Cuban-American José Parlá is one of the artists represented at GLASSTRESS 2019 (at the 58th Venice Biennale [Biennale di Venezia], which runs from May 9 to November 24, 2019, at the Fondazione Berengo Art Space in Campiello Della Pescheria, Murano, Italy. It was curated by Vik Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen.
Description (from Glasstress 2019): Returning for the 58th Biennale di Venezia, the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS brings together a new line-up of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass.
GLASSTRESS is a project by Adriano Berengo dedicated to supporting his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass. Since its debut in 2009 as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, GLASSTRESS has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing ground-breaking new works in glass
To celebrate 10 years of GLASSTRESS and 30 years of Berengo Studio, the exhibition goes back to its historical roots on the island of Murano. An old abandoned glass furnace is now an evocative exhibition space for striking new works and installations by returning artists Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg and Thomas Schütte as well as first time participants Prune Nourry, José Parlá and Xavier Veilhan, amongst others. For this section, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has invited all artists to explore ‘how glass redefines our perception of space.’
For more information, see http://glasstress.org/my-product/glasstress-2019/
[Artwork above by French artists Xavier-Veilhan; from http://glasstress.org/my-product/glasstress-2019/]