Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea

Brian Rochefort, Collapse, exhibition view, 2019. Courtesy Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea. Photo: Roberto Marossi

Caterina Tognon collaborates with international artists and designers who work with glass, whether primarily or occasionally, and represents the international Studio Glass movement. It is one of the leading European galleries dedicated to this medium, with a selection of artists who work in crossing the line between visual and applied arts. The gallery retains a strong identity and recognizable style that has earned it a loyal following. Since its founding, the gallery’s exhibition program has favored solo shows and participation in international trade fairs. Caterina Tognon has always built deep ties with the place in which it operates: in Venice, it has organized important exhibitions in collaboration with the city’s cultural institutions, including the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Museo del Vetro, the Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico and Ca’ Pesaro.

Vaclav Cigler, Prisms and Cylinders, 2019, exhibition view, Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice. Courtesy Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice. Photo: Francesco Allegretto

During its long activity, the gallery has collaborated with many international cultural institutions and museums. Founded in 1991 in Bergamo, originally named D’Arte&Divetro, the gallery’s sole owner is Caterina Tognon. In 1998, the gallery moved to Venice, first to Campo San Maurizio and then, in 2015, to Corte Barozzi, just a few steps from Piazza San Marco.

Maria Grazia Rosin, I Boreali, 2019, exhibition view, Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice. Courtesy Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice. Photo: Francesco Allegretto

Exhibitions

City Exhibition Date
Venezia Nature and its image, Toots Zynsky Until 11.02.2023
“I deal with forms of creative research that move on the edge, balancing between visual and applied arts, without ever losing sight of both. ”
Caterina Tognon. Courtesy Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venice

In conversation with Caterina Tognon, Caterina Tognon arte contemporanea

What characterizes the Italian art scene? Is there a Made in Italy of your work?

In Italy, unlike many places in the world, it is essential to appreciate and preserve our historical heritage: contemporary arts must confront the past. This is our vocation and mission. “Made in Italy” is fundamental for my gallery: I deal with contemporary artistic glass that originates from the millenary tradition of Murano blown glass.

What is your background?

In 1988, I graduated in Architecture at IUAV. I continued my studies in 1989-90, with a doctorate degree from the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. From 1985 to 1990, I was in charge of the artistic direction as well as the production and commercial management of the Zennaro Orlando Glassworks in Venice. In 1991, I opened my gallery in Bergamo, and in 1998, the one in Venice. Since 2004, I have also directed the cultural association Cotisse, aimed at promoting collaboration between artists and master glassmakers.

Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Corte Barozzi, Venice. Courtesy Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea
What kind of art do you deal with?

I deal with forms of creative research that move on the edge, balancing between visual and applied arts, without ever losing sight of both. My artists are sculptors, painters, multimedia operators who choose a material (glass, ceramics, etc.) as a specific field of their research. From 1991 to the present day, I have selected artists in Italy, Bohemia, Holland, Japan, Canada, the United States and Australia.

Something important you’ve learned from an artist? And from a collector?

From artists, I’ve learned generosity in managing their work. From collectors: a great seriousness and a refined competence.

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Artists

  • Giampaolo Bertozzi & Stefano Casoni
  • Cristiano Bianchin
  • Václav Cigler
  • Vittorio Corsini
  • Mario Cresci
  • Laura De Santillana
  • Maurizio Donzelli
  • Hubert Duprat
  • Claire Fontaine
  • Aldo Grazzi
  • Mieke Groot
  • Katarzyna Kozyra
  • Silvia Levenson
  • Stanislav Libenský & Jaroslava Brychtová
  • Jessica Loughlin
  • Richard Marquis
  • Josiah McElheny
  • Richard Meitner
  • Maria Morganti
  • Gaetano Pesce
  • Brian Rochefort
  • Maria Grazia Rosin
  • René Roubìcek & Miluse Roubickovà
  • Lilla Tabasso
  • Francisco Tropa
  • Giorgio Vigna
  • Heimo Zobernig
  • Toots Zynsky