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Philip Baldwin (b. 1947) and Monica Guggisberg (b. 1955) have been a collaborative team for more than forty years. They share an instinctive appreciation for the subtle blending of art and design, functionality and abstract expression, combined with a love of material, glass especially.

Their work has its own unique signature based in the Italian cold-working .....

Philip Baldwin (b. 1947) and Monica Guggisberg (b. 1955) have been a collaborative team for more than forty years. They share an instinctive appreciation for the subtle blending of art and design, functionality and abstract expression, combined with a love of material, glass especially.

Their work has its own unique signature based in the Italian cold-working technique ‘battuto’, which they combine with the Swedish overlay process of layering colours. They have been pioneers in adapting these techniques and in creating a distinct expression of their own. Color, light, texture, pattern, and shape together reveal an undercurrent of meaning and value, adhering to the simplest of forms and clear lines.

Monica and Philip’s work reveals a preference for archetypal forms and symbols that have been used in architecture and making since the beginnings of humankind. They see these forms as an expression of the deep connections between our time and human history, and increasingly their interest in the cultural–historical aspects of the human condition plays a part in their practice.

Recent exhibitions in public spaces, such as in Canterbury Cathedral (2018–19),  at the Glasmuseum Ebeltoft 2020-2021 and at the  Musée du Verre François Décorchemont in Conches (2022), reflect their concern for the shared conditions of our current age, highlighting some of the challenges while continuing to express their love of beauty in object and form.

RESUME

Monica Guggisberg 1955, Bern, Switzerland
Philip Baldwin 1947, New York, USA
Monica Guggisberg and Philip Baldwin have been working as a team since 1980.They established their +rst studio in Switzerland where they stayed for 20 years before moving to Paris in 2001. Since 2015 they have been based in rural Wales – a third act in a long, nomadic journey.Their work is in public and private collections throughout the world and has been shown in more than 165 exhibitions worldwide.

SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2022 ‘Amphore Métaphore’, Musée du Verre François Décorchemont, France (cat.) 2020 ‘Walking in the Void’, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark (cat.)
2018 ‘Under an Equal Sky’, Canterbury Cathedral, UK (cat.)
2016 ‘The Cathedral Collection’, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh (cat.)
2012 ‘Au-delà du verre’, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (cat.)
2011 ‘Au-delà du verre’, Musée Ariana, Geneva (cat.)
2004 ‘Cirque de Sphères’, Mudac Museum, Lausanne (cat.)
2002 ‘Battuto 2002’, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark (cat.)
2001 ‘Hot glass, cold glass’, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (cat.)

DESIGN COLLABORATIONS

Best & Lloyd, London; Hergiswil Glas, Hergiswil; Nestlé,Vevey; Nouvel Studio, Mexico City Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan AG, Selb; Steuben Glass, Corning;Venini,Venice

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Achilles Stiftung, Munich;Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, Munich; Berner Design Stiftung; Canterbury Cathedral; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Charleroi Musée; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk,Virginia; Corning Museum of Glass; Denver Art Museum; Die Neue Sammlung, Munich; Eretz Israel Museum,Tel Aviv; Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof, Coesfeld-Lette; Fond Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne; Fond Cantonal de Décoration, Geneva; Gewerbemuseum Winterthur; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft; Glasmuseum Hentrich, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf; Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, NY; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin; Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg; Mobile Museum of Art,Alabama; Mudac, Lausanne; Musée Ariana, Geneva; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museo del Vetro, Murano; Museum Bellerive, Zürich; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA; MusVerre, Sars-Poteries; Palm Springs Art Museum; St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh; Swiss National Collection of Applied Art;The Toledo Museum of Art;VitroCentre Romont;Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine,WI

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

‘Amphore Métaphore’, Musée du Verre François Décorchemont, France, 2022 ‘Walking in the Void’, Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, 2020
‘Under an Equal Sky’,The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, 2018
‘Au-delà du Verre/Beyond Glass’, 5 Continents, Milan, 2011

‘L’Arche de Verre’, Céramique et Verre, 2011
‘Circus of Spheres’, Mudac, 5 Continents, Milan, 2004 ‘Battuto 2002’, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, 2002
‘Hot glass, cold glass’, Eretz Israel Museum, 2001
‘In Search of Clear Lines’, Benteli Verlag, Bern, 1998

AWARDS

Bavarian State Prize, Munich, 1997
Grand Prix des Arts Appliqués, Lausanne, 1999 Glass inVenice 2017,Venice

 

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