The V&A's glass collection, largely housed in Room 131, is the most comprehensive in Europe. The collection has expanded considerably since the opening of the main Glass Gallery in 1994, with major additions of British, continental, antipodean and, especially, American glass art.
Crisaliforme, by Cristiano Bianchin, 2004
'Crisaliforme' - a sculpture by Cristiano Bianchin, one of the most poetic and exciting artists at work in Venice today - comprises a series of unique sculptural shapes recalling the highly stylised, ritualistic representations of the human form found in ancient effigies or idols.
A Captive Audience? by David Reekie, 2001
A glass artist and modern-day caricaturist, David Reekie has been obsessed by the human figure and its variety of facial expressions since the late 1970s. These figures, either singly or in small groups, convey stories that engage, amuse, shock and even haunt the viewer.
Behind the Scenes: Cleaning Dale Chihuly's V&A Rotunda Chandelier
Chihuly's enormous glass Chandelier under the dome of the main entrance presents an interesting cleaning problem. The Chandelier is fixed in position so it is necessary for a heroic member of the Museum's technical staff to brave the heights on a 'Powerscope' - a type of raising platform.
Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department
The Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass (SMCG) cares for over 110,000 objects reflecting, primarily, European history and design. We make these collections accessible through gallery displays, exhibitions, publications, talks, web pages and loans.