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Friday March 28, 2014 | by Andrew Page

OPENING: Museum survey of emerging European glass artists celebrates new generation

"European Glass Experience: Undiscovered Potential" is an exhibition celebrating a new generation of contemporary glass artists organized by the City of Venice in collaboration with the Murano Glass Museum and a consortium of glass businesses in Murano. The exhibition began as a competition funded by a European Union grant, and the project is a partnership with European cultural instutitions and production centers in Finland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The result is a touring exhibiton glass sculptures and drawings that opens today at the Finnish Glass Museum and runs through June 8, 2014. The exhibiiton will then move to the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio in Segovia, Spain, with a final stop in Spring 2015 at the Museo del vetro in Venice, Italy.

According to an official announcement of the exhibition: "The exhibits were chosen through a competition involving over 200 young glass artists (aged 18 – 40) from 22 European countries. An international competition jury consisting of museum directors, curators and glass experts from Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Finland selected 40 works representing glass art in seventeen countries."

The selected artists are: Ulrike Acker-Thomsen, Iiro A. Ahokas, José Angelino, Agnieszka Bar, Stine Bidstrup, Stefano Bullo, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Gaia Carboni, Jorge Nicolás Cuevas, Sabine Delafon, Marion Delarue, Karen Donnellan, Aaron Inker, Simone Fezer, Katya Izabel Filmus, Damien François, Birnur Derya Geylani, Valentina Girbino, Manuel Gorkiewicz, Arabella Guidotto, Sandrine Isambert, Mari Isopahkala, Lukáš Jabůrek, Barbara Jagadics, Martin Jakobsen, Renáta Jakowleff, Luke Jerram, Jessamy Kelly, Toni Kokkila, Martijn Koomen, Susanne Koskimäki, Joonas Laakso, Kaappo Lähdesmäki, Armand Lecouturier, Giulia Maculan, David Magán Moreno, Rostislav Materka, Elena Mazzi, Michal Motyčka, Kamila Mróz, Lisa L. Naas, Imre Nagy, Federica Nonnato, Katriina Nuutinen, Tets Ohnari, Martin Opl, Anne Petters, Julija Pociute, Kimmo Reinikka, Helmi Remes, Torsten Rötzsch, Verena Schatz, Josja Caecilia Schepman, Michal Šilhán, Jitka Kamencova Skuhravá, Davide Spillari, Iveta Táborová, Kirsti Taiviola, Galla Theodosis Capsambelis, Soňa Třeštíková, Elena Trevisan, Justyna Turek, Ales Vacek, Pavel Vajsejtl, Ella Varvio, Valerio Veneruso, Heikki Viinikainen, Petra Viňanská, Terese William Waenerlund, Stijn Wuyts, Ilker Yaman, Pawel Żelichowski,  and Anna Magdalena Zima

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