Glass art

Collections

Whether blown, moulded or cast, polished or frosted, transparent or opaque, glass art in all its forms never ceases to surprise and fascinate. mudac’s contemporary glass art collection opens up the field of possibilities for this discipline, which builds bridges with contemporary art, design and applied arts.

Deposits
+ 700 artworks
Fields
sculptures, lights, vases
Period
20 – 21e century
Fischer Fred, Egomorphisme 7, 2007-2008
Fischer Fred, Egomorphisme 7, 2007-2008
© Marie Humair

mudac’s collection of contemporary glass art is the largest in Europe. It contains almost 700 works by international artists and illustrates the history of this discipline from 1950 to the present day. From the first works born of the Fucina degli Angeli, a collaboration between Venetian glass master Egidio Costantini and illustrious 20th century artists, to the Studio Glass movement as it manifests itself in Europe, Japan and the United States, and ultra-contemporary works, the collection showcases a vast array of the multiple possibilities of this art.

The collection owes its existence to the generosity of a couple of patrons, Peter and Traudl Engelhorn, who in the 1960s decided to document the emerging history of glass art on a worldwide scale. This long and beautiful collaboration continues today.

Publications

Expressions en verre I : 200 sculptures contemporaines, Europe, USA, Japon [Acquisitions 1971-1986], Collection du Musée des arts décoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Ateliers du Nord, 1986.

Expressions en verre II : 140 sculptures d’artistes européens, américains, canadiens, japonais, australiens [Acquisitions 1987-1989], Collection du Musée des arts décoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Ateliers du Nord, 1989.

Expressions en verre III : Sculptures d’artistes européens, américains, canadiens, australiens [Acquisitions 1989-2000], Collection du Musée des arts décoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne, Ateliers du Nord, 2000.

L’art du verre contemporain, collection du mudac, La Bibliothèque des Arts, Lausanne, 2006.

Le verre vivant, collection du mudac, La Bibliothèque des Arts, Lausanne, 2013.

Contact

Loan request and conservation
amelie.bannwart@lausanne.ch
+41 21 315 25 34

Acquisition policy

The museum’s move to Plateforme 10 represents an opportunity to redefine the acquisition policy for works and the meaning of mudac’s collections.

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