A GOTO FOR VENICE
AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle, Parisian, became in every respect Venetian on marrying a scion of the ancient Brandolini d’Adda family. She found in the Lagoon, the opportunity to enrich her light and vivacious, crystal-clear and inquisitive personality in the magic world of glass. She created, one by one, devoting infinite care to the motives and colors. The glasses that are both original and fun in their intriguing simplicity. The glasses recall the earlier form of more popular containers for liquids, crafted out of other less refined materials such as earthenware or pewter. In short, Marie Brandolini reinvented and ennobled goti, the drinking glasses without stems, that craftsmen of Murano traditionally made for their own use from pieces of leftover glass, melted and re-blown at the end of each day.
Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle, after a long, hard-fought battle against cancer, died in the Spring of 2013. For some years, she had been President of the Alliance Française of Venice, the Association that diffuses French culture all over the world. But at the same time, her creativity in art had always brought her close to the Glass Museum in Murano, the Fondazione Musei civici, and to those who, in Venice, study and diffuse the at of glass. It is a material, that with its unlimited processing potential, keeps on inspiring experimentation and innovation.
To commemorate Marie Angliviel de la Beaumelle Brandolini, and to promote hand made glass making, on an international level, which today is more than ever in danger of disappearing, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, the Alliance Française of Venice, the Brandolini family, the Rosenberg family, David Landau, Promovetro are sponsoring the International Competition “Un Goto per Venezia”.