Silvio Vigliaturo

The Way of Glass. Silvio Vigliaturo's sculptures at the Museum of Crystal in Tuscany

Serene Lovers Musical Vibrations Motherhood


Museum of Crystal, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena, Italy

 April 8th – August 27th, 2017



 The Way of Glass


Curated by Boris Brollo and Francesca Mirabelli Giordano


Opening: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 6pm


Sculptures that go beyond simple plastic three-dimensionality, forming an alliance between masses and colors, reflections and transparencies. The Museum of Crystal, in Colle di Val d’Elsa, near Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Region of Tuscany, hosts, from April 8th, to August 27th, 201, The Glass Way, a solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist and glass maestro Silvio Vigliaturo.

The exhibition, curated by Boris Brollo and Francesca Mirabelli Giordano, is promoted by the Museum of Crustal and ODE Oesum Digital exhibition, with patronages by the municipality of Colle di Val D’Elsa, the Italian section of AIAP Unesco, and also by some of the museums where Vigliaturo has exhibited his works in the past: the Eretz Israel Museum of Tel Aviv, the Hsinchu City Glass-Museum of Taiwan, the Museum of Glass Art of Altare, Savona, the Municipal Museum of Sansepolcro, Arezzo, the Museum Karkonoskie, in Jelenia Gora, and the OMA Orlando Museum of Art.

The exhibition is entitled The Way of Glass, in reference to the path that, in the last twenty years, has taken the artist from his studio-bottega located in Chieri, Turin, to some of the most important museum devoted to glass art in Europe, Asia and the United States. Each step of this journey has marked a growth in the way the artist approaches glass, because, as Boris Brollo writes, «the artist operates a continuous challenge to himself in the tension to constantly become better in the way he intervenes on the medium and controls the final creative act, surrounded by the flashes of light that spring from the glass, by its mystical shimmers, by its cabalistic signs, by its facial shields which fluently bring back the signic chromaticisms along with his smile».

The exhibition is composed of twenty large scale glass sculptures, flexuous and colorful, which create a dialog with the extreme transparency of the crystal artifacts of the museum’s permanent collection. A sequence of bodies and faces reduced to their most essential features, but enriched by the flexuosity of the sign that traces their silhouettes and by the vibrant colors which fill them. The sign, origin and matrix of Silvio Vigliaturo’s approach to art, finds in these sculptures its natural fulfilment, surprising for its infinite possibilities of three-dimensional translation.

Francesca Mirabelli Giordano explains that « the subjects treated by the artist are extremely topical because they are ingrained to the human species and his evolution: motherhood, music, mixtures. In each of these aspects, the artist gives allegorical form to an eschatologically positive idea of social complexity, finalized to creative synthesis; a sort of Hegelian dialectic process, which find in the synthesis the overcoming of the opposites and the attainment of an evolutionary result: harmony form music; new life from motherhood; the ethnic and cultural mélange which characterizes all new societies, from mixtures ».

« Classical antiquity – writes art critic Anselmo Villata – was colorful, alive, and aesthetic plenitude: these are all aspect that Vigliaturo elaborates in a contemporary way going beyond classical media and giving birth to his creations through glass ».

The exhibition is completed by a video on the artist’s work made by Piero Muscari Communications.


The exhibition will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 1:30 pm and from 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Monday closed.

For info about the exhibition: tel. +39 0577 924135;,

To contact the artist: tel. +39 011 9422568;,

Silvio Vigliaturo (Acri, 1949) is an Italian artist and glass maestro. From the first exhibitions, in 1977, to the recent participation to the Italian Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, Vigliaturo’s artistic journey presents itself in constant evolution. Drawing, painting, glass, steel and terra cotta are all treated at the same time as materials and ideological choices. Thanks to this mélange of techniques, Vigliaturo’s experiential horizon broadens significantly, paving the way to a new vision, totally his own. The artist’s peculiar approach to glass derives directly from his tireless pictorial activity. The strong visual impact of his works is born from the transparency of the colors, capable of creating a fascinating appearance of fluidity, and the antinomy between the weight of the glass and the lightness of the forms the artist is able to shape from it. In 2006, Vigliaturo is named artistic testimonial for the XX Winter Olympic Games of Turin. In the June of the same year, the city of Acri dedicates him a museum – the MACA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Acri) – which hosts a collection of more than 200 of his works (paintings and sculptures). The Region of Calabria invites him to participate as artistic testimonial to the Expo Shanghai 2010 and again at Expo Milano 2015. At the beginning of 2013, Vigliaturo takes part to the exhibition Contemporary Glass Sculpture, at the Orlando Museum of Art, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Studio Glass by gathering the most important and renowned glass artists around the world.  In 2016 he is the only Italian artist invited to exhibit his works at the European Glass Festival in Wrocalw (Poland), European Capital of Culture 2016. He lives and works in Chieri, Turin, where he carries forward his artist research in the ovens of his studio-bottega, operating in way both very ancient and absolutely contemporary. «Each one of Vigliaturo’s works – writes gallerist Andrea Rodi – is his personal contribution to a specific topic and to the multitude of suggestions offered by our present time. A synesthetic metamorphosis transforms the sound of his voice into visual stimuli; the hand, the gesture and the sign translate and synthetize Vigliaturo’s point of view on the world into a unique and extremely expressive image ».



Silvio Vigliaturo, The Way of Glass

Curated by Boris Brollo and Francesca Mirabelli Giordano

Museum of Crystal

Via dei Fossi n. 8/A, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa (Si)

April 8th – August 27th, 2017

Opening: Saturday, April 8th, from 6 pm

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 1:30 pm and from 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Monday closed.

Entrance: full price 4 euros, reduced price 2.50 euros, free entrance for the Opening

Catalougue by Priuli & Verlucca, 2017

For information about the exhibition:

Museum of Crystal

Via dei Fossi n. 8/A, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa (Si)

Tel. +39 0577 924135


Tor contact the artist:

Vigliaturo Studio Glass

Piazza Duomo n. 3/D, 10023 Chieri (To)

Tel. + 39 011 9422568


Press office:

CSArt – Art Communication

Via Emilia Santo Stefano n. 54, 42121 Reggio Emilia

Tel. +39 0522 1715142


The Way of Glass. Silvio Vigliaturo's sculptures at the Museum of Crystal in Tuscany
Location: Museum of Crystal, Colle Val D'Elsa (SI), Italy
Curator: Boris Brollo, Francesca Mirabelli Giordano
Period: From April 8th, to August 27, 2017
Timetable: tuesday - sunday, 10 am - 1:30 pm and 2 pm - 6:30 pm
Vernissage: Saturday April 8th, 2017, from 6 pm
Inauguration: Saturday April 8th, 2017, from 6 pm
Sponsored by: Museum of Crustal; ODE Oesum Digital Exhibition
Info: -

Find us

Show the bigger map
Vigliaturo Studio Glass
Piazza Duomo 3/d, Chieri (TO), Italy
Tel. +39.011.9422568
Tel. +39.011.9422568