Jul 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Aug 14, 2004 12:00 AM
New Czech Glass
Heller Gallery, 71 Greene Street, NYC, Call 212 966 5948
Heller Gallery is pleased to announce a special group exhibition of works by the Students and Staff of the Specialized School of Glassmaking, Železný Brod, Czech Republic. The exhibitions will open on Friday July 9, 2004 and continue through Saturday August 14, 2004.
Charlotta Kotik, Chairman of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum, will officially open the exhibition on Thursday July 8, 2004 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For centuries the Czech lands have been known as a source of some of the world’s most renowned creative glass production. Ancient Bohemian glassmakers supplied the tableware for many of the noble houses of Europe and Czech crystal chandeliers have illuminated great public halls and grand private residences around the world. During the design renaissance of the Wiener Werkstätte most Austrian or Viennese glass was actually produced in Czech glass factories. Since World War I the Czechs have vigorously supported and nurtured their burgeoning glass industry. The new Czech government went on a campaign to establish specialized schools, which would educate independent designers and makers, refining their esthetic values.
Founded in 1920 by Czech artists Jaroslav Brychta, Alois Metelák and Zdenĕk Jůna the Applied Arts and Glassmaking High School in Železný Brod is the oldest and most prestigious school set up under the auspices of this visionary plan. The school offers its students a broad range of glass related skills that range from the artistic to the scientific. The current exhibition focuses on the seven departments of the Železný Brod school that are most closely associated with the fields of art and design. They include mold making, jewelry making, cutting, engraving, hot shop techniques, flame working and painting on glass. More than one hundred works by students and teachers from these departments are represented in this comprehensive setting, which is the school’s first American exhibition. Heller Gallery is proud to host this landmark event, which is being produced with the official support of the Czech Center in New York.
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From: Jul 8, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Aug 14, 2004 12:00 AM