Artist: Ann Wolff

Cast glass
  • Artist Statement:

    The Studio Glass Movement from the United States burst in on my work – my isolation – in the mid 1960s. I was astonished and thrilled by the freedom with which glass was handled there. An immense curiosity about the unused potential and the broad possibilities of the new material for art: glass.

    It has to fit into the framework of art in general, though, for me, art is the deciding factor. The path I took shows that I intensely wanted to express my life in pictures, clarify things for myself. Of course I could have started in a quite different medium – painting, sculpture, film – but it became glass.

    For a long period if time now, I have seen my works in painting, stone, bronze, concrete, glass as equal in status. Sometimes I feel that my strongest works might be in paper, charcoal and pastels.

    I feel as a human being OUT of TIME. The notion of “Self”, and hence identity, grips me, disturbs me and motivates me. Everything comes from that. My interest in the “Self” includes the Others. It is clear that in the way that one carries out one’s work, something like a “Self” expresses itself. And this “Self” is guided by constantly developing inner insights. The insights can be very unclear but can still be the instpiration behind a work.

    I am testing out old questions of identity; be it inside-outside, symmetry, layers and core, number two and the double, the goat and the monkey. Moments of recognition are what my work needs, they propel me forward. Collected moments of clarity become knowledge. I think that’s good.

    About Ann Wolff

    As one of the founders of the international Studio Glass Movement, Ann Wolff was at the center of attention as early as end of the 1960s. In her 50-year career, the sculptor has repeatedly created works that make people think. Especially because glass on the one hand is transparent, yet is a solid material. The translucency intensifies the sensual perception. There is no other material that will allow you to look at it and at the same time through it.

    The artist has dealt with glass all her life. With glass, she has allowed the world a glance at her esthetic sentimentality, and she has created homogenous objects. Ever recurring themes predominant in her works are womanhood and habitation. Her objects are mostly monochrome, often kept in warm earthy tones. They radiate calmness and strength. Ann Wolff wanted more than shaped surfaces; she processed the material in several different aggregate phases, shaped it, casted it, painted it. Sometimes abstract objects emerged, sometimes figures that tell stories. What makes me strong? When does something become art? All these questions keep Ann Wolff moving. To her, movement and dance are important. In dance-theater, she was allowed to experience rehearsals with Pina Bausch, made views from it and then formed glass objects.

    Ann Wolff was born in Lübeck, Germany in 1937, studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (University for design and art) in Ulm, Germany, then she worked as a designer in Sweden. Between 1993 and 1998, Ann Wolff worked as a professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of arts) in Hamburg. Today, she works as a freelance artist in Sweden and Berlin. The Swedish Royal family has acquired several of her works.

    She has been awarded numerous international awards, among them the renowned Coburger Glaspreis (1977), the Bayerischen Staatspreis (1988), the Jurypreis of the Toledo Museum of Art (2005), and the Award of Excellence of the Smithsonian Renwick Collection, Washington, USA (2008). Her works have been repeatedly exhibited in several solo exhibitions worldwide.

  • Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany
    Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
    The Chazen Collection, Madison/WI, USA
    The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning/ NY, USA
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk/VA, USA
    Det Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, Danmark
    De Young Museum, San Fransisco/CA, USA
    Dresdner Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden, Germany
    Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
    Ernsting Stiftung, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
    Frauenau Museum, Frauenau, Germany
    Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan
    Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden
    Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany
    LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles/CA, USA
    Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau/WI, USA
    Lobmayr Museum, Wien, Austria
    Kulturhistorisches Museum, Osnabrück, Germany
    Kunstmuseum der Stadt Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
    Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden
    Metropolitan Museum, New York/NY, USA
    MFHA the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/TX, USA
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis/MN, USA
    Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte/NC, USA
    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
    Musée Atelier du Verre, Sars Poteries, France
    Musée de Design et d´Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Museum of Arts and Design, New York/NY, USA
    Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland
    Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
    Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
    Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon/MI, USA
    National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
    Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Sweden
    Norrköpings Museum, Norrköping, Sweden
    Pilkington Museum of Glass, Pilkington, England
    Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA
    Röhsska Konstslöjdmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden
    Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany
    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs/CA, USA
    Toledo Art Museum, Toledo/OH, USA
    Varbergs Museum, Varberg, Sweden
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
    Värmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
    Växjö Länsmuseum, Växjö, Sweden
    Wuerttembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
    Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT, USA
    De Young Museum, San Fransisco, USA

  • 1968 Lunningpriset, Sweden
    1974 WCC Award, Toronto, Canada
    1977 First Prize, Coburger Glaspreis, Coburg, Germany
    1980 First Prize, Zentralschweizer Glaspreis Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland
    1981 Special Prize Internationale Glaskunst, Kassel, Germany
    1982 Lessebo Kommuns Kulturpris, Sweden
    1984 WCC Glassprize, Bratislava, CSSR
    1988 Bayrischer Staatspreis (gold-medal), München, Germany
    1997 Rakow Commission, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning/NY, USA
    2005 Jurors Award, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo/OH, USA
    2006 Jurors Award, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon/MI, USA
    2007 Jurors Award, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning/NY, USA
    2008 Award of Excellence, Smithsonian Renwick Collections, Washington/DC, USA
    2009 the Flint Institute of Art Award, Flint, Michigan, USA
    2010 Award of Excellence, Tacoma Museum of Glass
    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, GAS Glass Art Society
    2011 Award of Exellence, Independent Curator Award, Habatat Galleries/MI, USA
    2011 European Culture Prize, PRO EUROPA, Strasbourg, France
    2013 Award of Exellence, Fort Wayne Museum and Meijer Sculpture, Grand Rapids MI, USA
    2014 Award of Excellence, Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

  • Solo Exhibitions selection
    1966 Varbergs Museum, Varberg, Sweden
    1968 Galleri Wulff, Helsinki, Finland
    1976 Galleri Doktor Glas, Stockholm, Sweden 1979,–84,–87,–93,–97
    1980 Yamaha Galleries, Kyoto, Japan
    1981 Galleri Mors Mössa, Göteborg, Sweden 1984
    1982 Heller Gallery, New York/NY, USA 1987,1997
    1983 Ivor Kurland Gallery, Los Angeles/CA, USA 1987
    1983 Holsten Galleries, Palm Beach/FL, USA 1986
    1984 Art Weeks, Kilkenny, Ireland
    1986 Gotlands Fornsal, Visby, Sweden
    1987 Galleri F15, Moss, Norway
    1987 Karlshamns Museum, Karlshamn, Sweden
    1987 Galerie Gottschalk-Betz, Frankfurt/M, Germany
    1990 Visby Konstmuseum, Visby, Sweden
    1990 Chateau d’Annecy, Annecy, France
    1993 Musée Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp, France
    1994 Gamla Riksbanken, Vänersborg, Sweden
    1996 Sanske Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
    1998 Galleria San Nicolò, Venice, Italy
    1999 Arch Gallery, Kalmar, Sweden
    1999 Mejeriet, Alskog, Sweden
    2001 Noack Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany
    2001 Landskrona Museum, Landskrona, Sweden
    2002 Galerie B, Sinzheim, Germany 2003,–07,–11
    2002 Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
    2002 Habatat Galleries, Detroit/MI, USA 2007,–09
    2005 Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Danmark
    2005 National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK
    2006 Glashütte Gernheim, Petershagen, Germany
    2006 Rihimäki Glasmuseum, Rihimäki, Finland
    2007 Mint Museum, Charlotte/NC, USA
    2007 Landesmuseum, Schleswig, Germany
    2008 Wärmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
    2008 Leo Kaplan Modern, New York/NY, USA
    2009 Vänersborgs Konstmuseum, Vänersborg, Sweden
    2009 Galleri Landborg, Vickleby, Sweden
    2010 Kulturforum Burgkloster zu Lübeck, Germany
    2010 Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
    2012 Galerie Seitz & Partner, Berlin, Germany
    2012 Europäisches Glasmuseum, Coburg, Germany 2013
    2012 S:t Maria Domkyrka, Visby, Sweden
    2012 Mim Art Gallery, Istanbul
    2013 Galleri KG52, Stockholm, Sweden
    2013 Continuum Gallery, Königswinter, Germany
    2014 Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, München, Germany

    Collective Exhibitions selection
    1994 Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
    1994 Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
    1994 Pro Natura Baltica Helsinki, Finland – St Petersburg, Russia
    1994 Stockholm, Sweden – Lübeck, Germany
    1995 Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden
    1996 Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan
    1996 Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo, Japan
    1996 Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
    1996 Aperto Vetro Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy
    1999 Global Art Glass Borgholm, Sweden 2002,–05
    2003 Meister der Moderne München, Germany
    2004 Oblåst Smålandsmuseum, Växjö, Sweden – Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
    2004 Culture Centre Knokke Heist, Belgium
    2005 Oblåst Rihimäki Glasmuseum, Rihimäki, Finland
    2005 Reflections Galerie Seitz & Partner, Berlin, Germany
    2005 Kanaz Forest of Creation Museum, Awara City, Fukui, Japan
    2005 Dual Vision Chazen Collection, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison/WI, USA
    2005 Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
    2006 Das verlorene Gesicht wiedergefunden Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany
    2006 Material Matters County Museum, Los Angeles/CA, USA
    2006 Intermezzo Galerie Rosella Junck, Berlin, Germany
    2007 Sammlung Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
    2007 Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis Wornick Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/MA, USA
    2007 Kraftfelder Galerie Seitz & Partner, Berlin, Germany
    2007 Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden
    2008 Galérie Internationale du Verre, Biot, France 2009, –10, –11, –12
    2011 Drömrummet, Lijlevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm
    2011Time, Vida Museum, Borgholm, Sweden
    2012 På Papper, Vida Museum, Borgholm, Sweden
    2013 Meister der Moderne, Handwerksmess, München, Germany