“Making sculpture involves not only changing the form and meaning of the material but also oneself.” – Tony Cragg

We are delighted to announce that the exhibition Tony Cragg: Silicon Dioxide at the Museo del Vetro in Murano has been extended! Due to its success rather than ending on the 13th of March the exhibition will now run until the 15th of May 2022, and is open to the public every day from 10am to 5pm.

Tony Cragg - Silicon Dioxide, Exhibition View

Tony Cragg: Silicon Dioxide, Exhibition view with Larder (1999) and Bromide Figures (1992) – Photo credit Michael Richter

The exhibition, which includes artworks from Cragg’s archives as well as never-before-seen sculptures created in Berengo Studio, charts Cragg’s evolving relationship with the material of glass, exploring the manifold ways it has appeared in his work throughout his artistic career. Held in association with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Tony Cragg: Silicon Dioxide is the first exhibition dedicated to the artists’s use of glass, as well as his first solo show on the island of Murano.

Shown within the temporary exhibition space of the Museo del Vetro – Murano’s glass museum – the contemporary display strikes a wonderful contrast to the historical collections housed within the Museum. Visitors can enjoy both the wealth of history the institution offers and also take the opportunity to see how the material of glass is being used by innovative creatives like Cragg working in the contemporary art world today.

Tony Cragg's Bi, 2021

​Tony Cragg, Bi, 2021 – Photo credit Francesco Allegretto

Tony Cragg's Climate, 2021

​​Tony Cragg, Climate, 2021 – Photo credit Francesco Allegretto

Among the works on display are Cragg’s large-scale installations Cistern (1999), Bromide Figures (1992), Blood Sugar (1992), and Larder (1999) artworks that demonstrate how Cragg’s approach to the material first originated in his cunning manipulation of found-objects. As the exhibition demonstrates, we find that Cragg’s relationship with glass changes radically after he begins collaborating with Berengo Studio in Murano in 2009. After this date the potential for original forms hand-blown by the glass masters takes centre stage. In fact the very first room of the exhibition is dedicated entirely to experimentations of original forms created in the studio in clear transparent glass. His artworks explore the movement of molten glass using the liquid state of the material as a starting point to emphasise the internal dynamics of the material even when it has reached its solid state in a free-standing sculpture.

Tony Cragg - Silicon Dioxide, Exhibition View

Tony Cragg: Silicon Dioxide, Exhibition view – Photo credit Michael Richter

Thanks to this extension visitors have more time to plan their visits to Murano and witness the ways this world-renown artist has used the medium of glass throughout his oeuvre for themselves.

Book your tickets via the Museo del Vetro’s website now.

Tony Cragg's Spindles, 2021

​Tony Cragg, Spindles, 2021 – Photo credit Francesco Allegretto