Mind-blowing! When art and design take on glassAt the moment
15 March 2019 - 30 June 2019
Astonishing, poetical, sometimes even surprising... The glass as we rarely see it, elevated, modified and reinvented by designers and artists
After Bistro! From Baudelaire to Picasso (2017) and Wine and Music, harmony and dissonance (2018), La Cité du Vin presents Mind-blowing! When art and design take on glass from 15 March to 30 June 2019. In a refined setting, the exhibits are sometimes functional, but more often symbolic or repurposed. Creations from Nicolas Boulard, Achille Castiglioni, Hubert Le Gall, Arik Levy, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Gaetano Pesce, or Philippe Starck rub shoulders with original works from matali crasset and the film-maker Jérôme de Gerlache, created especially for the exhibition. Mind-blowing! has been created by the Foundation for wine culture and civilisations and guest curator Bettina Tschumi.
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A 100% contemporary exhibition
Nearly a hundred glass exhibits produced in the past twenty years will be unveiled as from 15 March 2019 by the Foundation for wine culture and civilisations. Glass artworks, drawings, projects and performances as well as video works to explore, through the exhibition, the creative process of transformation. From sand to glass, from grape to wine, from the utilitarian object to the original work.
Curation and scientific committee
Mind-blowing! has been created by the Foundation for wine culture and civilisations and guest curator Bettina Tschumi.
Bettina Tschumi studied art history under Michel Thévoz at the University of Lausanne. After working at MAMCO in Geneva and making an inventory of a large collection of contemporary Geneva art, she assisted the director of the Swiss Institute for the Study of Art on various projects, including the Dictionary of art in Switzerland.
Curator at mudac, the museum of contemporary design and applied arts in Lausanne between 2003 and 2015, she was in charge of the management and development of the contemporary glass art collection. Bettina Tschumi has worked as a freelance since 2016. Exhibition curator, author and researcher at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, she regularly works on international projects.
- Marion Eybert, project development, Foundation for wine culture and civilisations
- matali crasset, designer, Paris
- Yann Grienenberger, director of CIAV (the international centre for glass arts) in Meisenthal
- Isabelle Reiher, director of CIRVA (the international research centre for glass and plastic arts) in Marseille
A book dedicated to the exhibition has been published by 5 Continents Editions. It covers the exhibition's 4 sections and also offers essays, brief analyses and interviews with the project's main players. An invitation to continue thinking about our relationship with the environment, our values and the implications of the creative process.
Editor : Bettina Tschumi, exhibition curator, assisted by Marion Eybert, manager of temporary exhibitions of La Cité du Vin
With contributions from matali crasset, designer, Stéphane Derenoncourt, biodynamic winegrower, Yann Grienenberger, director of CIAV (the international centre for glass arts - Meisenthal), Isabelle Reiher, director of CIRVA (the international research centre for glass and plastic arts)
Publication of the catalogue: March 2019 / 5 Continents Editions, Milan / 134 pages / Cover price: €25 / Points of sale: La Cité du Vin Boutique, and in bookshops.