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Marie Garnier, urnes funéraires, 2007-2008, verre soufflé_Glassworks
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Biographical notes on Matteo Gonet

Matteo Gonet was born in Lugano (Switzerland) in 1979. He first underwent technical training at the Glasfachschule in Zwiesel (Germany), then at CERFAV (Centre européen de recherche et de formation aux arts verriers) in Nancy (France). During this period from 1996 to 1998 he took several courses in various European countries, where he worked as an assistant to established artists. At the end of this first phase, he trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands under the direction of Richard Meitner and Mieke Groot, themselves recognised artists and co-directors of the Glass Centre (1998–2001). There Gonet was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. He was then employed at CIRVA (Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques) in Marseilles as glass-blower and responsible of the centre’s hot shop. This three-year experience, from 2001 to 2004, brought him into contact with designers and artists from all over the world, such as Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Parreno, Jean- Michel Othoniel, Jana Sterbak, Ronan and Erwan Bourroulec, Pierre Charpin and Andrea Branzi.

A short time later, Matteo Gonet obtained a grant from Sydney College of the Arts for a three-month course in late 2004. Returning to Switzerland in 2005, he initiated a collaboration with ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art), Lausanne, and set up in Berne with the Swiss glass-blower Thomas Blank, with whom he has shared workshops for three years. Matteo Gonet recently took the step of establishing himself in the region of Basle, at Münchenstein, where he set up his new premises in early 2009 in a former foundry. This move towards the northwest border incorporates a strategic dimension, because – while still remaining in Switzerland – it brings him closer to a region stretching from Nancy to Strasbourg that is very active in the contemporary glass field in France. It is in this sector, which extends from the north of the country almost to the Swiss and German borders, that the majority of the celebrated factories (Daum, Gallé, Saint-Louis, Baccarat and Lalique) are concentrated, together with training centres (among which we should mention CERFAV, University of Nancy, and the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg), collections and a great number of studios.

List of artists represented in the exhibition

François Bauchet, Pierre Charpin, Hubert Crevoisier, Marie Ducaté, Marie Garnier, Elisabeth Garrouste, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Mathieu Lehanneur, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Jean-Baptiste Sibertin-Blanc

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