My name is Christina Bolius and I would like to adopt the Musée Lalique.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I work in the Communication Department at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany, where I am responsible for the museum’s website, press relations and social media. The Museum Kunstpalast also includes the Glasmuseum Hentrich, therefore my interest in glass and glass art.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Musée Lalique, or Glass Museum Lalique, is located in the northern Alsace in France, a region which has been characterised by glass forming traditions, and still is. Réné Lalique (1860-1945) was a glass artist, and one of the major protagonists in the development of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The museum displays 650 pieces in space of 900 square metres, including both glass and crystal. It’s open 10am to 7pm from April through September, and 10am to 6pm from October through March. Admission price is 6 Euro for adults, 3 Euro concessions, with further discounts for groups. The gardens adjacent to the museum are also well worth a visit.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The Musée Lalique opened in July 2011. It is very modernly equipped, with many touch screens that have information in German, English and French. The museums sits amidst the nature of the northern Alsace, where glass forming activities are a tradition. Nature and culture are just connected so well here. Lalique was inspired by the animal and plant world, which shows in the many sketches that are projected on to a wall and you could watch for hours. In one room you can marvel at over 200 imaginative perfume bottles (and Lalique’s far sightedness in terms of marketing). On another wall with large screens, you can learn all about glass production. And you absolutely have to visit the museum café with the open patio: from here you have a great view of the mountains, and a herd of Highland cattle.
Why would you recommend people visit?
The museum is suitable for the whole family, and absolutely worth a visit. If you are planning a trip to the Alsace, you definitely should drop by! When the weather is nice, you can sit on the patio of the museum café and watch the Highland cattle grazing while you enjoy some coffee and cake. Outdoor enthusiasts can also go on a hike around the various glass kilns in the area. Incidentally, in the museum shop you can actually buy pieces from the current Lalique product line.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Inspiring, modern, refreshing!