Hedge Gallery is pleased to a present a selection from the body of new work by glass artist Ritsue Mishima. An Homage to In Grimani pays tribute to the seminal exhibition that took place at the Museum of Palazzo Grimani during last summer’s 55th Venice Biennale. Inspired by the palazzo’s 16th century architecture and decoration, Ritsue created over 26 new pieces specifically for installation in the palazzo’s Piano Nobile.
“When I first entered Palazzo Grimani I was over awed.
It was so exquisite
That I could not find space for my ideas to flow.
I was not clear what to do.
But after several visits
my conversation with the place began.
I felt I wanted to link the beauty of this palace
from it’s past to our present.
This space, so seemingly sealed within it’s own history
illuminate today with light of my glass.”
Ritsue Mishima was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1962 and moved to Venice, Italy in 1989. Seven years later, after a quest for a worthy vase and a compelling encounter on the Island of Murano, she dedicated herself to Glass. Mishima has rooted her artistic practice in the tradition of Venetian glass-making, utilizing the materials and techniques of Murano, while the masters of Anfora Furnace help her to realize her visions. In contrast with the richly colored creations of classic Murano glass, Ritsue Mishima chooses to work exclusively with transparent colorless glass, so that the viewer may appreciate the material’s capacity to contain all colors and allow the natural fluctuation of light.
Ritsue Mishima began her career as an advertising stylist. Unable to source interesting vases, she became curious about glass and began to collaborate with Murano artisans in 1996. Five years later, in 2001, Mishima was the first recipient of the Giorgio Armani Prize for Best Artist awarded at Sotheby’s Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition in London.In 2010, Mishima’s first major solo exhibition, Frozen Garden/Fruits of Fire, took place at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, followed by As It Should Be at Tokyo’s Shiseido Gallery this past year. She has also participated in group exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Salone Del Mobile in Milan, and Tokyo’s Suntory Museum, among others. Mishima’s work is held in numerous permanent collections, including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.