Glasmuseum Hentrich

Project partner of Philipps-Universität Marburg (UNIMAR)

One of the most important collections of Art Nouveau glass in the world is held by the Glasmuseum Hentrich in Dusseldorf, Germany. The collection, which, among others, comprises almost 300 works by the French glass artist Emile Gallé, has been thoroughly researched and published.
Glasmuseum Hentrich has its origins in the model collection of the Museum of Applied Arts that existed in Dusseldorf from 1883 to 1927. In that year, glass and other items were transfered to the City Art Museum. During the following decades, glass obtained a profile of its own. The Dusseldorf architekt Helmut Hentrich (1905–2001) started in 1961 to transfer parts of his outstanding collection of ancient and Art Nouveau glass to the museum in the form of annual donations. In his honour, the museum established a glass department and named it “Glasmuseum Hentrich” in 1990. Following his last will, the presentation of the glass department was significantly augmented and redesigned by the architect Steiner from Sarnen, Switzerland, in 2006. The glass museum’s Art Nouveau collection was also significantly augmented by the bequest of the collection Gerda Koepff in 1994.

1. “Treasure house” of the Glasmuseum Hentrich
After its opening in 2006
Foto: Horst Kolberg, Dusseldorf

2. Emile Gallé
Vase in the shape of a blade of grass

Nancy, about 1901–1903
H. 51.7 cm; D. 15.6 cm
Glasmuseum Hentrich, gift of Prof. Helmut Hentrich (inv. no. P 1977-54)
Foto: Andreas Schiblon, LVR-Zentrum für Medien und Bildung

3. Emile Gallé
Vase with fishes

Nancy, about 1899/1900
H. 18.8 cm; D. 17 cm
Glasmuseum Hentrich, bequest of Gerda Koepff (inv. no. LP 2009-49)
Foto: Walter Klein, Dusseldorf