SØREN’S COLLECTION – OF GLASS FROM HOLMEGAARD
10.11. 2017 – 08.04 2018
From 11th November 2017 Glasmuseet Ebeltoft will be presenting a selection of works from Danish collector Søren Seebach’s comprehensive collection of glass produced at Holmegaard Glassworks. His vast collection totals approximately 3500 pieces, amongst which are several prototypes and unique works. Thus the collection is, in our view, the most prominent private collection of glass from this demised factory.
Looking at it from a historical perspective and focusing on mass produced glass, this exhibition differs from the museum’s usual practice of showing and supporting the development of contemporary glass. The museum’s mayor focus is on Studio glass and the development of glass art as opposed to serial produced glass, which was the trademark for the glassworks in the past.
With this exhibition Glasmuseet Ebeltoft enters a new and unknown territory. As a brand, Holmegaard has been part of the Danes’ consciousness for generations and it has played an essential role in shaping our understanding of glass. For many visitors, the exhibition will offer a welcome reunion, while, for the younger generation, it will provide an introduction to the Danish design tradition, which defines the history of Danish commercial glass.
The exhibition also aims at broadening the perspective on the subject, which is at the heart of the museum. The appearance of small glass studios, which forms the story of Studio glass, is traditionally perceived as a break from the production of glass on a large scale, and this is also the version of the story, which the museum communicates. The story is, however, rightly considered, more complex than that, since several pioneers within Danish Studio glass worked at Holmegaard as designers. Adding on to the story of the development of glass and within the exhibition “Søren’s Collection” we are, therefore, making it more complete.
Initial production at Holmegaard Glassworks began in 1825 and it is the oldest glassworks in Denmark. The factory originally started producing green bottles, but the initiator also wanted to produce clear glass tumblers, and the Bohemian glassblowers were able to manufacture these. The history of Holmegaard glassworks is a story of a few small glassworks in a peat bog, growing to become part of a large modern group over a period of 185 years. During the 20th century, artists entered the enterprise, designing and shaping Holmegaard’s glass products. This was the start of a long and proud tradition, and as a result, even to this very day, some of the best artists in Denmark are associated with Holmegaard’s glass production. In 2008 the Holmegaard brand was taken over by Rosendahl A/S.
The exhibition can be seen at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft from 11th November 2017 until 8th April 2018.
From Søren Seebach’s vast collection of works from Holmegaard Glasværk. Photo: Finn Mannford.
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