Glasstress: White Light | White Heat opened at the preview of the Venice Biennale on 30 May 2013 at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal and at the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass. The exhibition then travelled for the first time to London, exhibited at London College of Fashion's Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection.

Work from the Glasstress collateral event at the 55th International La Biennale di Venezia (2013) travelled to London College of Fashion and The Wallace Collection in 2013, as part of a two-venue exhibition curated by James Putnam, a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Fashion.

In a unique collaboration between the Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion and the Wallace Collection, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presented the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom worked in glass for the first time.

The 2013 Glasstress exhibition built on the success of two previous Venice Art Biennale Glasstress shows (2009, 2011) and was the first time that the work had toured to the UK. The Venice exhibition saw sixty-five artists responding to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the fundamental elements involved in the formation of the universe and also the essence of glassblowing. Light is integral to our perception of glass, while heat is required to shape it.

Talk & Reception

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, hosted a discussion with the exhibition curator James Putnam, artists Charlotte Hodes and Mat Chivers and Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass at The Wallace Collection.

Featured artists

  • The Wallace Collection

    Polly Apfelbaum
    Miroslaw Balka
    Mat Chivers
    Tracey Emin
    Jan Fabre
    Paul Fryer
    Recycle Group
    Mona Hatoum
    Charlotte Hodes
    Michael Joo
    Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
    Joseph Kosuth
    Hew Locke
    Alastair Mackie
    Aldo Mondino
    Cornelia Parker
    Thomas Schütte
    Meekyoung Shin
    Koen Vanmechelen

  • Fashion Space Gallery

    Alice Anderson
    Hussein Chalayan
    Mat Collishaw
    Iyvone Khoo
    Oksana Mas
    Lucy & Jorge Orta
    Javier Pérez
    Helen Storey
    Tim Noble & Sue Webster
    Gavin Turk
    Koen Vanmechelen

  • Buy the book

    A major illustrated publication to accompany Glasstress: White Light | White Heat, which also features in the official Biennale catalogue. The book features essays by Adriano Berengo, President of Berengo Art Studio and James Putnam, Artist and Senior Research Fellow, London College of Fashion, both co-curators of the exhibition and includes original texts from Suzanne Higgot, Curator of Glass at The Wallace Collection, London and David Toop, musician and author.

    The book also features profiles of all 65+ artists showing, all of which are accompanied by exclusively commissioned photographs of the works they have created for the Glasstress: White Light | White Heat exhibition.

    Purchase a copy of the book from the UAL E-store.