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Italian Art Comes To Portland Through 'Living With Glass'

Post Time:Mar 05,2015Classify:Company NewsView:704

While many art collectors display their works through traveling exhibits, most of the time Dane Nelson chooses to live with his art.


An avid Italian glass collector and world traveler, Nelson has designed the interior of his home to complement the vibrant colors of the work that he collects.


But for the next two months, Nelson is sharing his collection with the public. It will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft as Living with Glass. The exhibit features works of art created in Murano, Italy from the workshops of Venini, Anzolo Fuga, Cenadese & Co., Barovier & Toso, and others.


“All of these pieces of art live with me at home,” Nelson says. “There are over 200 pieces of glass in this exhibit, and they all came from my house.”


The exhibit features works of art dating back as far as the 1930s. Nelson says that he got his start collecting Italian glass through his friend Ed Cauduro, a collector who accompanied him on his world travels.


“This exhibit is really a tribute to my good friend Ed Cauduro,” Nelson said. “He really did so much for this city [Portland], and I think this exhibit is a way of honoring him.”


Cauduro, who died at 83, was a man of independent wealth who lived life to the fullest, according to Nelson. Upon his death, Cauduro created trust funds to many organizations, including a scholarship fund to the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


“The trust, since 2007, has already given away over $7 million to different organizations in Oregon,” Nelson says.

Source: http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/italian-artAuthor: shangyi

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