A Bridge between Tradition and Artistic Innovation

Facciata Fondazione BarovierToso

The Barovier&Toso Foundation was established by Rinaldo Invernizzi, president of Barovier&Toso. Through an approach that views new artistic expressions through a historical lens, the Foundation places particular emphasis on initiatives that connect to the city of Venice and its rich cultural heritage. By engaging in dialogue with various artistic forms that resonate with Venetian traditions, especially in the art of glassmaking, the Foundation aims to highlight the unique importance of Venice as an international center of cultural excellence.



Globality and Accessibility: the foundation aims to be an international point of reference, welcoming artists, collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Universality of Artistic Forms: all forms of art are valorized, from the traditional methods of art history to the contemporary avant-garde.

Education and Conservation: a strong commitment to artistic education and conservation of works, ensuring that artistic heritage is preserved and made accessible to future generations.

Innovation and Experimentation: encouragement of experimentation and innovation, fundamental for artistic progress.

Dialogue and Criticism: promotion of an environment that stimulates dialogue and constructive criticism, fundamental for a profound understanding of art.



Conservation and Restoration: the Foundation supports projects aimed at preserving works of art and historic buildings, contributing to the protection of Italian cultural heritage first and foremost but also worldwide.

International Collaborations: establishes partnerships with global cultural bodies to foster artistic and cultural exchanges, enriching the international cultural panorama.

Workshops and Seminars: organizes educational events to spread artistic knowledge among professionals, students and enthusiasts.

Creative Collaborations: collaborate with leading artists and designers to create art installations that blend style and innovation.

Exhibitions and Events: promotes local and international events to display unique works of art, increasing cultural awareness.

Enhancement of the Territory: uses art as a tool to enhance local beauty, encouraging cultural tourism and appreciation of regional traditions.



Rinaldo Invernizzi

Rinaldo Invernizzi’s passion has always been art in the broader sense, a sort of Gesamtkunstwerk, including, but not restricted to, visual arts, literature, music and theatre. After working in the financial sector, he established himself as an artist. Since the early 2000s, he has participated in group and solo exhibitions in academic and religious institutions, notably in Italy, his homeland. Rinaldo Invernizzi’s love for Venice also explains his attraction to the medium of glass and his involvement with design. Since 2017, he has been the president and artistic co-director of Barovier&Toso, Venice, the leader in the art of glassblowing and the creation of artistic lighting.


Board of Directors

Mara Hofmann

Michele Milani