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  • Installation view. © the artist and courtesy YSP. Photo Jonty Wilde

Venetian glass comes to Yorkshire

Laura and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana exhibit in the UK for the first time

The siblings, descended from the Venini glassware dynasty, bring their distinctly different work to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 18th century chapel. Using the blown vessel, Laura produces collapsed forms she calls ‘glass books’ and plans to generate a colourful library of pieces, whereas Alessandro creates dark panels using a centuries-old technique for making windows. ‘They have fine-tuned shared experiences into distinctive visual languages,’ says Peter Murray, executive director of the YSP. ‘What they have in common is a shared passion for glass: the tradition, the craft and the endless possibilities from the magical, unpredictable qualities of this medium.’

The exhibition is at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 6 September


Alabaster D, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, 2014. © the artist and courtesy YSP. Photo Jonty Wilde