Bicchiere rosso veneziano, 2016
Unique piece, signed by the artist and the glassblower
Handblown Murano Glass
Size ca. 20 high and ca. 6 cm diameter
A project curated by Cornelia Lauf, produced by GoldenRuler Rome, and realized by Gianni Seguso, Murano, Venice
Emilio Prini created “Bicchiere rosso veneziano” several years ago, when asked to design a drinking glass. A prominent Venetian glass artisan collaborated and this undrinkable drinking glass was born — a symbol of dreams not realized, a portrait, an image of a saturated society, a vision of that which is never attainable, and a tautology. A glass filled with glass, filled to the brim with the material of its own making.
Emilio Prini (Stresa, 1943) is an Italian artist associated with the 1960s Arte Povera movement. Prini’s works are based on the relationship between language and experience. They explore intention, practice, reproduction and documentation. His works explore media such as photography and audio recording, written text and oral discourse. His concerns with the complexities of reality and perception left him to leave much of his works undocumented so that the art is experienced in the instant and is not created in the reminiscence of stale objects. Emilio Prini lives and works in Rome.