Posted in Curiosa & Forteana, Design, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Sculpture, Tentacles / Cephalopoda by Suzanne on May 17th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia
The incredibly detailed and highly fragile tentacled glass invertebrate models (and photographs thereof) created by Leopold (1822 - 1895) & Rudolf (1857 - 1939) Blaschka's supernaturally gifted hands are currently touring Germany's natural history museums.
Even though - as far as I understood the announcement - the exhibition will mainly focus on Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch's photographs of the glass sculptures, a few very delicate Blaschka sea creatures have been loaned from Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to go on show.
This is a very rare opportunity to see them in all their otherworldly fragility and delicacy.
Exhibition Dresden: Closing tomorrow, Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Location: Technische Sammlung Dresden
Exhibition Reutlingen: July 10 - October 19, 2008 | Location: Naturkundemuseum Reutlingen
Exhibition Bremen: November 15, 2008 - January 15, 2009 | Location: Übersee-Museum Bremen
Exhibition Munich: February 12 - April 30, 2009 | Location: Museum Mensch & Natur München
Catalogue: Blaschka. Gläserne Geschöpfe des Meeres by Heidi und Hans-Jürgen Koch. Hamburg: Verlag Dölling & Galitz 2007.
Find out more about the Blaschkas:
• Blaschka-Haus e.V. - Blaschka Association in Dresden
• Out of the Teeming Sea - Cornell University's website on Leopold & Rudolf Blaschka's glass invertebrate models
• The Glass Aquarium - Blaschka article by the Design Museum
• Botanical Wonders - Article by the Corning Museum of Glass about the Blaschkas' Harvard Glass Flowers
• The Glass Menagerie - Frieze feature on the life and work of the Blaschkas
• Flowers Out of Glass - Beautiful article by Nancy Marie Brown
• Sea Creatures of the Deep - Nice picture gallery of the Blaschka glass models
• The Blaschka Marine Invertebrates - William Warmus article about the Cornell Blaschka collection
• Glass Jellyfish, Squid, Flowers & Other Marvels... - Thread over at the ever educating WurzelForum®
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