This December, visitors to National Museum Cardiff will be able to enjoy a brand new exhibition focusing on the work of French glassmaker Maurice Marinot, who was a pioneer in the development of glass as a studio art form.
Maurice Marinot: A Passion for Glass, opening on 20 December until June 2015, is an installation that will show the pioneering work of the studio artist who skilfully explored the potential of glass work.
Forty-four pieces of glass from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Leicester Arts and Museum Service will be reunited and displayed together for the first time since they left the Marinot family in the 1960s and 1970s.
The exhibition will examine how the French artist Maurice Marinot (1882-1960) developed his original practice of oil painting through the medium of glass. Marinot’s pioneering approach to glass ignored conventional decoration and concentrated instead on the expressive power of pure colour and of the inherent qualities of the glass itself. He explored the use of the glass material to create his own highly experimental glass forms that he considered as fully equal to sculpture.
Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art for Amgueddfa Cymru said: “This is the first time that such a great selection of Maurice Marinot’s work has been reunited in Britain, and it is wonderful that it is on display for visitors to see at the National Museum Cardiff. With paintings and drawings shown alongside his colourful, sculptural glass objects, it will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about this important artist, who was a real pioneer in the development of glass as a serious art form.”
Entry to the Museum is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.