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Published date
03 Jun 2019

White Light White Heat: celebrating and exploring the boundaries of fashion and fine art through the medium of contemporary glass.

Project summary

White Light | White Heat (2013) is a development of Glasstress, originally conceived in 2009 by Adriano Berengo, President of Berengo Glass Studio and Venice Projects.

Presented in the historic Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, from 6 June - 22 November 2009, Glasstress featured both specially commissioned new work and selected pieces by over forty modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition explored each artist's unique approach to working with the glass, the technical limits inherent in the material, and the synthesis between the artist's ideas and the glass master's skills.

Glasstress was organised by Murano-based art impresario Adriano Berengo, in collaboration with Laura Mattioli Rossi and Rosa Barovier Mentasti. The Mjellby Konstmuseum of Halmstad, Sweden and Susan Scherman of Susan Scherman Fine Arts, San Francisco were the exhibition sponsors.

This latest exhibition was a dramatic expansion of the original Glasstress concept, which launched in 2009, to include London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and The Wallace Collection, working in collaboration with Berengo Glass Studio. New work was specially conceived and produced for the exhibition, which is jointly curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam, Senior Research Fellow at LCF.

Exploring the boundaries of fashion and fine art through the medium of glass and focusing on the relationship between the artist and designer, craft skills and curatorial practice, this important collaboration offered a unique opportunity to reinterpret the rich tradition of glass in Murano alongside The Wallace Collection, a world leading museum with an exquisite glass collection, and the cutting edge environment of London College of Fashion where traditional notions of fashion are challenged every day.

At the close of the Biennale, a selection of pieces from the exhibition travelled to London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery and to The Wallace Collection, where the contemporary work will be in dialogue with their important Venetian glass collection.


Outputs realised from the research project