Hello Zurich, ich fühle mich wie Mr. Spok

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Peter Gruenbaum


Posted in, A.Ve.M., Aldo Nason, Alfredo Barbini, Anzelo Fuga, Archimede Seguso, Aureliano Toso, barovier, Carlo Scarpa, dino martens, Flavio Poli, Fratelli Toso, Fulvio Bianconi, Gino Cenedese, gio ponti, Giorgio Ferro, Giulio Radi, Laura Santilliana, Murano glass, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Pablo Picasso, Peter Grünbaum, Peter Shire, Rare, rarity, Riccardo Licata, Tomaso Buzzi, Toni Zuccheri, umberto boletto, Venini, Vittorio Ferro, X-mas-Story by Riccardo Licata, Yochi Ohira

Paolo Venini and his Furnace

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Peter Gruenbaum

Curated by Marino Barovier 11 September 2016 - 8 January 2017

The autumn exhibition will be dedicated to Paolo Venini, an enlightened and creative entrepreneur. Exhibiting 300 works that recount his creative vision as well as of those artists who collaborated with him over the years such as Gio Ponti, Riccardo Licata, Ken Scott, Massimo Vignelli and Tobia Scarpa


Milanese by birth and Muranese by choice, Paolo Venini (1895-1959) was a great protagonist of twentieth century glass, and made a decisive contribution to keeping it alive with his enthusiastic works over the course of forty years. In his important role as a cultured, enlightened and creative entrepreneur, Paolo Venini will be the focus of the autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO: “Paolo Venini and his Furnace”, curated by Marino Barovier, will run on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore from 11th September 2016 to 8th January 2017. Through 300 works the exhibition will feature the creations of Paolo Venini and some of the artists who collaborated with him in the period following World War II.

Paolo Venini founded the V.S.M. Venini & C. glassworks together with Napoleone Martinuzzi and Francesco Zecchin in 1925. He later became Chairman of the company and worked tirelessly as guiding mentor and manager of the firm until his death in 1959. In the course of forty years of business he collaborated with great artists such as the sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi, the architects Tomaso Buzzi and Carlo Scarpa, and the designer Fulvio Bianconi to whom LE STANZE DEL VETRO have already dedicated solo exhibitions.

The role of Paolo Venini and his extraordinary personality will be at the centre of the exhibition Paolo Venini and his Furnace, but, at the same time, it will also feature the creations of those who collaborated with him episodically between the thirties and fifties, called in by Venini or having arrived themselves due to their interest in the quality of his furnace’s work: Tyra Lundgren, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Eugène Berman, Ken Scott, Charles Lin Tissot, Riccardo Licata, Massimo Vignelli, Tobia Scarpa, Grete Prytz.

On occasion of the show “Paolo Venini and his Furnace”, a catalogue will be published, edited by Skira for LE STANZE DEL VETRO, curated by Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego.


Checkered 'murrine' glass vases and bowl, 1953

Transparent 'murrine' glass plates, 1957 ca.

Posted in Carlo Scarpa, Charles Lin Tissot, Eugène Berman, Francesco Zecchin, Gio Ponti, Grete Prytz, Ken Scott, LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Marino Barovier, Massimo Vignelli, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Paolo Venini, Paolo Venini and his Furnace, Piero Fornasetti, RRiccardo Licata, Tobia Scarpa, Tomaso Buzzi, Tyra Lundgren, V.S.M., Venini & C.

Invitation "Cose Fragili"

Posted on April 07, 2015 by Peter Gruenbaum

We cordially invite you and your friends to attend the opening event on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 10 am or the regular exhibition on 8 May to13 September 2015, Museum Bellerive, Höschgasse 3, Zürich.

I look forward to meeting you at the exhibition.

Peter Grünbaum 

Invitationcard in German:

Posted in, A.Ve.M., Aldo Nason, Alfredo Barbini, Antonio Da Ros, Anzelo Fuga, Archimede Seguso, Aurealiano Toso, Barovier & Toso, Biennale, carlo Scarpa, Cose Fragili, Ettore Sottsass, Flavio Poli, Fratelli Toso, Fulvio Bianconi, Gae Aulenti, Galerie 1000-Objekte, Gino Cenedese, Giorgio Ferro, Giulio Radi, Laura Santilliana, Ludvico Santilliana, Lutz Holz, Marino Barovier, Memphis, Memphis Milan, Monika Guggisberg / John Baldwin, Murano, Muranoglas, museum Bellerive, Napoleone Martinuzzi, Paulo Venini, Peter Grünbaum, Peter Shire, rarities, rarity, Riccardo Licata, Sammlung Holz, Thomas Blank, Tobias Scarpa, Tomaso Buzzi, Toni Zuccheri, Umberto Bolletto, Venini, Vittorio Ferro, X-mas-Story by Riccardo Licata

Mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge. // With a tear in one eye and a smile in the other.

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Peter Gruenbaum

Liebe Freunde

Wie Sie vielleicht bemerkt haben, sind einige Stücke der raren Muranovasen nicht mehr in meinem Online-Shop. Ich konnte in den letzten paar Monaten etwa 50 wertvolle und rare Muranovasen an einige engagierte Sammler verkaufen.  Einerseits freut es mich sehr, dass nun viele Lieblingstücke in sehr bedeuetenden oder wachsenden Sammlungen ihren Platz gefunden haben. Andererseits bin trotzdem ein wenig wehmütig, da meine Sammlung jetzt etwas weniger glamourös geworden ist. Ich habe aber noch einige wunderbare und seltene Glasobjekte zu bieten und werde in der nächsten Zeit weitere besondere Preziosen online stellen. Daneben gibt es ja auch noch Möbel, Licht, Porzellan und Keramik, Kunst, Bücher und Geschenkvorschläge.


Ich wünsche allen einen schönen Sommer.

Ihr Peter Grünbaum




Dear friends 

As you may have noticed, some of the rare pieces of Murano vases are not more in my online store. I was able to sell in the past few months about 50 precious and rare Murano vases dedicated  to few  collectors. On the one hand I am very happy that there are now are found in very important or growing collections or their place many favorite pieces. On the other hand, I am still a little wistfully, as my collection has now become a little less glamorous. But I have still many wonderful and rare glass objects to offer and will make the next time more special gems online. In addition, there are also wonderful objects of furniture, lighting, porcelain and ceramics, art, books and gift suggestions. 


I wish you all a beautiful summer.

Your Peter Grünbaum

Posted in, Aldo Nason, Alfredo barbini, Anzelo Fuga, Barovier & Toso, Carlo Scarpa, ettore sottsass, glass, Murano, Napoleone martinuzzi, rarities, Riccardo licata, Scandinavian glass, Seguso, Thomas Blank, Toni Zuccheri, umberto boletto, Umberto Bolletto, Venini

Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931". Exihibition 8. September – 1 . December 2013

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Peter Gruenbaum

Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931

Curated by Marino Barovier 
8. September – 1. December 2013

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Posted in Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini


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