Vienna and modern glass 1900-1937

International conference

To coincide with the exhibition The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900-1937, the Glass Study Center is organising an important conference dedicated to the production of artistic glass in Vienna and Venice between 1900 and 1937

The international conference “Vienna and Modern glass. 1900-1937” will take place on Friday 6th May 2016 at 9:30am at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio in Venice. The conference is organised by the Glass Study Center in conjunction with the exhibition “The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900-1937” at LE STANZE DEL VETRO (until 31st July 2016).

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a decisive impulse and inspiration was brought to architecture and applied arts to stimulate creativity, research and innovative technologies in central Europe.

The symposium aims to examine some key aspects of this period, including the Viennese Secession’s experimentation with new lines of research and styles in the arts and architecture; the birth of new decorative arts movements such as the Wiener Wekstätte; the relationship between design, craftsmanship and production; the key role of important architects such as Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos.

The conference will also analyse the innovative ways of conceiving glass as a modern material in Viennese architecture, the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne in 1914, and finally the use of the ‘lamp blown’ technique in Venice and Vienna.