From March 8th to July 14th, 2014
Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
Artist Ritsue Mishima (1962) draws stimuli for her work from natural forms and reflections of light: her glass is transparent, colourless, and conveys a sense of purity and luminosity, capturing and expanding the light and colours its surroundings. The artist pays close attention to the space in which she places her works; the play of transparency and of reflections produces infinite visual variations for the subject. The thousand-year-old tradition of making glass in Venice, seen through the lens of Mishima’s Japanese culture, results in works forming a highly contemporary alphabet. This exhibition will present her latest creations, the result of a careful analysis of the modus operandi of Mariano Fortuny.
Ritsue Mishima was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1962. From 1982 she worked as a stylist for advertising firms and in 1985 began creating art installations with flowers. In 1989 she moved to Venice, where she has dedicated herself since 1996 to the creation of glass objects. Her pieces are made in collaboration with the master glass blower Andrea Zilio on the Venetian Island of Murano.Mishima has exhibited her works in Venice, Milan, London, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Kyoto, Brussels, Berlin and San Francisco. Her work is hosted in the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, Rotterdam Boijmans Van Beuningen collection, in the Coesfeld Alter Hof Herding collection, in the Frans Hals Museum, in the Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen in Holland and in The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Japan. In 2001 Mishima won the Giorgio Armani prize for Best Artist at Sotheby’s Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition in London, and in 2012 she won the Bavarian State Award at Exempla 2012: Glass-material between tradition and innovation in Munich.
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