Competition MilanoVetro-35

Biennial international artistic glass and design competition

The Museums of the Sforza Castle of  Milan in collaboration with the collector Sandro Pezzoli, who has always promoted initiatives connected to glass, organize since 2018 the International Artistic Glass and Design competition for young people under 35 “MilanoVetro -35”.

The competition proposes a process of development of the innovative work with the glass material both in art and in contemporary design. The choice of Milan and the Sforza Castle has the intention of reiterating the historic continuity and the centrality of the Provincial capital of Milan in creating and exhibiting glasswork.

The Sforza Castle has been home to the  Civic Museums of Milan since 1900. Amongst other things, it has an important collection of artistic glass. The recent deposit of the Bellini Pezzoli collection (2016) allowed some gaps concerning the last part of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first to be bridged, so that today the Collection is one of the broadest, most complete and updated in Italy.

The competition is two-yearly and is open to young people under 35 on the date the notice was published.
The first Edition was in 2018 (catalogue 2018), the second Edition was in 2020 (catalogue 2020), the third Edition in 2022 (catalogue 2022)

The scientific committee consists of Rosa Chiesa, design and contemporary glass researcher, IUAV, Venice; Maria Christina Hamel, designer, Maria Luisa Martinez, director of Museum of Contemporary Glass Art in Alcorcón-MAVA, Madrid; Fiorella Mattio, curator of applied art collections, Castello Sforzesco, Milan; Sandro Pezzoli, glass collector and expert; Lucia Pini, director of Galleria d'arte moderna Ricci Oddi, Piacenza; Francesca Tasso, director of Castello Sforzesco). 

the call for participation for the 4th edition is now online.

download the Competition Notice

download the Registration Form.



November 29, 2023 Publication of the competition notice
March 20, 2024 end date of the competition notice
March 28, 2024 Announcement of the finalists invited to the exhibition
May 28,  2024, at 18.00,  Opening and Awards ceremony Competition
From May 29 to October 13 2024 , in Sala della Balla (Sforza Castle), exhibition of contest finalists 

Download list of finalists

For information: [email protected]