Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Strasser Glass Collection Exhibition at Ambras Castle

Ambras Castle Inssbruck (photo credit:
Ambras Castle Inssbruck (photo credit:

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is one of the most visited tourist sites in Vienna, and indeed one of the most iconic buildings in the entire country. This beautiful Renaissance building houses some fascinating temporary exhibitions, but also has some equally fascinating permanent ones. The Strasser Glass Collection, permanently on display at Ambras Castle, is a fine example of this. 

The Strasser Collection is named after Professor Rudolph von Strasser who won the lifetime 
achievement OscART award for his work in the field. The Strasser glass collection is one of the most important collections of its kind across Europe. Europe has been home to some of the most renowned centres for glass work, particularly during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. 

This wonderful collection has some truly fine specimens from this period, from some of the most well-known centres for glass making, including Innsbruck, Silesia and Venice. The collection is quite large, and the beauty of each delicate glass object will make you want to stop and marvel of how it must have been produced and how much pleasure its owners must have derived from it! 

Speaking of production techniques, apart from the collection, the exhibition also explains the meticulous process of historical glass arts, including blowing glass objects and glass decoration. You also get a glimpse, rather quite a good understanding of, the history of glass making in Europe, and how it evolved over time. Seeing the illustrative examples in the collection makes things even more fascinating. You can also see how the designs and preferences change from one period to the next, which is very interesting.

If you are in the least bit interested in crafts and the processes of making things, and of course, if you like to see beautiful objects, do not miss this exhibition in Ambras Castle at the Vienna Museum of Art History.Watch a video of Ambras Castel here.