Glasmuseet Ebeltoft was established in 1986, in the former Customs House in Ebeltoft. It was founded by Danish glass artist Finn Lynggaard, Erling Rasmussen (former Managing Director of Kvadrat, Ebeltoft) and Bent Fredberg (Chartered Accountant). It is a private, self-financing institution, established and directed by the Foundation for the Collection of Contemporary, International Glass Art. Its main objective is to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of contemporary glass worldwide. In June 2006 the museum was extended with a modern wing, created by Danish architects 3XN. In connection with the inauguration, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II gave her acceptance to act as Patron of the museum.
The museum receives no financial support from the Government, but the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is regularly kept informed about projects and activities. The museum has approx. 36,000 visitors a year.
The museum exhibits contemporary, international glass art and has a permanent collection numbering approx. 1600 objects. Artists are selected and invited to join the collection after which objects are sent to the museum either as a donation or on loan, which makes Glasmuseet Ebeltoft quite unique. The artists regularly exchange or supplement their work, enabling the museum to show current trends in glass and the most up-to-date objects at all times. There are over 700 artists represented in the collection.
As well as the permanent collection, the museum organizes 3-5 separate international exhibitions a year with solo artists or groups of artists. In the past, the museum’s main exhibition activities have concentrated on prominent, well established and experienced glass artists, however, over the lyears, the museum has also looked towards young students and graduates and those who have only had a few years experience working with glass, who often have a more experimental outlook.
The museum’s exhibitions often tour other countries, organised by the museum, for example the retrospective exhibition “Observations” by Ann Wolff. Her show started in Ebeltoft in 2005 and went on to tour England, Germany, Finland, USA and Sweden. Additionally,
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
The museum runs a glass studio which is a popular attraction for visitors. The studio is open throughout the year and gives the public a good introduction to the craft of glassblowing.
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft is very active and likes to contribute towards the cultural activities in the small town of Ebeltoft and the other closely situated towns. Activities are arranged at regular intervals throughout the year and include: lectures, talks, concerts, guided tours, video presentations, workshops and childrens activities in the glass studio etc.
The museum receives a large amount of support from the “Friends” Society mainly in the form of voluntary help. The Friends Society has approximately 1000 members.
OPENING HOURS AND PRICES
01.11 – 31.03: 10 – 16 WED – SUN
01.04 – 31.10: 10 – 17 DAILY
01.07 – 31.08: 10 – 18 DAILY
01.04 – 31.10: ADULTS DKK 110/Euro 15
01.11 – 31.03: ADULTS DKK 85/Euro 12
CHILDREN 6 – 17 YEARS: DKK 30/Euro 4
GROUPS: (min. 20 people) 20% discount
CARERS for disabled visitors: Free
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