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8 Great Glass Exhibits to Visit this Fall

Published on September 28th, 2016 in Entertainment

  • Cut-glass mastery on display at Ancient Technique/Modern Design, Artel Gallery

  • Stanislav Libenský Award Winner Natsuki Katsukawa at DOX

  • Stanislav Libenský Award Winner Lucia Regaskova at DOX

  • Rony Plesl at the Royal Summer Palace

  • Decanter and glasses by Jan Kotera, House at the Black Madonna (photo: m.cmog.org)

A number of noteworthy exhibitions in Prague this autumn will appeal to fans of the Bohemian glassmaking tradition, which continues to endure as both art and craft:

Prague Gallery of Czech Glass


The name of this small gallery in Prague's Nusle district is a little misleading as the focus here is primarily on international glass works with a small collection of Czech glassmakers. Young, dynamic artists working in a variety of techniques are showcased; no surprise that the gallery is the organizer of the annual Stanislav Libenský Award for innovation glass design.

 

 


Photo: Prague Gallery of Czech Glass Facebook page

 

 
Bartoškova, Prague 4, Nusle
prazskagalerie.cz/en/
tel  272 101 121
hours Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00
tram 18 to Náměstí Bratří Synků


Vortex Glass Sculpture at Myslbek Shopping Gallery


Not an official exhibit per se, but the newly installed 40-feet-wide and 20-feet-high glass chandelier, considered one of the largest in Central Europe, at the Myslbek shopping passage in downtown Prague is worth a look. Created by artist Maxim Velčovský it consists of 700 hand-blown glass components shot through with lighting to combine elements of traditional Czech glass art and modern design.


Ovocný trh 1096/8, Prague 1, Old Town
www.ngmyslbek.cz
tel 224 835 000
hours Daily 8:30-22:00
metro B to Náměstí Republiky

 

 


 L-R: Maxim Velčovský sculpture (photo: Myslbek Facebook page), Bořek Šípek crystal (photo: www.sipek.com)

 

 

Bořek Šípek Glass

 

The recently deceased architect and glass designer Bořek Šípek is widely known for his opulent shapes and rich colors; he was also known as the official architect of Prague Castle under Czech president Václav Havel who helped transform the castle into a cultural hub. The gallery is part of the Portheimka Baroque summer palace in Smíchov. Now through October 16



Štefánikova 68/12, Praha 5, Smíchov
www.galerieportheimka.cz/
tel 257 322 176
hours Tues-Sun 13:00-18:00
metro B to Anděl

 

Retro 70s and 80s

 

This exhibit in the Dancing House highlighting the communist-era lifestyle was so popular that it has been extended through fall. Among the replica apartment suites decked out with hideous furniture and displays of retro advertising, packaging, fashion, and toys, the exhibit also features a selection of hand-made Czech crystal glass, a top export of the day. Now through October 25

 

 


Glass and bohemian crystal from the Communist era (photo: www.retro70-80.cz)

 

Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6
www.retro70-80.cz/
tel 776 704 032
hours Open Daily 9:00-20:00
metro B to Karlovo náměstií



Rony Plesl at Prague Castle

 

Sculptor and designer Rony Plesl is among the foremost contemporary glass artists working in the Czech Republic today. Visitors to this exhibit, which comprises two floors of the castle's Royal Summer Palace (Královský letohrádek), will see a diverse retrospective of Plesl's design objects and sculptures including some of his most current works. Now through October 31



Prague Castle (Royal Summer Palace)
www.hrad.cz/cs/kultura-na-hrade
hours Daily 10:00-18:00
tram 22 to Královský letohrádek

 

 


L-R: Rony Plesl vases (photo: www.ronyplesl.com); DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

 

 

Stanislav Libenský Award Winners at DOX

 

This annual international glassmaking competition is a tribute to the great Czech glass artist Stanislav Libenský. Taking place every autumn in Prague, it presents the best work of art school graduates who have used glass in their degree projects. This year's winner Natsuki Katsukawa (JPN), runners up, and notable entries are now on display at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Now through November 14


Poupětova 1, Prague 7, Holešovice
www.dox.cz
tel 295 568 114, 602 373 874
hours Mon, Sat & Sun: 10-18:00; Weds-Fri: 11-19:00
metro Nádraží Holešovice
tram 5,12,15 to Ortenovo náměstí

 

Czech Cubism

 

A new permanent installation at The House at the Black Madonna exhibits not only glassware in the Czech Cubist style of the early 20th century, but furniture, accessories, and furnishings from the era. The exhibit is sponsored by and borrows pieces from the Museum of Decorative Arts which is closed for renovation until summer 2017. Now through December 2017

 

 


House at the Black Madonna (photo: Wikipedia)

 

 

Ovocný trh 19, Prague 1
www.czkubismus.cz/en/
tel 778 543 902
hours Wed 10:00-18:00; Thurs 10:00-19:00
metro Můstek or Nám. Republiky
tram Nám. Republiky

 

Ancient Technique/Modern Design


I must, of course, include our own upcoming exhibit which will be held in the gallery at our Platnerska concept store this fall. Ancient Technique/Modern Design is an exhibition of cut-glass motifs created exclusively for ARTĚL by award-winning master glasscutter Aleš Zverina. One of the oldest traditional methods of glass decoration, cut glass dates back many centuries and is a defining element of classic Bohemian crystal design. October 6-spring 2017



Platnéřská 7, Prague 1, Old Town
www.artelglass.com/
tel 226 254 700
hours Daily 11:00-19:00
metro Staroměstská
tram 17, 18 to Staroměstská

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