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Galleria Abscondita will inaugurate on Thursday, May 16, 2024, the exhibition Corpo Vitreo by contemporary Murano glass artist Michele Burato, his first in the city of Rome.

Michele Burato's artistic practice began in the late 1980s when, after a long familiarity with Murano artistic glass of the 20th century, he became fascinated by the beauty of sections of old murrine canes, with which he experimented in creating polychrome plates with a unique and unusual texture.

Starting from the meticulous studio work on complex patterns and compositions on glass slabs, Burato carries out an alchemical and scientific investigation into materials, their reactions, and relationships. The works then take their final form in a furnace in Murano, where they are shaped into three-dimensional sculptures.

Michele Burato's aesthetics gather modern influences from action painting and American Abstract Axpressionism, as well as from European tachisme and informal art, while being deeply rooted in the millennia-old tradition of Murano glassmaking, especially in its colors and compositional possibilities.

Burato does not use glass material in a mimetic way but in a genetic one: in his works, there is no imitation of reality but its re-creation in a poetic instinctual language. Hints of reality are a mere form of pareidolia.

The gallery presents in this exhibition an anthology of Michele Burato's works, from the late 1990s to the present day, aiming to introduce the Roman public to the artist's journey and the peculiarity of his research on the potential of Murano glass techniques and forms.


Michele Burato (Venice, 1957) lives and works in Venice. In 2022, he won the Glass in Venice prize during his participation in Glass Week at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti – Palazzo Loredan.

His works have recently been exhibited at: VITREA: Contemporary Italian Designer Glass at the Triennale di Milano (2021); European Glass Context at Bornholm’s Center for Arts and Crafts, Denmark (2021); Under the Sand at the Venice Design Biennale (2016), Italian Ways in Contemporary Craft at the Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea (2007).

His works are included in the collections of: The Corning Museum of Glass, New York; MAD - Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museo del Castello Sforzesco Milano “Collezione Bellini Pezzoli”; Museo del Vetro di Murano, Venice; MAVA - Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcon, Madrid
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