Danish Glass: from modern factory design to contemporary art
Denmark, the land of Lego, Andersen’s fairy tales and Bang&Olufsen. The country that has become a byword for taut lines and high functionality, from furniture and household items to toys and fashion. The country where they think about design in a different way.
Danish design has been incredibly popular all over the world for decades: elegant cupboards and chairs, screen-printed textiles and wallpaper, colourful lamps and glassware. On the second-hand market the vintage culture is flourishing but besides this popular retro heritage, young Danish designers keep on creating contemporary top-class design today.
The exhibition Great Danes broucht a mix of the well-known colourful Scandinavian sixties and seventies design glass, and also looked back on the rise of the ‘studio glass’ in the eighties led by Finn Lynggaard. Finally, particular attention was paid to contemporary glass art and glass design by world-renowned names such as Tobias Møhl, Lene Bødker, Steffen Dam, Jeannet Iskandar and Cecilie Manz. Accounting for more than 200 glass objects by 26 Danish artists and designers.
In collaboration with Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Hempel Glasmuseum, Næstved Museum and Ernsting Stiftung.