Since November 2020 the permanent exhibition, which in addition to a large collection of glass paintings also includes a rich collection of reverse glass paintings, has been supplemented by a new section on glass.
Glass is omnipresent in our daily lives, and has been so for millenia. Decorative and functional objects in glass became part of the Vitromusée’s collections for the first time in 2006, when the museum received a legacy from Ruth and Frieder Ryser; further donations were made in 2015 and 2016 by Joseph Arnoth. The Vitromusée also owns a selection of artworks in glass from the Saint-Prex glassworks, to which has been added recently an important collection of blown, moulded and pressed glass.
This aspect of the glass arts now occupies an important place in the museum's display. The exhibition concept was developed in collaboration with Erwin Baumgartner and Anne de Pury-Gysel, who have been closely associated with the Vitromusée Romont for many years. Nine thematic sections present the history of glass from antiquity to the 20th century, as well as the important pressed glass production in the 19th century and the products of the Verrerie artistique of Saint-Prex created between 1928 and 1964. A virtual photo gallery, created in collaboration with the Centro Studi del Vetro of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, allows you to discover the internationally acclaimed glasses of the Venetian Seguso Vetri d'Arte studio through historical photographs. Finally, several films produced at the Corning Museum of Glass offer a glimpse into the millennia-old technique of glass blowing.
Pharisa, F. (2016, April 28). Les collections du Vitromusée s'enrichissent de 1000 pièces. La Gruyère, p. 9
Tornare, M. (2016, April 28). Un millier de verres anciens en cadeau. La Liberté, p. 17