The Glass of the Architects
Exhibition, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
The exhibition focuses on a fascinating chapter in Austrian crafts. Designs by young architects exercised an epochal influence on the development of art glass in Viennese Modernism. With its 300 pieces of glassware, the presentation offers a comprehensive overview of the period from the final decades of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy up until the end of the First Republic.
In the architecture of the time, glass was considered a particularly suitable material for creating new forms and surfaces and achieving special effects. A group of architecture students at the Academy of Fine Arts under Otto Wagner developed a special interest in designing glass and launched innovative new designs for ornamental and functional glassware.