Art: New Glass

On the clustered islets of Murano, a short gondola ride from Venice, master glassblowers have huffed and puffed since the 13th century, producing some of the world's finest glass. For centuries. Murano glassmakers isolated themselves from alien ideas, but lately the masters have been experimenting with a new form—a collaboration between glassblowers and great modern painters.

Last week in an exhibit on the Lido, Venetians and visitors got a chance to inspect 215 of the Murano masters' fragile new pieces, designed by 64 artists of ten nations. Among the glass doves, sea monsters and...

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