Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation

Jutta Cuny, “Narcisse endormi” (Sleeping Narcissus), Lomazzo near Como, Italy, 1983; gift of Ruth-Maria Franz (P 1993-24 a,b)
Jutta Cuny, “Narcisse endormi” (Sleeping Narcissus), Lomazzo near Como, Italy, 1983; gift of Ruth-Maria Franz (P 1993-24 a,b)

The Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award was founded by Ruth-Maria Franz (1910–2008) to keep the memory of her daughter and artist Jutta Cuny (1940–1983).

Jutta Cuny was one of the most distinguished protagonists of European glass sculpture from the mid-1970s to her early tragic, accidental death. Shaped by sand-blasting from solid glass blocks, her sculptures opened new paths into glass art. Her cubic, polished blocks gained shape through their complex, matted interior. Jutta Cuny found transparent glass to be her favoured material, which she contrasted with others, such as bronze, or porcelain.

Through a number of generous gifts and the bequest of Ruth-Maria Franz, the Glasmuseum Hentrich today owns the artistic legacy of Jutta Cuny, including five major and a number of smaller works of art. It is thus the largest collection of her work in a public institution.

The sculptor Jutta Cuny in her workshop, about 1982. Foto: Enrico Cattaneo, Milan
The sculptor Jutta Cuny in her workshop, about 1982. Foto: Enrico Cattaneo, Milan

Ruth-Maria Franz established the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation in Vienna in 1984. By her request, the seat of the foundation was transferred in 1994 to the city of Dusseldorf. The foundation‘s tasks are being managed by the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Museum Kunstpalast.

The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation supports artists worldwide who show outstanding talent and make significant use of glass in their work. The foundation‘s main instrument is the award of prizes every two years. The Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award is endowed with 10,000 Euro. Additionally, two talent prizes are awarded, each with an endowment of 1,500 Euro.

The foundation‘s activities also comprise exhibitions of works by former award winners. A large overview has been given in the show “Spirited Approach” of 2000.

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