In the exhibition 'The Glassworks', you will get close to the life as a glass worker at Holmegaard Glassworks. It was here, in the glass factory, that the glass workers blew glass, pulled stems and formed feet while sweating in the heat from the large tank furnace.
The heat is gone. When they tuned off the large tank furnace, 45 tons of liquid glass slowly settled inside and solidified. And when the works had to close down in 2008, the place was left in a hurry. The dust still covers the controls that operated the machines, and the furnace lies like a large mausoleum with the cold glass mixture that never will be used.
We take you back to the heat around the tank furnace – with respect for a place that for almost 200 years has been the working place for generation after generation of glass workers. They are the ones that tell the stories in podcasts you can listen to, while you let your eyes be fascinated by the enchanting light installations and alluring animations. You can also see how glass is produced. In their new and modern workshop, a team of skilled glass makers give a glimpse into the process, as they together with a number of visiting artists once again jazz up the furnaces and let Holmegaard Glassworks frame a new production of art glass.
Take a glance down through the exhibition of glass and ceramics and see if you can find something from your childhood. The glasses from Holmegaard and the ceramics from Kähler have been part of our table setting through almost 200 years and have entered our homes as utility glass, packaging glass and art. Here you will find one of the very first milk dishes from Kähler's beginnings in 1839, beautiful glasses made as royal wedding gifts and one-off pieces, which can give every glass lover a distant, dreamy look in their eyes.
Listen to the designer's stories about the inspiration from the roaring 1920s, about new types of style reflecting in the glasses, and about working with the demanding materials. Essential for both is a close collaboration between craftsmen and artists, who together create the magic that forms our shared cultural history.
Why are humans creative? Have we always been creative in the same way – and how is this helping us to survive? We have brought together a Stone Age expert and a professor in architecture and in this exhibition, and you can listen to their inspiring conversation on creativity's conditions from the Stone Age until now. At the same time, you can explore the exhibition where prehistoric finds from Holmegaard Bog face iconic contemporary designs – maybe there is not 10,000 years between an old stone axe and a modern smartphone after all …!
Step into a fantastic, sparkling, glimmering universe of art glass, when Per Steen Hebsgaard exhibits selected works from his many years as a glazier with an artistic twist. It is Hebsgaard's hands that bring glass pieces from important artists like Per Kirkeby and Bjørn Nørgaard to life. He is the artists' preferred craftsman, and the exhibition covers everything from little glass dishes to large paintings and sculptures with forms and colours at full throttle.
In the exhibition's podcasts, Per Steen Hebsgaard tells about the many years of working with glass and the collaboration with artists, who each have other home grounds, but each became absorbed in an artistic collaboration with the experienced glazier with the artistic eye.
On the shelves, rising impressive seven metres into the air and 40 metres wide, you face 200 years of history – told in glass. This collection, one of Scandinavia's largest and most important ones, contains more than 40,000 unique pieces of glass. Here you will find some of Holmegaard Glassworks' greatest treasures. There are first editions and prototypes of everything from the Provence bowl to the Lotus candle holder and fantastic one-off pieces from some of our greatest artists. The collection contains glass from Holmegaard, Kastrup and Hellerup Glassworks among others. Now, for the first time, they are presented together and – for most of them – in their place of creation.
It all began with ceramics without any fuzz – ceramic baking tins, milk dishes, pickle pots and other unpretentious kitchen utensils. But gradually, as creative minds were affiliated to Kähler's workshop in Næstved, art found its way into the ceramics. Tiles, vases, pots, utility products, reliefs, everything that could be made out of clay was produced at the pottery, which gradually grew bigger. At Holmegaard Værk we made room for Museum Southeast Denmark's collection of Kähler ceramics, containing almost 6,000 pieces of ceramics and still expanding. Now and for the first time, you can see them displayed all together.