Simone Crestani’s Glass Wunderkammer
The Italian artist is displaying a full world inspired by nature —but made with glass and irony— during this year’s Munich Creative Business Week
There are gossamer bonsai trees, with stupefyingly delicate branches. The same level of detail went on the ribs of transparent fish and octopi that climb along the stem of wine glasses.
True to his regional heritage, Veneto-born Crestani is known for his glassblowing works, using techniques he learned while still very young. “I am an artisan first, an artist second,” he explains. “Glass chose me, before I had any idea of what I wanted to become. And [my muse is] nature: it fills me with awe and inspires me to give form to my works.”
In his interpretation of the original cabinet of curiosities of yesteryear, he brings together “nature and oddities, the fantastical and the imaginative.” That surely explains the headless chicken with bellies full of wine, the massive and awe-inspiring stag heads and the eery interpretations of bird feet that test the limits of borosilicate glass.
Kristalline Wunderkammer is on display until April 24