Wed, 18.1.2017—Mon, 17.4.2017
MAK Exhibition Hall

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

A cooperation between the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO

After the success of last year’s exhibition The Glass of the Architects in the rooms of LE STANZE DEL VETRO in Venice, which presented over 300 glasses from the period between 1900 and 1937—largely from the MAK Collection—the entire show has now moved to Vienna, where it is
on display for the first time. As designers of glassware, the architects of Viennese Modernism greatly influenced the products’ form and technique, with glass becoming established in this period as the material of modernism.

A group of young architects—at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Otto Wagner, at the School of Arts and Crafts, and at the University of Technology—developed a special interest in glass design. Their contact with established glass manufacturers in Vienna such as E. Bakalowits &
Söhne and J. & L. Lobmeyr, as well as with art reform movements such as the “Union of Austrian Artists—Vienna Secession,” the Wiener Werkstätte, and the Austrian Werkbund, ensured the realization of radically new design concepts by manufacturers like Johann Loetz Witwe. Now world-famous protagonists of Viennese Modernism such as Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), Koloman Moser (1868–1918), Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867–1908), Leopold Bauer (1872–1938), Otto Prutscher (1880–1949), Oskar Strnad (1879–1935), Oswald Haerdtl (1899–1959), and Adolf Loos (1870–1933) launched groundbreaking new designs for decorative and practical glass.

In the interests of reforming teaching at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and in accordance with the credo advocated by the Wiener Werkstätte for a collaboration based on an equitable collaboration between designer and executing craftsperson, the architects not only worked on the designs, but also in the glassworks in front of the glass furnaces. This proximity to production, which Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos promoted in their new definition of the architect’s role, enabled them to tap the full potential of glass as a medium.

Viennese art glass after architects’ designs became both a permanent feature and a trademark of the important arts and crafts exhibitions—from the 8th Secession exhibition in Vienna in 1900 and the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne in 1914 to the Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris 1925, as well as of the Wiener Werkstätte’s product range.

This exhibition divides the development in Vienna from new glass to modern glass into seven chapters, covering topics such as glass in the Wiener Werkstätte, war glasses, bronzite glass, classical glasses after designs by Josef Hoffmann, and glasses from the glassmaking schools. The glassworks in the exhibition are supplemented by designs by architects of Viennese Modernism as well as by photographs, which document the exhibitions of the time and hence bear witness to the exceptional effect on the public of these radically modern objects.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is available at the MAK Design Shop.

Curator: Rainald FranzCurator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection

Guided Tours

Sat, 3 p.m.
Sun, 2 p.m.

Curator-Guided Tours

Thu, 02.03.2017, 5.00 pm
The Glass of the Architects



Workshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 4,50 per child
reduced admission for accompanying adults 
Sat, 28.01.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
What do architects drink from?
Architects don’t just build houses, furnish apartments, or design furniture. Some also set tables. MINI MAK is on the lookout for a world of glass. Completely new – you can even hold some of the glasses in your hand in order to obtain an even better feeling of how it is to design your own glass.
Sat, 25.02.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Warning, glass! What a blast!
Dagobert is the name of a famous—and very imaginative—architect. We will “bundle” your ideas with his and staple them in a little book! You’ll have to do that yourselves, of course—but don’t worry, it isn’t very difficult.
Sat, 25.03.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Bamm Bamm Bimini: Line, pattern, shape
A line makes a shape, and lots of shapes make a pattern. We’ll look at the great glass artists for old and new ideas. And we’ll bend Plexiglas to create your very own glassware! What’s more, we’ll find out what a Bimini actually is!


Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults 
Sun, 19.02.2017, 11.00 am 
Everything crystal clear? No, all in a tumble(r)!
Sun, 16.04.2017, 11.00 am 
Glass paintings by Gottlieb and Anton: people, animals, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral



Wed, 15.03.2017, 3.00 pm
The Glass of the Architects
Tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond.

Premium Sponsor

For their generous support we would like to thank
Richard Grubman and Caroline Mortimer


Exhibition view
Josef Hoffmann, Goblets
blown in a mould, from left to right: yellow coloured glass, 1923; violet coloured glass, 1922. Execution: Böhmische Manufaktur for Wiener Werkstätte
Exhibition view
Emanuel Josef Margold, Lidded Vase
before 1916; colorless crystal glass with red overlays, cut glass, Execution: Carl Schapel, Nový Bor (Haida, CZ)
Exhibition view
Josef Hoffmann, War Glasses
clear glass, enamel decoration, before 1916. Execution: Johann Oertel, Nový Bor (Haida, CZ), for Wiener Werkstätte




From the MAK Collection and the Glass Collection Christian Kuhn
iCal Wed, 1.2.2017—Mon, 17.4.2017

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts