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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 objects from the MAK Collection of Glass can be found in the halls of the MAK Permanent Collection, specifically in its Baroque – Rococo – Classicism and Renaissance – Baroque – Rococo exhibits. An excellent overview of the collection is offered by the permanent exhibit of the Study Collection. At the heart of the glass section—which was redone during the 2006/2007 season—is the golden era of glass production in Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century, during which Viennese-made products reached a zenith in terms of both quality and variety.

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MAK Study Collection 1993-2013

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Glass Study Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
The Glass Study Collection shows the multiplicity of forms and diversity of colors to be found in glass objects. Changing exhibitions offer an overview of significant phases of the history of European glass production.
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Publications

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Publication

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 Collection Online

The MAK¹s comprehensive holdings of applied and contemporary art
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Publications

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Publication

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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Published for the exhibition of the same title (25.6.–5.10.2003)
German/English
248 pages, 168 illustrations, mainly in colored
32 x 24 cm, paperback
MAK, Vienna / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2003
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