Michela Cattai ()

Biography Michela Cattai is based in Milan and Venice. Having graduated in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, taught by Fabrizio Plessi, she began her research on glass at a Design course held by Ennio Chiggio. In 1992, she founded the Galleria Michela Cattai in Milan, with the aim of creating a dialogue between art and design. With roots still in Venice, she decided to deepen her study of glass inside the furnace by experimenting with the Murano blown glass practice. Having learnt renaissance techniques and studied the history of glass in the XX century, Michela Cattai developed her own processes. Through the careful study of colour and shape, she creates abstract artworks that reflect her history and identity. The result of her most recent research appears in the dialogue she creates in recent work between glass and recycled materials. Here, she not only moves beyond the classical rules of glass working, she also draws the public’s attention to a global and very contemporary theme. This reflective artistic process echoes her desire to create something meaningful for future generations. Michela Cattai’s artworks are presented in international exhibitions and fairs and are part of private and public collections. She collaborates with Venini both as a designer and as a curator.

Exhibitions

2019. 7-15 September | Solo exhibition. The Venice Glass Week HUB, Reshaping the Tradition, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy.

2019. 7-15 September | Collective exhibition. The Venice Glass Week HUB, Venini Collective Exhibition 2019, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy.

2019. 10-25 May | Solo exhibition. Reshaping the Tradition, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo, Japan.

2019. 7-11 February | Fair. NOMAD, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2019. 19-20 January | Fair. FOG Design+Art, Casati Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

2018. 1-4 November | Fair. Sofa Chicago, Casati Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2018. 9-16 September | Collective exhibition. The Venice Glass Week, Palazzo Querini, Venice, Italy.

2018. 17-22 April | Solo exhibition. Milano Design Week, Brera Design District, Michela Cattai Studio, Milan, Italy.

2018. 8-11 February | Fair. NOMAD, Casati Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2018. 23 January – 18 February | Collective exhibition. EUSART, Galleria Civica di Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy.

2017. 11-14 January | Fair. FOG Design+Art, Casati Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

2017. 13-17 September | Fair. Expo Chicago, Casati Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2017. 10-17 September | Solo exhibition. The Venice Glass Week, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Italy.

2017. 13-18 June | Fair. Miami/Design Basel, Casati Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.

2017. 12-21 April | Solo exhibition. Sala del Cenacolo, Chamber of Deputies, Rome, Italy.


Museum Acquisitions

2019 | Permanent collection Italian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.

2018 | Permanent collection Murano Glass Museum, Venice, Italy.

2018 | Permanent collection Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia, Venice, Italy.

2017 | Europeana, DDB (German Digital Library).

2017 | Permanent collection Stiftung Museum KunstPalast, Düsseldorf, Germany.