ANDANTE, 2005,
Collection of Ann Wolff Foundation, Gotland, Sweden,
Photo by Ludger Paffrath

Goddess as a Witch, 1985,
Collection of Ann Wolff Foundation, Gotland,
Photo by Wolff Studio

River ,2011,
Collection of Wolff & Co, Sweden
Photo by Tomas Hilger

Trap Ⅲ, 2015,
Collection of Wolff & Co, Sweden
Photo by Wolff Studio



Period : Saturday, July 22, 2017-Sunday, November, 5, 2017

Opening Hours : 9:30-18:00* (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
*The first day is open at 13:00

Closed : First and Third Wednesdays

Venue : Toyama Glass Art Museum Exhibition Room 1‐2 (2F)


Ann Wolff was born in Lübeck, Germany in 1937. She studied drawing and visual communications before moving to Sweden, where she worked as a designer for a number of glassworks, including Kosta Boda. After striking out up on her own in 1978 she established her own glass studio. She continues to energetically pursue her artistic practice from her base in Sweden.

At first Wolff created glass bowls and glass sheets incorporating motifs inspired by her own personal stories or everyday objects, but later she began focusing on women’s faces and bodies, creating three-dimensional works combining glass and other materials. She has also produced a range of sculptural works in which she depicts human heads, bodies or expressions by casting them in metal or glass, while in recent years she has been creating work in which stairs are used to represent “time” in life. In parallel with her glass works, Wolff also produces painterly works in which she depicts the human form using vigorous brushstrokes and marks. Wolff’s work has changed and grown more expansive over time, but the principal themes of her practice remain her exploration of her own life and experiences as a woman and of human nature. Viewers of her work are often left with a strong sense of the myriad dimensions humans possess as well as of the passage of time in our lives.

By presenting some 50 works from early in her career when she began to explore forms of her own to the present, “ANN WOLFF ANDANTE” provides a clear overview of the strides in the artist’s practice.



General: 700 (500) College students: 500 (300)
Multi-Facility Pass for IEZUMI Toshio Exhibition-Grind to Form and ANN WOLFF ANDANTE
General: 1,000 (800) College students: 800 (500)
※Elem/JH/HS: free
※Price in brackets for groups of 20 or more
※Tickets also allow admission to the Permanent Exhibition

Related Events

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Venue: Lecture Room on the 6th floor, Toyama Glass Art Museum
Admission: No charge (Please present ticket for today to the exhibition)Capacity: 60 (first-come basis)
Note: Consecutive interpreting from English into Japanese will be provided. 

ANDANTEAnn Wolff in life and art
Lecturer: Amanda Wärff (Graphic designer; Daughter of Ann Wolff; Co-curator of Ann Wolff Foundation)
Time: 2:00 p.m.‐

Work in progressAnn Wolff and her techniques
Lecturer: Dorotheé Nilsson Speer (Chairman of the advisory board of Ann Wolff Foundation, Berlin; Partner and director, Gallery Nilsson Grundemark, Berlin, Stockholm)
Time: 3:00 p.m.‐

Organized by
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Supported by
Cooperation with
Embassy of Sweden


Toyama Glass Art Museum