From early on in his career, Fornasier has continued to take part in art exhibitions, performances and workshops, experimenting with different artistic expressions through collaborations with the most interesting names on the contemporary art scene.
Out of all the countless art glass exhibitions in which he has taken part, both individual and collective, the highlight has to be his invitation by Rosa Barovier Mentasti to take part in the great international glass artworks exhibition Vetri nel Mondo Oggi promoted by the IVSLA Veneto arts and sciences institute, which was held in the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti building in Venice in 2004: an international event that showcased works from 80 of the world’s most important glass artists – representatives of the studio glass movement – and provided a stage on which Fabio Fornasier stood out for his young age, creativity and technique.
There has been a succession of exhibitions and awards from ’96 to date: he won first prize in the Young Artists section at the International Exhibition “Venezia Aperto Vetro”; he was invited by galleries and institutions to exhibit in Austria, France, Switzerland and the US; and took part in three editions of the Vitraria exhibition.
In 2005, he joined Iachetti and Gumdesign as one of the 33 designers at Breakfast Design, an ironic Fuorisalone side event associated with Milan Design Week. Following his invitation by the Pistoletto Foundation’s “Cittadellarte” to act as guest speaker at the “Arte Città Società” workshop – part of the “L’isola interiore” exhibition by Achille Bonito Oliva during the Venice Biennale – he returned to Venice International University, the venue for the events, for further lectures and conferences, and to take part in the university’s art projects.
He collaborated on the History Unwired project for the 51st Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition and, in 2006, attended the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale, taking part in the CZ side event.
In 2007, for the 62nd Venice International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Abate Zanetti Glass School, he produced the special prize in Venetian glass awarded to director Takeshi Kitano.
The same year, he was presented with one of the top awards up for grabs at the Cheongju Biennale in Korea for his ReWine creation, a Rezzonico chandelier made from eighty wine bottles “hot-worked” in the Murano furnaces: an eco-friendly and technically perfect work.
In 2010, a splendid black LU Murano was chosen by the photographer Fred Leveugle to feature on the official poster for the Scènes d’Intérieur Paris, the exhibition directed by Jaime Hayon as part of the international Maison et Objets show. In March 2010, the LU Murano design was awarded the UK Lighting Design Award of the year 2010.
2013 Italy – Venice “ilLUsion” – Hotel Liassìdi Palace, Venezia
2008 Italy – Venice “LU(in)niverso – Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
2008 Italy – Venice “Eros VS Thanatos” – Centrale Lounge
2007 Italy – Milan “Oriente” – Make Up Studio Diego Dalla Palma
2006 Italy – Brescia “VI” – Antica Cantina Fratta Berlucchi
2005 Italy – Venice “Schizzi DiVini” – Wine on canvas ft. Andrea Penzo – Galleria Imagina
2005 Italy – Venice “Inferno” – Centrale Lounge
2004 Italy – Padova “Not there – here” – Galleria Zero Karati
1999 Italy – Zurich “Screpoai” – Sela Gallery
1999 Italy – Venice “Artisti Emergenti” – Galleria San Nicolò
2016 Italy – Murano “Murano Oggi” 2016/17 – Museo del Vetro di Murano (Catalogo) 7 october 2016 / 25 april 2017
2016 Italy – Venice Design.ve 25 may / 26 june
2016 Italy – Villa dei Vescovi Glass.Arte del Vetro Oggi (Catalogo) 25 may / 11 september Luvigliano di Torreglia (PD)
2012 China – Shanghai “Tradizione e Innovazione – L’Italia in Cina”
Shanghai Italian Center – Triennale di Milano (Catalogo)
2011 Latvia – Riga “Glasstress” – Art Museum Riga Bourse (Catalogo)
2007 South Korea – Cheongju “Cheongju International Biennale” (Catalogo)
2007 South Korea – Cheongju “Vitraria” (Catalogo)
2006 Italy – Venice “10° Mostra Internazionale di Architettura” – Spezio CZ
Biennale di Venezia (Catalogo)
2005 Italy – S.Vito Tagliamento “Vitraria” (Catalogo)
2004 Italy – S.Vito Tagliamento “Vitraria” (Catalogo)
2004 Italy – Venice “Vetri nel Mondo oggi” – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti (Catalogo)
1998 Italy – Venice “Venezia Aperto Vetro” – Palazzo Ducale Venezia (Catalogo)
1997 USA – Seattle “History of the World Gallery”
1997 France – La Riche “Salon International des Artistes Verriers”
1996 Italy – Venice “Venezia Aperto Vetro” – Museo Vetrario Murano (Catalogo)
2010 England Winner UK Lighting Design Awards of the year 2010
2007 South Korea – Cheongju “5th Cheongju International Competition” – Third place
1996 Italy – Venice “Venezia Aperto Vetro” – First prize in the youth section
Denmark – Bornholm Bornholm Glas Keramiksojolen
France – Vannes Le Chatel CERVAF
England – London Royal College of Art
Italy – Murano Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti
Italy – Bolzano Vetroricerca
Netherlands – Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academy
USA – Washington DC Pilchuck Glass School
Fabio Fornasier interviewed by the Cologni Foundation21 March 2018
LU Murano at Majson & Objet Paris28 January 2011
LU Murano chandeliers, between art and design19 January 2011
New LU Murano chandeliers at the Hotel and Spa Design 201014 November 2010
Simplicity is an art. LU Murano, exclusivity and imagination in a limited edition.1 November 2010