Marcantonio Brandolini d'Adda
Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda (b. 1991) is an artist, designer and entrepreneur who lives and works in Venice, Italy. Brandolini d'Adda is the founder of AUTONOMA, an educational factory in Murano (Venice) created together with the Pilchuck School of Glass (Seattle), which brings together the skills of the island and Muranese glassmaking with the crativity of outsiders. Brandolini d'Adda was also previously an artist-in-residence at Pilchuck School of Glass and has spent much of his life in Murano's furnaces. He has exhibited his work at the Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum) in Murano, Venice as well as the galleries ALMA ZEVI Venice, Italy (2017-2020) and David Gill, London (2017).
In 2018, Brandolini d’Adda exhibited a series of indefiniti with ALMA ZEVI in New York, NY. Created in collaboration with the exhibition, a site-specific performance was presented in the space. Filmmaker Mafalda Milies filmed ballerina Megumi Eda, who was accompanied by Charles Derenne’s music, dancing amongst the ambitious sculptures. The film was presented to the public for the first time at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, in September 2018 on the occasion of the Venice Glass Week. A selection of recent glass works, broadly defined as vessel, are included in The Venice Show at ALMA ZEVI Venice, Italy (2020). With this body of work, Brandolini d'Adda has developed a revolutionary technique reusing cotissi (remnants of glass from previous firings in Murano), ensuring that his practice takes a fresh perspective on the place of glass in contemporary art.
Marcantonio Brandolini d'Adda runs LagunaB, a company making glassware and more, that was started by his mother, Marie Brandolini, in 1996.