Curated by: Fiorella Mattio, Sandro Pezzoli
With this exhibition, the Castello Sforzesco wants to metaphorically toast, with all its visitors, to the reopening of the museums to the public, after the long period of closure for the containment of the spread of the Sars-Cov2 pandemic.
At the center of the path of the Museum of Decorative Arts, which presents the forms of living and decoration with over 1300 objects of art from the early Christian age to the present day, 166 glasses of the twentieth century are presented, each different in shape , technique and chromatic choice.
Three windows in the center of the room present the three main nuclei that make up the rich collection of artist glasses collected by Aldo Bellini and Sandro Pezzoli in twenty years of activity at the renowned "La scaletta" restaurant in Milan, a meeting place for artists and creatives, and at the “Scaletta di vetro” art gallery.
The first showcase presents the designer glasses, with some of the most famous series of the Carlo Moretti company, specimens by Sergio Asti, Gianfranco Frattini and Matteo Thun.
The central display case celebrates the creativity of Murano master craftsmen, through numerous variations of the traditional model and sophisticated execution techniques (from half filigree, to reticello or retortoli filigree, to murrine, to inclusions of gold leaf). Finally, the third exhibits glass-sculptures in which the creative aspect prevails over functionality and some masterpieces by internationally renowned glass artists, such as Lino Tagliapietra and Silvia Levenson.
The staging of the exhibition dialogues with the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts by entering the section dedicated to the art of the table. In a fourth display case, in the center of the room, some cornerstones of Olga Finzi Baldi's silver production of the twentieth century are exhibited, while in the side showcases the historical collection of cutlery by Gianguido Sambonet is exhibited.
Some glasses on display flank this exhibition of historical cutlery, in an effective dialogue, by assonance or contrast, of shapes, colors and styles.