The Glass Collection at Düsseldorf

Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk

The Glasmuseum Hentrich, a department of the museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf, Germany, proudly considers itself  the most important glass collection on the European continent. Its scope ranges from the Hellenistic period to our times, with highlights from almost every peak in the history of glass. Particularly strong are the collections of Near Eastern glass in the Roman and Islamic periods, of glass from the Middle Ages and the Baroque, as well as of the Art Nouveau period
The Glasmuseum Hentrich is also the seat of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation, which biannually awards prizes to young artists who make significant use of glass in their work.

The lecture will present the museum, its history, a small choice of its holdings, and an overview of its manifold activities.

Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk is head of the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Stiftung museum kunst palast, in Dusseldorf, Germany. After receiving his doctorate from Humboldt University, Berlin, he worked at the Bröhan-Museum—a museum specialized in Art Nouveau and Art Déco decorative arts—in Berlin 1998–2003. From 2004 until 2008, he was curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. As such, he was responsible for the museum’s collections from the Middle Ages to about 1900. His major project in Corning was the exhibition “Glass of the Alchemists,” which focused on the technological improvements of the making of glass in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Adrian Wright kindly contributed the epilogue to the accompanying publication.