Review RhineBuzz at the Glass Museum

Goat, Marta Klonowska, Düsseldorf 2008, Metal frame; green-tinted, greyish-blue, gray, pink and brownish-red flat glass shards, silicone, H. 165 cm, Photo: Stefan Arendt, LVR, 2011

RhineBuzz discovers the city with you on two around events per month 
We went to the Glass Museum on August 25
Next event will be the Kunstpunkte on September 11
These events are supported by the Düsseldorf Office of Economic Development

According to legend, in the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, a craftsman brought before the court a glass vase made of a substance so strong that when thrown upon the floor it did not shatter. Instead, the craftsman simply picked up the vase, tapped out a dent with his hammer and presented it to the Emperor. Shocked, the Emperor immediately asked whether anyone else knew of the existence of the glass, but the craftsman assured him they were the only two. On hearing this the Emperor had the craftsman killed immediately, lest news of this miraculous substance completely devalue his stockpiles of silver and gold.
This was but one of many of the stories of glass’s unique and occasionally apocryphal, place in history, related by Dr. Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Director of the Hentrich Glass Museum at Museum Kunstpalast, during the recent RhineBuzz tour. A much anticipated highlight of the RhineBuzz calendar, the tour was a fascinating way to explore this less well known corner of the Museum’s collection. 
Comprising around 3 500 pieces, the museum’s collection is one of the largest in the world, offering a comprehensive history of glass ranging from functional vessels dating back to early Roman Times, through to contemporary pieces exploring themes such as climate change and commercialism.
It is a beautifully curated display that not only showcases the Museum’s collection but also challenges your understanding of glass as a medium.  While you should definitely keep an eye out for future RhineBuzz tours, the current special exhibition of Slovakian Glass is outstanding and should not be missed. This exhibition brings together the talented artists working in photography and stencils as well as glass, to create unique and thought-provoking pieces. 
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk for taking the time to unlock some of the secrets of this wonderful space for RhineBuzz members.

Slovakian Glass - Installations of Palo Macho and Jana Hojstričová and design by Patrik Illo and Aleksandra Stencel runs until 4 September. 

Kunstpunkte 20 Years - RhineBuzz tour of the Open Studios

Düsseldorf artists open their doors on two weekends in September for the Kunstpunkte - Arts Points - a constellation of visual arts, photography, sculpture and performance, often in almost secret, mysterious spaces around the city.
With over 500 open studios to visit, the choice can be overwhelming!
RhineBuzz will be taking you on a tour of selected studios on Sunday September 11 in the funky vintage bus that everyone really loves! We visit 5 or 6 studios, meet the artists and chat, and have the chance for a close-up look at their work.
Not only will we be peeking in the courtyards and big doors you would normally never see behind, but you will also leave with a greater understanding of how vital the arts are in this city.

I, Caroline West, will be hosting the afternoon with poet and writer Frank Schablewski, together we will be introducing you to the artists we will visit and be chatting about the arts‘ scene and its history in Düsseldorf in between stops.

Do pick-up the flyer which can be found in cafés, bookstores, museums and other various points around the city for an extensive map of the studios and details of the Friday night events, where the alternative spaces in the city will act as a stage for all kind of happenings.
Also, as Kunstpunkte is celebrating 20 years in 2017, numerous 'specials' will be taking place.

Kunstpunkte RhineBuzz tour in English
September 11 at 15:00
Meeting point Rheinterrasse, Joseph-Beuys Ufer -14.40 sharp! 
The bus leaves at 15.00 and returns to this point at 18.00
Limited seats €15.00 per person
For reservations on the vintage bus please email Petra Barabasch at the Department of Culture: 
or call 0211 89 24 197. Petra speaks English