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On display on Level 1

Klaus MOJE

Hamburg, Germany 1936 – Canberra, ACT, Australia 2016

  • to Australia 1982

Rollup vase 2009 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: kiln-formed

Primary Insc: written in fused glass on base: Klaus Moje/4.2009
Dimensions: 49.0 h 11.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.757

The striated, agate-like glass produced in Germany and Austria in the nineteenth century and the European constructivism of the early twentieth century echo through Klaus Moje’s work. The sense of looking at the world though a prism or a kaleidoscope is evoked in this elongated cylinder form where the ‘view’ is cut and reorganised. The process is described by Moje as a ‘roll-up’, a technique where a flat mosaic panel is rolled while at the point of vitreous fusion in the kiln, creating a cylindrical vessel, which is then cold-worked by grinding, carving and polishing the glass.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design