Federica Marangoni, artist, photo credits - Glass in Venice

Federica Marangoni

Italy 1940

Installation, Sculpture, Video Art, Design


Federica Marangoni
Federica Marangoni
September 1, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Federica Marangoni is an Italian contemporary artist and designer who has spent her career researching different materials and technological media such as video and neon light.

Fedra Studio Design

Born in 1940 in Padova, Italy, Marangoni’s began her artistic career in the early 1960s when she trained at the Venice art school. Marangoni was focused on the use of new plastic and neon materials until the early ’70s when she shifted to the use of videos in order to record her works and installations.
In 1970 Federica opened her own design studio “Fedra Studio Design” in Venice.
In the same year the artist began to use and experiment with glass, a material which became an important part of her sculpture and her design. The artist began to create both small sculptures and objects for mass production working with continuous frequency in numerous furnaces on the Venetian island of Murano where glass has been made for more than 700 years.

Left - Federica Marangoni - Stairway to Heaven - 1998 - Right - Federica Marangoni - Go Up For Architecture - 2013 - photo credits - artist
Left: Federica Marangoni – Stairway to Heaven – 1998 / Right: Federica Marangoni – Go up for Architecture – 2013

Marangoni’s works ranges from design objects for the production to glass sculptures and large-scale installations made of technological media such as video and neon light combined with glass.

The Interrogation at the MoMA

In 1980 she achieved international success when her installation-performance The Interrogation which was presented, together with the world premiere of her experimental film The Box of Life, 16mm, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The film was acquired by the Archive of media arts of MoMA.

Federica Marangoni - The Interrogation - 1980 - Museum of Modern Art in New York MoMA
Federica Marangoni – The Interrogation – 1980

Following the exhibition at MoMA, Federica Marangoni participated at the Venice Biennale in 1980, where she used the video, electrified body in wax and self-portrait on silk-screened Plexiglas panel, two CH TV and video installation on VHS – Life is Time and Memory of Time. In this video, the artist drew a line between her early productions and late works.

The Electronic Rainbow by Federica Marangoni

The use of electronic technology combined with glass has continued since the early 1970s, as in her 14m high glass-video installation The Electronic Rainbow in laminated glass of 7 colours promoted by The City of Venice, with the Mazzotta Foundation, for the Venice Biennale in 1997.

Federica Marangoni - The Electronic Rainbow - 1997
Federica Marangoni – The Electronic Rainbow – 1997

Fusing in her mixed media works neon or Led lights, glass and the moving virtual images of the screens, a video pioneer Federica Marangoni creates a new dynamic with an elusive, liberal dimension, even with strong iron structures and huge dimension, her sculpture acquires a special dynamic energy. The technological supports represent in her works the third dimension that has been given to art in our time by technology; the movement, life and emotiveness of contemporary society.
After more than 40 years of international activity, she still maintains a strong aesthetic quality and humanist essence in her message.

Federica Marangoni: The Places of Utopia

Federica Marangoni: The Places of Utopia is Marangoni’s book published in 2008. The book shows the artist’s view of the world through neon and video, both in frequent combination with glass, her material of choice. The book was previewed at the Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa, Italy in 2008, along with The Room of the Free Woman, an installation dedicated to the famous English writer Virginia Woolf. The installation was composed of “The unwritten book” situated at the centre of the room, on a “pedestal”. It was the book of memory, the symbolic icon of the unwritten book of the women artist, surrounded by barbed wire in which red neon letters are trapped.

Federica Marangoni - The Room of the Free Woman - 2007
Federica Marangoni – The Room of the Free Woman – 2007

The Places of Utopia was also introduced at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, accompanied by an exhibition of selected works from 1970 to the present that included video-installation Tolerance-In-Tolerance, fronted by a barrier of barbed wire, emblematically reverberating with a line of red neon. Tolerance-In-Tolerance included projection of 100 images from the everyday news, about humanity tragedies.

Federica Marangoni - Tolerance-In-Tolerance - 2005 - photo credits - artist
Federica Marangoni – Tolerance-In-Tolerance – 2005

The Leading Thread and Other Exhibitions

An exhibition/installation by Federica Marangoni entitled The Leading Thread is currently on view at Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice. Organised by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia in conjunction with the Venice Art Biennale The Leading Thread is on view until September 13th, 2015.

Federica Marangoni - The Leathing Threat - 2015 - Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Contemporary Art - photo credits - artist
Federica Marangoni – The Leathing Threat – 2015 – Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Contemporary Art

Federica Marangoni has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in museum and galleries worldwide, including Palazzo della Fraternita die Laici, Arezzo, Italy (2014); Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City (2013); Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum, Genoa, Italy (2011); Museo del Castello di Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona, Switzerland (2008); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2007); Institute of Italian Culture, Madrid, Spain (2006); Remy Toldeo Gallery, New York City (2005); Holly Salomon Gallery, New York City (1995); Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany (1990); Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan (1990); and Musée d’Art Contemporaine Véhicule de Montreal, Montreal, Canada (1980), among others.
Marangoni has a wide experience as coordinator of exhibitions as well as installations, including those for fairs, and catalog editing.

Teaching Career

From 1976 to 1989 Federica Marangoni was assistant professor of the Department of Art and Art Education at New York University, NY. She has held seminars at NYU and Summer courses in Venice with a workshop on glass. She also holds lectures and courses in many universities in the United States and cultural centres.

Federica Marangoni lives and works in Venice, Italy.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015The Leading ThreadCa’ Pesaro, Venice, ItalySolo
2014Feeding New Ideas for the CityFuori Salone, Milan, ItalyGroup
2014The Time Machine|Life is Time and Memory of TimePalazzo della Fraternita die Laici, Arezzo, ItalySolo
2013Heart of ArtAnna Zorina Gallery, New York CityGroup
2013Go ForeverArsenale Spa, Venice, ItalyGroup
2013Forever UpICASTICA, Carrara, ItalyGroup
2013Art Has No Sex, HumanityICASTICA, Arezzo, ItalyGroup
2013Hybrid ArchitectureSalone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, ItalyGroup
2012Passaggio dell UmanitaCastiglione del Lago, Perugia, ItalySolo
2012Driving ThreadBrufa, Perugia, ItalySolo
2011Quod erat demonstrandumPalazzo Lombardi, Arezzo, ItalyGroup
2011Arte e Visione, Nove Artiste RaccontanoCastiglione del Lago, Perugia, ItalyGroup
2011Nel Segno della DonnaVilla Croce Contemporary Art Museum, Genoa, ItalyGroup
2011Abita-MI 2011, Milano FairMilan, ItalyGroup
2011Incerte PatrieSilvy Bassanese Arte Contemporanea, Biella, ItalyGroup
2011Palazzo Zenobio per L’ArteVenice, ItalyGroup
2011L’Arte non e cosa nostra54th Venice Biennale, Italian Pavillion, Venice, ItalyGroup
2010Percorsi dello SguardoCultural Center S. Gaetano, Padua, ItalyGroup
2010Non si butta via nullaARTRE Gallery, Genoa, ItalyGroup
2010Bad GirlsGenoa, ItalyGroup
2010Symbols and FetishesGenoa, ItalyGroup
2009Terribly EmotionalGhiglione Gallery, Genoa, ItalyGroup
2009No More, Milan as an open sky Museum: Contemporary Art Exhibition Beyond the Limit 1898-2009Piazza della Scala, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009Glass StressInstituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere de Arti, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009Tolerance in Tolerance, Triennial de MilanoMilan, ItalyGroup
2009PEOPLESilvy Bassanese Gallery, Biella, ItalyGroup
2009Light and ShadeCentro de las Artes, Madrid, SpainSolo
2009Beyond the Limit, Plaza International Contemporary Art ExhibitionPiazza della Scala, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008SuccessiARTRE Gallery, Genoa, ItalyGroup
2008MimosArtePerl’A Art Gallery, Venice, ItalyGroup
2008The room of the free womanVilla Croce Museum, Genoa, ItalySolo
2008The places of the UtopiaItalian Institute of Culture, New York, USASolo
2008Un Libro in MascheraFondazione Biblioteca di Via Senato, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008Terribly EmotionalMuseo del Castello di Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona, SwitzerlandGroup
2007ArtfairPalm Beach, USAGroup
2007Terribly EmotionalSilvy Bassanese Arte Contemporanea, Biella, ItalyGroup
2007Viva Vetro, Glass Alive, Venice and AmericaCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2007Cornice Art FairVenice, ItalyGroup
200752th Biennale di VeneziaVenice, ItalyGroup
2007The Archive on FireBiblioteca di Via Senato, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Decode ElementsCastello Sforzesco, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Venetian Artists of the 70’sVenice, ItalyGroup
2006Electronic ArtUniversita degli Studi di Roma, Pesaro, ItalyGroup
2006The Place of UtopiaInstitute of Italian Culture, Madrid, SpainSolo
2006No MoreIkona Photo Gallery, Venice, ItalySolo
2005Tolerance-in-ToleranceRemy Toldeo Gallery, New York CitySolo
2005Tolerance-in-ToleranceCirculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, SpainSolo
2005Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerRemy Toldeo Gallery, New York CityGroup
2005The Vanities of the Caged BirdCentro d’Arte Contemporaneo, Bellinzona, SwitzerlandGroup
2005No More, Global Art Glass, Third triennialOland, SwedenGroup
2005UnknownKonsthall VIDA Museum, Borgholm, SwedenGroup
2005Tolerance-in-ToleranceRocca de Sasso Corvaro, Urbino, ItalySolo
2004Vetri nel mondoPalazzo Franchetti, Venice, ItalyGroup
2004Avantgarde: Scuptures in Urban spaceMontecatini, ItalyGroup
2003Tolerance: Monument of FriedshipVenice, ItalyGroup
2003Jaula de luz/Light CageSanta Cruz de Tenerife, SpainSolo
2003Rainbow CrashChianti Sculpture Park, SienaSolo
2002The HeartZuni Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, ItalyGroup
2002Between Fire and Ice of CommunicationSpazio della Volta, Genova, ItalyGroup
2002Global Art Glass TriennialOland, SwedenGroup
2002Dripping Rainbow – Bleeding Heart/ARTPeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, ItalyGroup
2002The Endless LadderPark Museum, Portofino, ItalySolo
2002Light: Ephemeral Material of a QuestGallerie Arte Santerasmo-Fidia, Milan, ItalyGroup
2001Tower of PieceTermini Station, Rome, ItalySolo
2001The Caged ParadiseSan Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, ItalySolo
2001Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalyGroup
2000The Archive of MemoryMarle, GermanySolo
2000FreheitVenice, ItalySolo
1998Federica MarangoniPalazzo Ducale Aperto Vetro, Venice, ItalySolo
1997Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalySolo
1995Federica MarangoniHolly Salomon Gallery, New York CitySolo
1992Federica MarangoniMusee des Arts Decoratifs, Lousanne, SwitzerlandSolo
1990Federica MarangoniKunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
1990Federica MarangoniHara Museum, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1988Federica MarangoniMuseum Bellerive, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
1988Federica MarangoniMusee des Arts Decoratifs, Lousanne, SwitzerlandSolo
1984Federica MarangoniPalazzo Dugnani, Milan, ItalySolo
1980Life is Time and Memory of TimeVenice Biennale, ItalySolo
1980La Camera IncantataPalazzo Reale, Milan, ItalySolo
1980DecompositionsPalazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, ItalySolo
1980Federica MarangoniMusee d’Art Contemporaine Vehicule de Montreal, Montreal, CanadaSolo
1980The InterrogationMuseum of Modern Art, New York CitySolo