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Blaschka Glass Models & Photographs Touring Germany

Posted in Curiosa & Forteana, Design, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Sculpture, Tentacles / Cephalopoda by Suzanne on May 17th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia


© Leopold & Rudolf Blaschka | Photograph by Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch

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.

Closing tomorrow at Technische Sammlung in Dresden, the show entitled Gläserne Geschöpfe des Meeres will travel to Reutlingen, Bremen and finally Munich (c.f. dates and locations below).

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

Art Magazin review

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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2 comments to " Blaschka Glass Models & Photographs Touring Germany "

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » London’s Grant Museum Re-opens! says:

    [...] myself am the proud adoptive parent of a Blaschka glass octopus thanks to the museum’s amazing sponsorship scheme that lets you adopt a [...]

    March 8th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Jared Joslin at Yarger/Strauss, Beverly Hills says:

    [...] almost here and I’ll soon be able to break into the Grant Museum and steal their selection of Blaschka works. [...]

    May 17th, 2011 at 9:30 am

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