Wednesday evening last week saw the
opening of the Pop- Up: Sklo/Glass in the planned ZIBA of museum of modern glass
on Na Příkopě. Housed in a
historical building with rich architectural details it will make an engaging contrast between the old and new.
|Živnobanka all lit up|
The museum is to open next year but since 2014 there has been a
huge glass installation in the main window, a kind of teaser of what might
basketball basket and backboard in cut Bohemia crystal.
Modern art glass not only
traditional Bohemia crystal has brought the country a lot of acclaim abroad.
Under communism it was a way for the state to earn much needed foreign currency
and after the Velvet Revolution contemporary glass was one of the few things
that was not privatized and sold.
As I wrote in an earlier post, the
two main centers which today train a younger generation of glass makers are
Železný Brod and Nový Bor. Both were present at this pop up show which runs
till June. On display is a wide range of works of contemporary Czech glass from
the last few years, mainly by younger to midcareer artists such as Jitkou
Skuhravá or Lukáš and Filip Houdek. Ironically many of these artists are better
known abroad than at home. As it was also
a presentation of the UMPRUM glass
studio run by Rony Plesl-the event
itself had a bit of an air of the final project presentation (klauzury)which take place at in art schools at the end
of each academic year.
A new take on the famous glass animals.
There were artists from all possible
media, students, collectors and then of course the general public. Unlike by invitation
only show openings there was an element of democracy and I thought that it even
had a bit of the atmosphere of art show openings in Prague of the 90’s.The main
difference was that the “independents” have been replaced by hipsters and the
entire crowd looked a tad more sophisticated
than 20 years ago. The free wine and cocktails, although served in
plastic ,also did a lot to make it a memorable evening.
|The crowd spilled onto the street in Pánská|
The exhibit itself is situated on
the entire ground floor of the former Živnobanka on the corner of Na Příkopě and Pánská street.The show focuses on contemporary Czech covers everything from the applied arts (table glass) to elaborate
lighting to actual art installations .Much of it made for design studios or companies such as Moser a.s.Many of the pieces have a strong element of humor while still being practical objects. The show had been curated
to show new Czech glass from as a “design” concept rather than a traditional
skill acquired through practice.
the chandeliers – MADE IN BOR volume II.
is a conscious effort to present modern glass production as a relevant and meaningful
art form to the young local audience as well as emphasizing the wide range of
objects and prices available. Generally thought there is still a strong prevailing perception
that art glass is prohibitively expensive because it is created by luminaries
of the older generation of glass artists, therefore making it the domain of
wealthy foreigners .A novelty is also the idea of a pop-up exhibit
,something that is not seen very often in Prague.
by Tadeáš Podracký.
time being it is at least an interesting distraction from the shops and
blurring pop music which is encountered in the vicinity of Wenceslas square.