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History of Frabel Art Foundation



Hans Godo Frabel established the Frabel Art Foundation because of his life long vision and efforts to promote glass arts in all its splendor. Glass was not considered a serious art medium until the early 1970's when his art was put in the collections of renowned museums worldwide and when exhibitions of his art attracted the attention of the media.

Since then, a lot has changed, but still there are very few famous glass artists, whereas there are many famous painters and sculptors. This is largely due to the conception of many world citizens that paintings, stone and bronze sculptures are the only forms of fine art.

The dream of Hans Godo Frabel is to educate the world on fine glass art by organizing exhibitions worldwide. The proceeds of these exhibitions will be fully utilized to fund two passions of Hans Godo Frabel:

  1. Charitable causes, such as the American Liver Foundation and the American Heart Association
  2. Educational causes to stimulate glass artists and glass art students

Together with Harvey Littleton and Dale Chihuly, Hans Godo Frabel is one of the founding fathers of the new studio glass art movement in North America. Mr. Frabel's art pieces can be found in many museums and art collections around the world and he has always actively supported any activities focussed on educating the world on glass art.

The Frabel Art Foundation manages a large collection of glass art pieces and loans these art pieces to museums and other institutions for educational purposes. The proceeds of any of the exhibitions is used to fund charitable and educational causes, specifically those that benefits the glass arts.

Hans Godo Frabel's artistic accomplishments include the "Hammer and Nails" sculpture, which in the late 1970's went all over the world as the main piece of the New Glass Movement. In 1987, Mr. Frabel was chosen as the Absolut Vodka artist of the year, joining other Absolut artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and his famous cavorting clown sculpture was featured on advertisements of Absolut Vodka until the early 1990's.