FLORA IN VITRO, Venice, 2017

10 Sep – 10 Oct, 2017, Palazzetto Bru-Zane, Venice, Italy

The Palazzetto Bru-Zane cultural centre is hosting a unique exhibition entitled FLORA IN VITRO which highlights the elaborate craft of immortalising flowers in sparkling glass beads and metal wire.

Swedish author and collector Georg Ragnar Levi shows selected highlights from his collection of 1000 antique and new handmade bead flowers from Venice, France and elsewhere.

FLORA IN VITRO opens September 10, 2017, during Venice Glass Week. The title alludes to the representation of flowers outside their biological context, in glass – preserving our memories forever.

Throughout the centuries, people have made beaded blooms as gifts of love – often commemorating a particular person or a special occasion such as a birth or a wedding.

”Having the opportunity of showing my vitreous flora in Palazzetto Bru-Zane, with its beautifully restored floral stucco decor and its focus on French romanticism, is a true delight”, says Dr. Levi.

”I can’t imagine a more suitable setting for these flowers that never fade – new and old, all saved from the march of time.”

”Flora in vitro”. Creative concept and collection: Georg Ragnar Levi. Photos by Edvard Koinberg. Opening hours: 10 September – 10 October, 2017 (During The Venice Glass Week 10–17 September: 10 am – 6 pm; from 18 September: 2 pm – 6 pm, closed Sundays). Free admission.

Antikmässan 20 feb 2016 / Stockholm Antiques Fair, 20 February, 2016

Designexperten Li Pamp samtalar med författaren Ragnar Levi utifrån hans bok Blomma för alltid. Kom och lyssna!! Välkommen till Antikmässan i Älvsjö, lördagen den 20 februari kl 15.00, Stora scenen C 01:70. Boksignering efteråt i Antikvariat Classicas monter C 05:73.

Design expert Li Pamp chats with the author Ragnar Levi about his book Flower forever. Welcome to Stockholm Antiques Fair, Saturday 20 February at 15:00, Main Stage C 01:70. Book signing afterwards in Classica’s stand C 05:73.


Beads from Murano / Pärlor från Murano


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Many beaded flowers in Ragnar Levi’s collection are made of antique glass beads from Murano. Seed beads are no longer produced in Venice, where the production was once a flowering industry. The book Flower Forever is a tribute to this cultural heritage.

Många pärblommor i Ragnar Levis samling är tillverkade av antika pärlor från Murano. Småpärlor tillverkas inte längre i Venedig, där pärlorna en gång var en viktig inkomstkälla. Boken Blomma för alltid är en hyllning även till de människor som har arbetat i Muranos glashyttor.