Moderator: Rainald Franz, Curator Glass and Ceramics Collection, Cross-Collection Coordination and EU-Projects, Provenance Research and Restitution, MAK-Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Rosa Barovier, Glass Historian
Elizabeth Royer, Art dealer
Caterina Tognon, Gallerist, Contemporary art
Rainald Franz studied Art History in Vienna, Munich, Rome, London and Venice. Since 1992 he has worked for the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, serving as Deputy Head of the Library and Works on Paper Collection from 1996-2011, as Provenance Research officer from 2000, and as Head of the Glass and Ceramics Collection and in charge of EU-Projects from October 2011. He also serves as Curator of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice/Pirnitz, Czechia. He has curated various exhibitions including The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900-1937 and 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture, and co-curated handiCRAFT. Traditional Skills in the Digital Age. He has contributed to a number of publications and symposia including Gottfried Semper and Vienna, Leben mit Loos (Living with Loos); 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture; Adolf Loos. Private Houses. Upcoming publications and exhibitions include Josef Hoffmann. Progress by Beauty and Erwin Wurm. Ceramic Sculptures. He is Assistant Professor at Vienna University and University of Applied Arts, Vienna: History of Ornament. From 2007-2013 he served as Chair of the ICDAD-International Committee of Decorative Arts and Design and from 2011-2013 as Head of the Austrian Art Historians Association. Since 2019 he has been Craft Ambassador, Vienna for the Michelangelo Foundation and Homo Faber Guide.
Rosa Barovier Mentasti lives and works in Venice. She has been engaged in the study of the history of Venetian glass for forty years, and is the author of reference books including Venetian Glass from the Middle Ages to the present day (1982), Venetian Glass 1890 - 1990 (1992) and Transparency and Reflections, Italian Glass in Painting (2006). As a curator she has organised numerous exhibitions on the subject of ancient and modern Venetian glass, as well as contemporary glass, on an international level. She has published numerous articles in the leading scientific journals dedicated to glass, including the Journal of Glass Studies of the Corning Museum of Glass. For the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, of which she has been a member since 2019, she curated the exhibition that inaugurated Palazzo Franchetti, Glass in the world. Today (2004). She has also coordinated all of the editions of the Study Days on Venetian Glass since 2012 and has been on the Curatorial Committee of the Glass in Venice award since its first edition in 2012. She is a member of the Curatorial Committee of LE STANZE DEL VETRO – Giorgio Cini Foundation, of the Projets Cristallo. Verres émaillés Vénitiens de la Renaissance of the Louvre Museum and is President of the Curatorial Committee of The Venice Glass Week.
Elizabeth Royer-Grimblat is an art dealer who works between Paris and Venice. At the same time, she has tirelessly worked for decades in restituting works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II to their rightful owners.
In 1986, she met Laura de Santillana, and a long and faithful friendship began between the two. This meeting proved to be vital to Elizabeth Royer-Grimblat, as it marked an enduring interest, as well as the start of her passionately collecting, contemporary glass art. In the last years, before Laura's untimely passing, Elizabeth continued to build on the friendship she had with the artist to also have a very fruitful and enthusiastic professional collaboration.
Since 1991, Caterina Tognon is one of the major European galleries dedicated to contemporary
glass sculpture. The gallery collaborates with international artists and designers who work primarily
with this medium and represents the most influential artists of the International Studio Glass
Caterina Tognon is deeply interested in investigating the cross section between fine arts and applied
arts. Since its foundation, the gallery's exhibition program has favored the organization of personal
exhibitions, along with the participation in international art fairs. Caterina Tognon has also
organized important exhibitions in collaboration with cultural institutions and museums in Venice –
including Palazzo Fortuny, Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Pesaro, Istituto Veneto di Scienze
lettere e Arti, Gallerie dell'Accademia –, as well as at a national and international level – among
others, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, USA and the National Glass Centre,
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