Italian, Venice (Murano)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 508

A space of technological innovation and transmutation, this kitchen is where the imagined residents of this home used their knowledge of science and magic to develop a means of time travel, which has allowed them to gather works of art from across time and space. For centuries, ingenious and secretive Venetian glassmakers used raw materials from areas of North Africa and the Middle East to produce sparkling, inventive glassware. Starting in the fifteenth century, glass beads made in Venice were exchanged for goods, services, and enslaved people. This kitchen's occupants reimagine the long-standing generative and exploitative relationship between Venice and Africa by repurposing these innovative objects for their own use.

Bowl, Glass, Italian, Venice (Murano)

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