In 1897, a group of architects, artists, and designers broke away from Vienna’s conservative art academy to form the Vienna Secession. Their exhibition space emerged as a symbol of the new Vienna Secession style. Resting on top of the building’s heavy base is a delicate sphere of twisting gold-plated laurels. Similar elements were incorporated into objects of decorative art, like this centerpiece with twisting gold vines that supporting seven mold-blown spheres. Learn more about the Vienna Secession and this moment in design in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, now on view through January 7, 2019.
Secession Building, Vienna, Austria, 1897–1898. Joseph Maria Olbrich (Austrian, 1867–1908), architect. Photo: © Foto Marburg / Art Resource, NY. Centerpiece, about 1900. Manufactured by E. Bakalowits & Sӧhne and Meyr’s Neffe. Mold-blown glass; metal. H. 10 cm, W. 26.6 cm, L. 31.8 cm. MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (GL 3381-1-8). ©Georg Mayer.
Guest artist Martin Janecky will be demonstrating his skills as a glassmaker tomorrow in the Amphitheater Hot Shop at 6pm. Can’t make it to the Museum to see this demo? Watch it live at www.cmog.org/live
Object of the Week: When Lightning Blooms (“Aesthetic Engineering” Series), Ginny Ruffner (artist), Kait Rhoads, Nancy Callan, Mark Stevens (assistants), Seattle, Washington, United States, 2006. 2011.4.71.
This week’s Object of the Week has been selected by the Museum’s teen Explainers. This piece has been nominated by Explainers many times over the past years and has never been chosen. Today, it finally gets its turn in the spotlight. Ginny Ruffner has made a name for herself in the glass world by making strange and unique objects, some of which would seem impossible to make with the techniques she uses. This piece was made when she asked herself one day “what if lightning could produce flowers”? When Lightning Blooms is her interpretation of this question, creating an object that blurs the lines between a living and nonliving thing in the world. It’s fascinating and fun, a piece that truly only a truly imaginative person like Ginny Ruffner could have made.
Watch live at 11am Eastern August 15 as Pavlína Čambalová demonstrates for her class at The Studio at www.cmog.org/live.
Pietro and Riccardo Ferro’s two-week class, Texturing Glass, at The Studio focused on ways to add texture and dimension to glass after hot working, to give a refined, tactile quality to the glass surface with traditional wheel engraving and battuto techniques, while applying the use of diamond and stone wheels in the process.
Happy National Book Lovers Day! It’s the perfect occasion to crack open a new book and nothing says “read me” quite like a glassy title. Haunted stained-glass windows, historical glassmakers, magical glass objects – find all that and more on our guide to glass fiction: https://libguides.cmog.org/glassfiction
The artists, designers, and architects in our exhibition, “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and Le Stanze del Vetro, placed strong emphasis on handcrafted objects. Visitors often ask if it is possible for a machine to do what talented glassmakers can create by hand. Our new flameworking demo, “The Artisan’s Hand,” prepares you to explore exhibits on mechanically-produced glass in the Innovation Center and enriches this year’s “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937” exhibition. See this demo at our Flameworking Demonstration booth daily at 2:20pm.
Celebrate National Book Lovers’ Day with this ornate 25th anniversary album produced by the Wiener Werkstätte. The album’s embossed, orange and black papier-mâché binding (designed by Vally Wieselthier and Gudrun Baudish) was so unconventional that it had to be executed, not by a bookbinder, but by a Viennese toymaker. Images of glass objects are scattered throughout the album’s pages. Both the book and many of the illustrated designs are on view through January 7, 2019 in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO.
25th Anniversary Book, Die Wiener Werkstätte, 1903-1928: Modernes Kunstgewerbe und sein Weg (Modern decorative art and its path). Compiled by Mathilde Flӧgl (Austrian, 1893-1958); binding designed by Vally Wieselthier (Austrian, 1895-1945) and Gudrun Baudisch (Austrian, 1907-1982); Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna: Krystall-Verlag, 1929). Paper, papier maché binding. L. 24 cm, W. 23 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Research Library (169938).
Guest artist Jen Violette will be demonstrating her skills as a glassmaker live August 9 at 6pm Eastern in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Can’t make it to the Museum? Watch this demo live at www.cmog.org/live.
Say it isn’t so! The Rakow Library conservation interns have completed their time here. Help us say goodbye and good luck to Erin and Ilaria as they move on to their next adventure. To see some of the conservation work they accomplished this summer, check out their Instagram takeover from last week and their posts on our blog.