The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced a gift of forty-four works in glass by renowned architect Carlo Scarpa from David Landau and his wife, Marie-Rose Kahane.
Created during Scarpa's fifteen-year collaboration with Venini Glassworks in Venice, the collection includes notable works representing various techniques established under his guidance, including bollicine, named for the presence of air bubbles inside the glass; sommersi glass, which is formed by alternating layers of clear colored glass and bubble glass; and spirale glass, which is decorated with colored opaque glass in ribbon-shaped patterns. All of the works were recently on view at the museum in the Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932–1947 exhibition.
"Every piece in this extraordinary gift is an outstanding example of Scarpa's artistry. Together, these works represent the full sweep of his oeuvre in glass," said Sheena Wagstaff, the museum's Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art. "From the incandescence of a wafer-thin vessel tinged with blue — or a vase in which bubbles of air are suspended in translucent glass that glimmers in the light from tiny fragments of gold leaf — this remarkable donation from Dr. Landau and Ms. Kahane is a dazzling and deeply generous gesture. It will have a transformative impact on our holdings of twentieth-century glass and design and will form important links to the Met's Greek, Roman, Asian, and European holdings, to whose lineage Scarpa pays shimmering homage."