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Glass Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
With unique holdings from between the Middle Ages and the present, the MAK’s Glass Collection is among the world’s most important collections of its kind. The optically and technically impressive products made from fragile materials bring to life the hand of the artist and the zeitgeist of the epoch.
The over 7,600 objects of the MAK’s glass collection include outstanding examples of the most important European manufactories’ output and provide an overview of the development of stained glass between the 15th and 19th centuries, as well as of blown glassware from the 16th century to the present. The collection’s focuses include engraved and cut glass, as well as coat of arms glasses painted in enamel and Schwarzlot painting from Bohemian and Silesian glass factories, as well as a diverse collection of 16th-to-18th-century Venetian glass.

A further collection focus lies on medieval stained glass; the MAK’s holdings include works from St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna which number among Austria’s oldest extant stained glass works. The Biedermeier period is documented by a collection of quality cased glass and hyalith and lithyalin glass, as well as glass works with translucent enamel painting including examples by the glass painters Sigismund and Samuel Mohn and from the workshop of Anton Kothgasser.

Of particular international significance are the holdings of Art Nouveau glass from Austria. The abundance of fine turn-of-the-century glass works in the MAK Collection—which aside from those of Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser also include designs by Jutta Sika, Carl Witzmann and Michael Powolny—is thanks to individuals including Ludwig Lobmeyr, who worked as a curator at the Museum for Art and Industry (today’s MAK) from 1874.

Even back then, Lobmeyr—along with other merchant-employers from Vienna including E. Bakalowits & Söhne—spearheaded efforts to further the interests of the glass-working trade. Through numerous donations, above all the gift of ca. 1,000 original factory drawings of his glass creations from 1824 onward, Lobmeyr made a major contribution to the MAK collection—which today represents the largest museum collection of glass by the company J. & L. Lobmeyr outside of the manufactory itself. The MAK‘s glass collection also includes high-quality holdings of Art Nouveau glass objects from the various regions of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy, from France and from America.

Furthermore, the glass collection is home to important examples of French glass art from the Art Déco period as well as simply formed and strongly colored Italian and Scandinavian glass objects from the 1950s and 1960s by Italy’s Venini and Seguso, Sweden’s Ørrefors and Finland’s ITTALA.

The 21st century is represented above all via objects produced by the company J. & L. Lobmeyr. The tradition of collaborating with contemporary artists has moved merchant-employer Lobmeyr to continue producing designs by contemporary designers such as Barbara Ambrosz, Florian Ladstätter, Miki Martinek, Sebastian Menschhorn, and Polka (Marie Rahm and Monica Singer) in Bohemian production facilities.

Outstanding exhibits from the MAK Glass Collection are on display in the rooms of the MAK Permanent Collection Baroque Rococo Classicism and Renaissance Baroque Rococo, as well as in the MAK DESIGN LAB/thematic area Eating and Drinking, opened in 2014. This area invites visitors to come on an impressive historical journey to discover the different styles of laying the table throughout the ages, with glass objects ranging from the Middles Ages to the 21st century.
 

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J. & L. LOBMEYR

Between Tradition and Innovation
MAK Studies 6
German/English
152 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations
21,5 x 26 cm, paperback
MAK, Vienna / Prestel Publishing Ltd., Munich.Berlin.London.New York 2006
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Publications

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J. & L. LOBMEYR

Between Vision and Reality
Glassware from the MAK Collection 20th/21st century
MAK Studies 18
German/English
157 pages, numerous illustrations
21x 26 cm, paperback
MAK Vienna/Prestel, Munich,.Berlin.London.New York 2009
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MAK Study Collection 1993-2013

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Glass Study Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
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MAK Collection

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Ceramics Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
With representative holdings of ceramics from Austrian production from the sixteenth century until today, unique groups of objects such as the legacy of the Wiener Porzellanmanufactur (Vienna Porcelain Manufactory) and the extensive collection of tiled stoves, hafner ware, and majolica of the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The MAK’s Ceramics Collection is one of the foremost collections of its type in the world.
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MAK/Guide VIENNA 1900

Design/Arts and Crafts 1890–1938
MAK / Guide published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 1890-1938 (18.9.2013). German/English, 224 pages, 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, MAK Vienna / Prestel Verlag, 2013
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Cooperation of MAK & departure

Strategies for the Future
The cooperation of the MAK and departure, the creative center of the Vienna Business Agency, concentrates on the potential of design as a strategy for economic innovation and societal transformation.
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CARLO SCARPA

Das Handwerk der Architektur / The Craft of Architecture.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (9.4.–23.11.2003)
MAK Studies 4
German/English
121 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations
21 x 26 cm, paperback
MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2003
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MAK LEARNING LAB Refraction

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