On June 12th and 13th 2008 the international jury of the “GRAALGLASS International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea” will design the winners of the eighth edition. The meeting will be held in the CEI – Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat seat. After the greetings of the Ambassador Pietro Ercole Ago, who reconfirmed also in the 2008 edition the support of such an important organization as CEI, Aldo Colonnetti (IED Director), Barbara Fabro (CEI), Lia Ferrari (Io Donna-Corriere della Sera), Renzo Ferro (Furnace Anfora), Branko Franceschi (HDLU), Silvio Fuso (Director of the Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Venice and of the Glass Museum of Murano) and Puccio Migliaccio (glass expert), guided by Gillo Dorfles, will choose the best original projects of a drinking vessel inspired by the symbols and the tradition of the Holy Grail.
The competition, organized by Trieste Contemporanea, is conceived for young designers coming from the 18 countries adhering to Central European Initiative, Baltic States, Germany and Turkey and its aim is to promote the most original design expressions of Central European Countries. The contest, once again, is related to the glass blowing technique and the best projects will be realized in Murano’s furnaces.
This initiative contributes to the cultural exchanges between Trieste and Venice and it is an important occasion of confrontation between the local glass technique and the creativity of international artists.
The first prize, of 4.000 euros, will be dedicated, starting from this edition, to Gillo Dorfles, president of the jury and promoter of the contest. The prize, of 3.000 euros, offered by CEI to the best designer born in one of the CEI countries outside the European Union, is reconfirmed. Lastly, a prize of 1.000 euros will be assigned to the youngest selected desiner.
The final exhibition of the selected works will open on 10th September 2008 in the prestigious seat of the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum in Venice and in December it will be displayed in Trieste.