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Richard Meitner
Born: 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Education:
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. 1970-1972
Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam 1974-1975
Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, Rijksdiploma 1972-1975

Professional Experience:
Independent Artist, Designer for industry, Professor of Art, Advisory Council and Jury Member

Richard Meitner, was originally an American, but left the U.S. for Europe immediately following his graduation from University. Following this with 3 years of study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design in Amsterdam, he then started together with Mieke Groot  his hot glass studio in 1976 in Amsterdam, and has lived there ever since. Together with Mieke Groot, he supervised the glass department of the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam from 1981-2000, and has been a member of the faculty of the New University of Lisbon’s Master’s degree program in Portugal, the Art and Science of Glass, since 2009. His work changes constantly, he can be quite easily counted as among the most eclectic of all artists working in glass internationally. A retrospective show of his work was held in 1981 at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and museums have devoted solo shows to his work in, among other places, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in the U.S.. In late 2014, the Kunstmuseum in Dusseldorf, Germany is planning a solo exhibition of Meitner’s recent work.
In 2000, Anna Venini, in a text she wrote about Richard Meitner for a book devoted to his work, said this:
“The best way I have to express what I like most about Richard and his work is perhaps this: he lives is an extraordinary world, one that is not simply the pleasing world of fairy tales, but is at the same time a breeding ground for some serious (albeit elusive) philosophical thought and research.
I come from a family of glassmakers.  I love Richard’s work most certainly not only for that reason, but also because Richard is able to approach that material and to use it with culture, with great fantasy and originality, with authority and great thoughtfulness. That combination is, in my experience, highly unusual.”

Richard Meitner’s works have become part of the permanent collections of more than 50 museums in 16 countries, among these are:

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, Netherlands
Municipal Art Museum of the Hague, Netherlands
Kunstmuseum Ehrenhof Dusseldorf, Germany
Schloss Charlottenburg, Museum, Berlin, Germany
The National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Museum of Art and Design, New York, U.S.A.
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, U.S.A.
Museum of Design, Ghent, Belgium
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Musee National de la Ceramique de Sevres, Paris, France
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Suntory Museum, Sapporo, Japan
Museo del Vetro, Murano, Italy

 
 

Artist's personal website: richardmeitner.com