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Exhibition Review: International Triennial of Glass & Costume Jewelry

Published on July 13th, 2017 in Entertainment

  • Glassmaking and bead production has been a major industry in this area since the 14th century.(Source: Nirvana Beads Blog)

  • Glass Beads Sample Card, c.1920-1940 (Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass and Jewelry)

  • Representing only a fraction of all available colors, samples of over 200 bead colors produced by Preciosa (a Czech lighting and bead company) adorn this wall of the museum.(Photo: Jírí Jiroutek courtsey of Museum of Glass and Jewelry)

  • A view of the permanent exhibition.(Photo: Jírí Jiroutek courtsey of Museum of Glass and Jewelry)

  • Glass Beaded Necklace Sample Card, c.1920.(Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass and Jewelry)

  • A variety of colored glass rods used to produce buttons and beads.(Source: Nirvana Beads Blog)

If you’re in Prague this summer, why not escape the tourist crowds with a day trip or weekend getaway to the picturesque town of Jablonec nad Nisou in northern Bohemia?

 

Why, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s home to the very impressive Museum of Glass and Jewelry, which is currently hosting the also-very-impressive International Triennial of Glass and Costume Jewelry.

 

Located about an hour’s drive from Prague, the museum is in an area that has been the center of Czech glassmaking for centuries – at one time, 80% of the world’s costume jewelry beads were produced in this region, and ARTĚL’s own production facilities are nearby.

 

The museum’s extensive permanent collections are worth seeing at any time of year, but they’ve really pulled out all the stops for this summer’s triennial show, partnering with national design brands, local artisans, and regional schools to showcase the traditions and the future of the Czech glass industry.

 

Museum of Glass & Jewelry, Jablonec nad Nisou

 

If you decide to visit, you’ll find the exhibit organized into five individual shows, split between the main museum and various venues (all within walking distance).

 

Trends. Design. Products.” highlights contemporary Czech glass, design and jewelry. “No Limits” offers a selection of works by some founding figures of Czech modern glass art. “Material: SKLO” features the wide range of glass items produced in Czechia. Two additional exhibitions, “A. TO. MY!” and “Redesign,” showcase work from students at the local secondary schools and universities.

 

 

MATERIAL: GLASS exhibition, plied glass yarn, manufacturer Saint-Gobain Adfors CZ.

(Photo courtesy of Saint-Gobain Adfors CZ)

 

There’s also a playroom for kids, a range of instructional workshops, and the chance to see glassmaking in action – always exciting!

 

And for sculpture fans, the museum also has a great selection of modern glass sculpture from the second half of the 20th century, including works from famous Czech artists such as Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, and René Roubíček.

 

The museum’s shop is a fabulous venue to purchase glassware, costume jewelry, beads, and accessories that are hard to find anywhere else, so you’ll certainly be tempted to bring home at least a few unique souvenirs.

 

Open through October 28, the triennial is truly a must-see event this summer!

 

For information regarding tickets, visit the museum’s website.

 

Amy Hughes

Ph.D. Candidate

Fulbright Alumna and Visiting Research Fellow,

Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i

Art and Design History and Visual Culture Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

 

International Triennial Glass and Costume Jewelry

June 24 – October 28, 2017

 

Museum of Glass and Jewelry, Jablonec nad Nisou

U Muzea 394/4, 466 01 Jablonec n. Nisou

www.msb-jablonec.cz/en/

+420 483 369 011

 

Hours: Tues.- Sun 9:00am-5:00pm

 

For transportation directions from Prague to Jablonec nad Nisou, see the city’s tourism website.

 

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