In vitro humanitas

A particular exhibition in the splendid Sansevero Chapel Museum in Naples: “In vitro humanitas” presents human bodies made with the lampwork glass technique, in direct dialogue with the two extraordinary eighteenth-century anatomical machines found in the museum’s underground cavea


Another expression of the Venetian artist’s “Escape from the Cage” period are the glass sculptures referred to as “Aquariums,” in which bodies appear trapped between glassy tendrils communicating a sense of helplessness and alienation from the ever-changing reality that instead would like to constantly equalize.

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At the “Flight” stage, the Venetian artist’s glass sculptures represent human beings in their full expression. The glass, shiny and transparent, can be shaped into a shimmering latticework of interwoven threads that gain substance from color but especially from the reflections of light. Man is represented finally free from the “Cage,” portrayed in the act of taking flight or in the utmost expression of his being.


In his primal creative phase, Venetian glass sculptor Mauro Bonaventura represents the challenge with the material glass through the concept of the Cage, symbolized by the “Sphere” of interwoven Murano glass filaments, which protects and at the same time imprisons the human being.


The Venetian artist’s glass sculptures named “One-on-One” represent human beings intertwined with each other, resulting in compositions called “Ruota”; “Wall”; “Carosello” and “Torre.”



The moods and thoughts of the human being depicted in the Venetian artist’s glass sculptures are part of the Sinapsi series.


“BRONZO” by Mauro Bonaventura contains a magical universe of dreams, secrets and mysteries.

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