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Gerhard Richter – Windows for Tholey’s monks

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

The final significant oeuvre by Gerhard Richter is handmade in the Munich glass studio Gustav van Treeck: The “Bayerische Hofglasmalerei” (Royal Bavarian Studios for Glass Painting) realized the new artist windows for St. Mauritius in Tholey in a sophisticated level of design and craftsmanship. It is the church of one of the oldest abbey’s in Germany, which is near Saarbrücken.

Gerhard Richter’s drafts for the three choir windows are translated in glass in the Munich workshops. The church windows are based on artistically highly demanding templates that Gerhard Richter took from the 16-fold mirrored series of his digital work for the publication “Patterns – Devided – Mirrored – Repeated”.

Supported by intensive digital preparatory work, the Richter windows were manufactured as sandwich glazings. Using a wide range of glass painting techniques for example etching of hand-blown flashed glass, free paintings on float glass, screen printing and sandblasting.

Unlike the Cologne windows, Gerhard Richter presented the workshop with playful, detailed, and colorful drafts for Tholey as well as big creative and technical challenges.

So the studio had to get the images onto the glass in an optimal way. The creative concept to use digital image processing to support the traditional craftsmanship took off – the paintings of Richter translated in glass are now illuminating one of German’s oldest abbeys.

International reporting about the windows of Gerhard Richter

New York Times – A stained-glass gift, from god and Gerhard Richter
Artnet – Calling It His Last Major Work …
Der Spiegel – Gerhard Richter’s final great work
Die Zeit – Ornaments of Eternity
FAZ – Because all light wants eternity
Tagesschau – Tholey Abbey receives three church windows by Gerhard Richter
ZDF heute journal – Richter church window presented
DW – Bayerische Hofglasmalerei Gustav van Treeck 

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Motifs © Gerhard Richter 2020 (04082020)


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Madrid and Rome, Laura F. Gibellini

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Atmospheres and Interruptions I
Drawing on drywall, wall and glass. 3.2 x 6.6 meters (variable).
Installation view at Matadero Madrid, 2018.

Atmospheres and Interruptions II
Drawing on drywall, wall and glass. 5 x 3.5 meters (variable).
Installation view at the Spanish Academy, Rome, 2017.

Artist: Laura F. Gibellini

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Contemporary glass screens

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

On the occasion of summer solstice 2017 the english stained glass artist Brian Clarke has shown new fantastic screens made of hand-blown glasses. The Munich Studios Gustav van Treeck hand-crafted the art works “Leipzig” und “Lincoln’s Inn”.

The glass panes of the screens are made of hand-blown flashed glasses. The glass painters attended them exactly towards the artistic original with screen printing and etching technologies. Requests for the artworks via the artist’s gallery.

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Bayerische Hofglasmalerei in China

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

With the reconstruction of historic stained glass windows for Christ Lutheran Church in Qingdao (Tsingtao), the Bavarian Hofglasmalerei is active in China recently. The first window, a round window over the new organ shows the “eye of God”. Around it is shrouded in colorful floral patterns.

Just in time for the 100-year-consecration of Christ Church (foundation stone laid in 1908, opening 1910), the Bavarian Hofglasmalerei was charged with the reconstruction: in Munich the art glass and glass painting was createtd before the window began its long journey to China. In Qingdao, German master hand in hand with their Chinese counterparts set the new highlight into the old walls.

The following pictures provide an insight into the development of stained glass.
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