Souls of Glass. The Amatller Collections. 2010 — Museography

A showing of the glass collection started by Antoni Amatller, organized by the Amatller Institute of Hispanic Art Foundation, with a total of 750 glass pieces from different periods and styles.

Institutional sponsor: Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia

© Photography: Ignasi Cristià SL

Over the years, the Amatller Institute of Hispanic Art Foundation amassed an extraordinary collection of glass objects of all styles and from all periods. While the famous Casa Amatller was being remodelled, the collection was loaned temporarily to the Archaeological Museum to be put on display. Despite their fragility, these valuable objects have managed to survive over the centuries. In total, more than 750 pieces were collected, some of which were exhibited in glass cases designed by the famous Art Nouveau architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch exclusively for the Amatller family.

The first space presents the pieces owned by the Foundation by evoking the context where they are usually on display. We designed an entrance presided over by Casa Amatller’s impressive doorway. This deconstructed façade invites visitors to enter a room that evokes the residence’s drawing room, reproducing a large stained glass window in the background. The remaining areas of the exhibition display the pieces owned by the Archaeology Museum. We were also responsible for all the graphic design elements, including the triptych for the exhibition. We used an approach that reproduces the shadows cast by these objects, as if they represented the ancient souls held within.

Archaeology Museum of Catalonia Website