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The most important phase of Venetian glassmaking began in the early 20th century. The glass workshops on the island of Murano moved on from their traditional models of the late 19th century to develop a language of form that was highly modern for the period. Rich and detailed decoration was replaced by a more minimalist idiom and objects of monochrome glass. The exhibition features unique objects representing the language of form and motifs typical of this period.
Venetian glass of the early 20th century displays clear connections with new types of artefacts that were created around this time in both Austria and Germany, anticipating Art Déco which emerged 10 years later in France.
Since the Grassi museum was opened in 1874, Danish arts and crafts have played an important role there. Even the oldest collections of the museum include contemporary ceramics from Denmark. In the course of roughly 140 years since then, the inventory increased a lot in several stages. In particular the last few years saw the addition of many pieces – including entire collections.
In light of this, the idea for the exhibition "MADE IN DENMARK" was created. It shows a multi-faceted image of the development of Danish design since about 1900.
The general streams in Danish applied art do not radically differ from those elsewhere in Europe and the world.
Most of the pieces exhibited here are connected by their mix of a certain aesthetic restraint and love for a high quality of design and craftsmanship. This applies to individual pieces of precious materials as well as to serially produced goods of steel and plastics.
The exhibition is made in cooperation with Grassi Museum of applied arts, Leipzig, Germany.
15.2. - 5.5.2019
Finnish-French Nathalie Lautenbacher (former Lahdenmäki, born 1974) graduated in 1999 from the Department of Ceramic and Glass at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
After graduating, she went on to establish a ceramics studio and in her work she has particularly focused on ceramics as a material: small editions of tableware and unique one-off pieces.
The present exhibition displays her work in glass from over the years. The first vases of Lautenbacher’s Natal series were taken into production by Iittala in 1997, while she was still a student. Lautenbacher continued her work in glass design at the workshop of glassblower Jaakko Liikanen of Riihimäki.
Made of heat-resistant coloured glass, the PUPULU tea service was collaboration with the Kolme-Design company, while the series Harkko (Lingot) and Padat (Pots) were created at the Nuutajärvi glassworks in 2013 in the summer before the glassworks was closed.