DENMARK - EBELTOFT - Glass Mad - 25 years with contemporary glass staged by Bjorn Norgaard

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft was founded in 1986 on the initiative of Finn Lynggaard, who is one of the studio glass artist pioneers. Among the first artists who supported the museum by donating works to the collection, are legendary pioneers such as Kyohei Fujita (Japan), Harvey K. Littleton (USA), Dale Chihuly (USA), Sybren Valkema (The Netherlands), Åsa Brandt (Sweden), Ann Wolff (Germany/Sweden), Bertil Vallien (Sweden), Klaus Moje (Germany/Australia), Lino Tagliapietra (Italy) and many, many more.

Today the internationally acclaimed collection numbers more than 1500 works donated or deposited by 700 artists from 48 countries. The collection represents a broad range of techniques and artistic expressions from heavy sculptures in cast glass to blown objects, panels and mixed media pieces.


The anniversary exhibition presents a large selection of works from the Permanent Collection. Behind the design of the show and selection of works is one of the most significant persons in Danish art: sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard (b. 1947). For the set design of the anniversary exhibition, Bjørn Nørgaard has used various materials – plaster, steel, lead, felt and glass as a background for the works. In the new wing the multitude of the collection is shown as the rich treasure trove it is, while in the old building, single works are positioned in a more classic set up.

Bjørn Nørgaard has completed numerous public works in Denmark and abroad. Among his latest are ”Kærlighedsøen” (the Love Island) in Ørestaden, Copenhagen (2000-2010), the housing project Bispebjerg Bakke (1997-2007), a large sculpture at Odense Railway station (2002-05) and the impressive historical tapestry for the Danish queen (1988-2000). In his sculpural experiments and happenings, Bjørn Nørgaard has often included glass. He has also chosen glass as the material for the sarcophagues, he has designed to stand in Roskilde Cathedral for HM the Queen of Denmark and HRH the Prince Consort. Studio glass

Glasmuseet is rooted in the international Studio glass movement, which arose in USA in the 1960’s and extended to Europe, Australia and Japan throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. With Harvey Littleton’s and Dominic Labino’s (USA) development of the small one-man’s furnace in 1962, it became possible to work with glass in smaller workshops, called “studios” – and the studio glass movement was born. With the liberation of glass from large glass factories and their industrialized production, new artistic forms appeared and a widely branched network of glassmakers, who explored the material and its possibilities and exchanged their findings at international seminars and workshops. It was Finn Lynggaard, who introduced Studio glass in Denmark in the 1970’s.

Today contemporary glass is still characterized by the unification of craftsman and artist in one person. However, craftsmanship has grown much stronger amongst glass makers, and their works are characterised by great artistic inventiveness and a vast variation in techniques and form.

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft    15.05.2011 - 05.10.2011

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