Museo di Palazzo Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace

SEABEAD FLOWERS. Benedetta Gaggia at Palazzo Mocenigo


Benedetta Gaggia at Palazzo Mocenigo

From 4 to 30 September 2021
Venezia, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo



The extraordinary creation of flowers made with minuscule glass beads is a “family affair” for Benedetta Gaggia; it’s a passion inherited from her mother Mariagrazia Gaggia, who learnt this handcraft work from the legendary Donna Nella Lopez y Royo Sammartini. Benedetta still also uses Murano’s old “conterie” which are now stored in the family Palazzo.

Benedetta creates buds and multicoloured petals, sometimes inspired by real flowers other times by the artist’s imagination, revitalizing the old “conterie” handcraft work, which in old times was very popular in Venice. Today this technique has almost disappeared.

For the 2021 Glass Week, the stunning rooms of Palazzo Mocenigo will present Seabead flowers, an exhibition curated by Cristina Beltrami: a selection of about forty unique pieces, expressly made by Benedetta Gaggia, will be shown in the extraordinary 17th century portego of Palazzo Mocenigo.