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The Glass of the Architects
Vienna 1900-1937
9788857232447 Hardcover English DESIGN / Decorative Arts Feb 21, 2017
$80.00 CAD
Inactive 9.5 x 12.25 in 328 pages Rizzoli Skira
The second catalog dedicated to international developments in twentieth- century glass, after Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection.
 
Published in collaboration with the MAK Vienna and LE STANZE DEL VETRO on the occasion of the exhibition in Venice, this volume presents over 300 works from the collection of the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna and private collections. It focuses, for the first time, on the history of glassmaking in Austria from 1900 to 1937, a period spanning the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the First Republic.
 
In the early twentieth century, a group of young architects, designers, and fine arts and architecture students developed a special interest in the process of glassmaking. They paved the way to the first pioneering developments in twentieth-century glass production as they gained a thorough understanding of the material. The collaboration between architects and designers created the style of Viennese glass, found in new projects such as the Wiener Werkstätte or the Austrian Werkbund.

With over 300 works, the book focuses on the birth of the art of modern glassmaking in Austria between 1900 and 1937, featuring glass works by the main protagonists of the Viennese Modernism.

The story of passion for, and experimentation with, this delicate material that is both immensely generous in its possibilities and as fragile as our planet Earth.

This publication traces a compelling journey and develops new narratives inspired by the glass of the architects and designers of the Vienna modernist movement, be it by focusing on often revolutionary new forms supposed to express the new age or by following the critical emancipatory path taken by Adolf Loos.

Rainald Franz is curator of the MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection, Vienna.

Author Residence: Vienna, Austria

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