Glasses from the Empire and Biedermeier Period

From the MAK Collection and the Glass Collection Christian Kuhn

With the aid of select objects from both collections, the exhibition GLASSES FROM THE EMPIRE AND BIEDERMEIER PERIOD: From the MAK Collection and the Glass Collection of Christian Kuhn offers an insight into the technical and artistic developments in glass during the period between 1780 and 1840, the golden age of high-quality Biedermeier glasses. Among the earliest examples on display are works by Josef Mildner (1765–1808), known for his Zwischengoldglas decorations. Pieces from the workshop of Samuel Mohn (1762–1815) and his son Gottlob (1789–1825), as well as from Anton Kothgasser (1769–1851) and his workshop, represent transparent painting. The technique of glass cutting is the focus of prominent practitioners such as Dominik Biemann, Franz Paul Gottstein, Hieronymus Hackel, Johann Lenk, Anton Simm, Franz Anton Pelikan, and August Böhm the Younger. Central to the Christian Kuhn Collection are Lithyalin glasses. On display are works by Friedrich Egermann from Polevsko (Blottendorf) near Nový Bor (Haida) in North Bohemia. Egermann created a new type of Lithyalin glass, which is characterized by effectively and expressively colored, non-homogeneous sections and multicolored surfaces. The agate glasses by the Bouquoy’sche Glashütten in South Bohemia—a company located close by the glassworks of Josef Zich in Joachimsthal in the Waldviertel, Lower Austria—are also considered outstanding examples of Lithyalin glass. They already suggest the later development of glass, which reached new peaks at the Loetz’sche Hütte in Klášterský Mlýn (Klostermühle).

Current Dates

  • Wed. 29 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 30 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 31 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 01 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 02 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 04 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 05 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 06 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 07 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 08 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

April

  • Sun. 09 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 11 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 12 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 13 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 14 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 15 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 17 Apr 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.