Venetian glass artist exhibits works in Taipei

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Chang I (張毅, left)

Chang I (張毅, left)

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Renowned Venetian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra will exhibit his works in Taipei for the first time from Sept. 11 through March 4, 2018, organizers of the exhibition said Thursday.

A total of 41 glass artworks by Tagliapietra will be displayed in the exhibition entitled "One of a Kind: Lino Tagliapietra," at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

The 84 year old Italian glassblower was born on the island of Murano, Venice where the history of glass-making can be traced to 1291.

Speaking at a press preview in Taipei on Thursday, Tagliapietra said that despite not receiving any formal schooling himself, he believes that school is always the best place for young people to learn. He also recommended practical experience, stressing that "culture is life and also the accumulation of experience."

Chang I (張毅), founder of Liuligongfang and Co., one of the organizers of the event, said that Tagliapietra started training in the field at the age of 10 and has 74 years of experience in the field, with his creations collected by top museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and 35 others.

Tagliapietra has used the complicated and traditional Venetian glassblowing technique to create exquisitely elegant modern art, Chang said.

Glass is a miraculous material because it is alive, even when cooling down it still moves. Glass is inextricably intertwined with fire and water and thus closely connected to nature, he added.

"Tagliapietra shows us what can be achieved if one persists from the age of 10...In all that he has achieved, Lino's values and attitude far outweigh the importance of the aesthetics of his artwork and reflect the beauty of modern art," Chang noted.

(By Cheng Ching-wen and William Yen)

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