Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM, entry across the courtyard, free.
Auction date: 13 October from 7 PM
Auction venue: the New Town hall Great hall, Karlovo nám. 1/23, Praha 2
Admission: free with invitation, 50 CZK for public
Exhibition of leading Czech and foreign studio glass artists associated with benefit auction.
Most of the exhibited artworks has been created by glass artists in 2014 – 2016 right in the Glass Art Center Glassworks Frantisek in Sázava.
Represented artists: Christiaan D. Maas, Irena Czepcová, Jakub Petr, Jan Sostek, Janusz Pozniak, Jaromír Rybák, Jaroslav Dusek, Jirí Pacinek, Jirí Suhájek, Kristina Ligacová, Lukás Novák, Maria Koshenkova, Martin Janecký, Martin Stefánek, Ondrej Novotný, Ondrej Strnadel, Patricia Šichmanová, Pavel Kopriva, Pavlína Cambalová, Petr Novotný, Rob Stern, Tadeás Podracký, Tomás Kamenec, Vendulka Prchalová, Verena Schatz, Vicky Higginson, Vladimir Klein, Zdenek Lhotský
The historically first Glass Treasure originates from July 2014; it was then created by the hands of the American glass artist Janusz Pozniak in a newly ignited ladle furnace Frantisek. During his two week Glass blowing class, he made a piece called Geometrical couple which he donated to the Glass Art Center.
This gesture has been the origin of a new tradition. The same year, the Glass Treasure got enriched with artworks from the Czech top glass artists. Martin Janecký created a series of glass vessels, during the December demonstration of Venetian techniques for public, and Jirí Suhájek got literally all wheels moving in Frantisek glassworks. With the centrifuge force and by blowing up the glass bits, the Crystal bird was born.
Since 2015, the Glass Art Center has invited regularly selected glass artists and has presented, within the Glass Summer event, various glass techniques to general public. Another glass artist, who accepted the invitation, was Ondrej Strnadel. His work is typical by its minimalism, almost purist, and a great sense of detail, evident from his hand blown plates. On the other hand, the American glass artist Rob Stern is more playful in his work, composing his vase from the individual hand made leaf –shaped glass fragments. Author‘s autograph cannot be denied to the glass artist Jirí Pacínek either. He created, in Frantisek glassworks, a Devil glass bust .
The event called Glass Lab Session became an important milestone in Glass Treasure expansion. It is a glass laboratory transforming the industrially manufactured glass into art pieces, glass sculptures, installations and design.
In November 2015, the Glass Art Center invited ten young artists and 4 students from all Europe. They spent one week working and experimenting with glass semi-products.
The latest Glass treasures have been made during this year’s traditional Glass Summer event. Objects and vases made by Ondrej Novotný, Christiaan D. Maas vase or Martin Stefánek‘s Venetian goblet range among them.
A guided tour and the beneficial auction of all the exposed artworks will take place right after the end of the exhibition on 13th October 2016 at 7 PM. The profit from the auction will be donated to support children and youth educational activities organized in the Glass Art Center Glassworks Frantisek in Sázava. Part of the profit will be donated to support children in the Sázava foster home.
The exhibition and auction partners are: Josef Viewegh Glassworks Frantisek foundation, DOROTHEUM Ltd., New Town hall, Prague and Museum of Applied Arts, Prague.