Season 2017-2018

Exhibition ‘Flora in vitro’
Glass treasures with Venetian roots

Beaded flowers is a stunning but almost forgotten historical handicraft, rooted in the former production of coveted Murano seed beads, conterie. A unique exhibition entitled ‘Flora in vitro’ highlights the old Venetian craft of immortalising flowers in sparkling glass beads and metal wire. Dr. Georg Ragnar Levi, author of the book Flower Forever, shows a selection from his private collection of 1000 antique and new handmade bead flowers from Italy, France and elsewhere. Throughout the centuries, people have made beaded blooms as gifts of love – often commemorating a particular person or a special occasion such as a birth or a wedding, says Dr. Levi. The title ‘Flora in vitro’ alludes to the representation of flowers outside their biological context, in glass – preserving our memories forever, he says.

Flowers in glass beads from Venice and France:
From 10 to 17 September, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
From 18 September to 10 October, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (from Monday to Saturday)

Georg Ragnar Levi – creative concept and collection

During The Venice Glass Week, the Palazzetto Bru Zane also presents:
The conference ‘Flower Forever – The everlasting flora of Venice and France’ (conference in English)
The concert ‘Note riflesse’