Fulvio Bianconi

Padua, 1915 - Milan, 1996

Whle he was still very young Bianconi’s family moved to Venice, where he began his career as a glass designer for a workshop in Madonna dell’Orto. He subsequently did various jobs, always exploiting his inborn talent for design. Immediately after the wat, he designed series of perfume containers for Gi.Vi.Emme. Ona visit to Murano for research purposes, he met Paolo Venini, who immediately sensed the creative potential of the young artist and invited him to join the firm. One of the very first fruits of his collaboration was the famous “fazzoletto” vase, which soon became a symbol of post-war Venice. It was followed by Commedia dell’Arte figures, exhibited at the 1948 Venice Biennale, a series of pezzati pieces, and vasi a inclusioni, which achieved great success at the 1951 Milan Triennale. From then on, Fulvio Bianconi preferred to work freelance and show his pieces at solo exhibitions. In 1950, at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan,he presented a series of vases executed for him by ‘Boboli’ and ‘Ermete’, two of the top Venini craftsmen. He exhibited again in Milan, in 1958, at the Galleria Danese, showing pieces produced by Ermanno Toso and Bon of the Maestri di Gino Mazzega glassworks. A year later, he designed a limited series of artefacts, again for Danese. In the early 1960’s, he worked for Vistosi, in whose name he won a prize at the 1963 Milan Triennale for a cylindrical vase with spiral bands of decoration. In 1965, Bianconi again offered his services to Venini, creating a series of “Informali” vases which mark a return to his favourite theme of the female figure. Subsequently, he worked freelance with a number of glassworks, in Murano and, in 1980, at Hergiswil in Switzerland. Bianconi continued to design glassware, conceiving a series of pieces for Venini during the second half of the 1980’s.

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