Born in 1912 in one of the most important families of Murano glassmakers, Alfredo Barbini started working in the furnace when he was a little more than a child. When he was not eighteen yet, he became Master, showing an inner ability in the shaped glass and by leaving amazed the ones who saw him at work.
The first essential moment for his artistic growth was the meeting with the sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi who hired Barbini in his glass factory, the Zecchin-Martinuzzi. Here Barbini participated in the creation of first sculptures in massiccio glass, in Novecentista style, drawn by Martinuzzi in person.
The collaboration between them continued over the decades. When the Zecchin-Martinuzzi closed, Alfredo Barbini joined the V.A.M.S.A. (Vetreria Artistica Muranese Società Anonima) as master. His contribution was very important, especially in the field of glass sculpture and in the one of thick substance, with particular chromatic effects, as the "Vetro Fumato".
In 1946 he became the associate and artistic director of the new factory Gino Cenedese & C.
In 1948 he took part in his first Biennale with another of his creations: the "Acquari",
irregular blocks of glass where there are fishes and sea creatures, shaped in advance.
In 1950, Alfredo decided to found his own glass factory, helped by his daughter oceania, who was in charge of administration, and his son Flavio, who drew several collections.
The factory was a sort of cathedral of gothic inspiration, built in a very big garden and with windows of different tones of colours, which let the same quantity of light come in all day long, from sunrise to sunset.
There, he continued to create and innovate: his works were shaped on one unique
block, very thick with stratifications of different tones which increased the sculptural texture; he played with dark colours from which he created a whole range of
To remember also the pieces drawn for him by Napoleone Martinuzzi, in the mid-sixties. They were simple shapes with a decorated surface.
With Alfredo Barbini's death, on the 13 February 2007, the glass factory ceased the production.
The exhibition La Fratelli Toso arrives in Altare (SV)
The masterpieces realized by the glass factory Fratelli Toso between 1930 and 1980 arrives in the beautiful museum Museo dell'Arte Vetraria in Altare, a little medieval town in Liguria, with a long tradition in glass making.
Inside an Art Nouveau style villa, you can retrace the most important moments of the Fratelli Toso glass factory throughout the 50 historical pieces on show, in addition to several sketches and historical pictures.
You can visit the exhibition until February 27, 2022
Exhibition PENSIERO NOMADE - opere di Sergio Cerini
On Thursday 18 November, we present at Lamari Creative Shopping the artworks by Sergio Cerini, in the exhibition Pensiero Nomade.
The artist Sergio Cerini, after an important career in fashion, shifts his creativity and communicative strength towards visual art. Art and fashion, creativity and research, aesthetics and color, curiosity and experimentation:
these are the elements that characterize the works on display, managing to convey to the observer the dreaming and dreamed world by the artist