Upcycling Glass

An extraordinary opportunity for art, craftsmanship, innovation and sustainability to meet

MURANO: UPCYCLING GLASS presents a valuable opportunity to discuss important environmental issues – such as recycling glass – and energy-related matters, thus showing how much the Murano glass industry cares about sustainability and strives to put it into practice without ever losing sight of the distinctive traditions that make it unique.

From 7 September 2023 to 6 January 2024, the exhibition in the Murano Glass Museum will demonstrate that waste can become a work of art. It will contain around 40 creations by 15 master glassmakers from companies licensed to display the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark, all of whom accepted the challenge of shaping a material with which they are not accustomed to working: clear, colourless recycled glass made from secondary raw materials. It is the type of glass that is most widely known, spread, used and “thrown away”, but it is extremely difficult to tame.

The choice of this shared “platform” enabled the master glassmakers to highlight a wide range of traditional techniques as they expressed themselves. As well as glassworks with furnaces, there is a place in the selection for those involved in lampwork, fusion, mirror production and cold working processes (grinding and beating). For the occasion,

the exhibition



the works

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CO2 impact


“This exhibition embodies what we cherish most of all – the exceptional craftsmanship encapsulated by Murano glass – while also using a traditional medium to raise awareness about the environment."

Luciano Gambaro, President of Consorzio Promovetro Murano

"The artisans had to adapt to the new material, rediscovering it, taming it and above all “elevating” it from waste to a genuine work of art."

Arch. Matteo Silverio, studio rehub – Exhibitoin Curator

"We are proud to have contributed to this project, because Murano art is an exceptional means of showing people that recycled glass is not only sustainable but also beautiful."

Gianni Scotti, President of CoReVe.

"The items on show once again bear witness to the thirst for the future in Murano. They underline the district’s commitment to facing up to the big changes of our time yet again."

Stefano Micelli, Professor of Economics and Business Management Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

"The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia enthusiastically welcomed the proposal for this exhibition, which highlights the opportunities and results of waste glass recycling."

Mariacristina Gribaudi, President of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

"Once again, the island of Murano bounced back and promptly found new ways to continue its amazing adventures in artistic glassmaking."

Chiara Squarcina, head of Museum Activities Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

"A partnership between CoReVe and Promovetro is behind the exhibition, which gives centre stage to eye-catching, stunningly shiny recycled industrial glass. It has opened."

Jean Blanchaert, Gallerist, Curator and Artist

Murano: Upcycling Glass


At the Murano Glass Museum. in Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8, a few meters from the “Murano-Museo” vaporetto stop and the Cathedral of San Donato.

opening hours

Everyday 10 AM  – 6 PM (Last entrance at 5 PM). The closing operations of the museum begin 20 minutes before the closing time.

SPECIAL EVENING OPENINGS Until the 30th September 2023, every Friday and Saturday Open until 8 PM (last entrance at 7 PM)



Full price € 10

Reduced € 7.50  | Children aged 6 to 14; students from 15 to 25; visitors over 65; holders of the Rolling VeniceCard; holders of ISIC – International Student Identity Card.

Free | Residents and those born within the Comune di Venezia; infants between 0 and 5; disabled persons plus accompanier; tourist guides enabled in Italy accompanying groups or individual visitors; accompanying teachers of school groups (up to 2 teachers per group); ICOM members; MUVE ordinary partners; holders of the MUVE Friend Card; holders of Art Pass Venice Foundation; holders of Venetian Heritage Foundation membership card (valid for two people); holders of Save Venice Inc. Fellow membership card (valid for two people); members of “Amici dei Musei e Monumenti Veneziani”.

getting there

The closest vaporetto stop is “Murano – Museo“, which can be reached with the ACTV lines 4.2, 4.1 and 3. Or you can swimm to the canal in front of the entrance.

Murano: Upcycling Glass


MURANO: UPCYCLING GLASS è un progetto promosso da Consorzio Promovetro Murano con il contributo di Regione del Veneto e Camera di Commercio Venezia e Rovigo, e realizzato in collaborazione con Comune di Venezia, Fondazione MUVE, Co.Re.Ve – Consorzio Recupero Vetro e Compagnia Energetica Italiana. L’iniziativa gode del supporto di rehub e Veritas e dell’apporto tecnico di Effetre Murano, Favini e Officina Pinzon. Ideato con lo scopo di promuovere il marchio regionale Vetro Artistico® Murano, Murano: Upcycling Glass è un evento inserito all’interno del programma della The Venice Glass Week 2023.