Reflets de Chine
Three Centuries of Chinese Reverse Glass Painting
16th of June 2019 - 1st of March 2020
As a museum entirely dedicated to the glass arts, the Vitromusée Romont houses a collection of more than 1300 reverse glass paintings – in addition to stained glass, glass containers, graphic works and tools related to glass arts. No museum in Switzerland or abroad, nor any private collection, holds such an important collection of this particular art in terms of quality, variety and quantity.
For its next temporary exhibition, the museum will highlight a form of artistic production little known to date, that of Chinese reverse glass painting. This will be the first exhibition in Switzerland devoted exclusively to this art created in China between 1750 and 1950, retracing its long history: from its conception in the 18thcentury with the successful artistic encounter between Chinese painting and that of Europe, to its subsequent “globalization” before becoming a widespread popular art within China.
Donation of reverse glass paintings by Jochem Poensgen
In 2018, the reverse glass paintings collection of the Vitromusée Romont was enriched thanks to a donation from the artist Jochem Poensgen of 59 reverse glass paintings and five works on paper. The donation allows us to gain an overview of works this artist has produced in recent years, and shows his continuing fascination with the technique.
Over a period of six decades, Jochem Poensgen (who was born in 1931 in Düsseldorf) created in the main monumental windows for architectural contexts. Since 2013, he has devoted himself to the particular technique of reverse glass painting. This genre has opened up a vast and fertile field for experimentation for his abstract visual language. His reverse glass paintings were shown in public for the first time at the exhibition Affinité/Wahlverwandt. Peintures sous verre et vitraux, held at the Vitromusée Romont and the Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum in Linnich in 2016–17.
From 24th of February until 23th of June 2019, the Vitromusée will be exhibiting highlights from this donation in a display case in the section on reverse glass painting. The entirety of the Poensgen donation, as well as a stained-glass window of 1990/2011 and six preparatory works on paper for the windows of the Hochgebirgsklinik Davos-Wolfgang (1980) that the artist has made over to the Vitromusée, are now available in our online vitrosearch database.