KLAUS MOJE:
PAINTING WITH GLASS

Klaus Moje is one of the fathers of the modern glass movement, having invented a technique for fusing colored glass into forms. An exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design features his work in a strict chronological sequence of 64 pieces ranging from small vases to large-scale wall-mounted works.

The first temporary exhibition mounted in the newly constructed museum, it also served as the test case for addressing newly emerging issues of the building design, including soft wood floors that cannot be attached to and areas of inlaid glass in the floors that do not support cabinetry loads.

The black “zipper” creates a dynamic graphic that winds itself through the gallery and displays the art pieces either horizontally on tables and floor cases or vertically on the wall. The visual excitement of the form is accentuated as it flows to the ceiling, wall, and floor and ultimately forms a bench at the end of the exhibition where people can sit and watch a film about the artist.