the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a sacred firebird symbolizing rebirth.

The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 2 in the Glass Pavilion from March 28 until June 22. It is scheduled in conjunction with the show In Fine Feather: Birds, Art, and Science which opens April 25, 2014 in Gallery 18 of the Museum’s main building.

For information on viewing Maestro Tagliapietra at work during open studio sessions at the Museum, visit