CZECH ART OF GLASS / CONCERTO GLASSICO
The first exhibition in January belongs to the glass art parade with subtitle "Glass interviews," which presents the works of the Czech personalities of glass industry in the photographs of prof. Miroslav Vojtěchovský, students of glassmaking school in Nový Bor and the most admired works of Concerto Glassico 2016. In the gallery of the Czech Centre Prague, on display from 6 to 31 January 2017.
Cooperation with Czech Centres on the Concerto Glassico project is a good example of how Czech cultural and high-end creative industries can be supported to achieve success in home as well as international markets. It is a good example how economic diplomacy can work in everyday life and in working processes.
Concerto Glassico is a project which supports the Czech glass- and glass jewellery-making industry and presents the Czech Republic abroad, with a special focus on Prague and the traditional centres of glass- and glass jewellery-making production. Concerto Glassico is a comprehensive, coordinated, sectoral presentation of the Czech glass- and glass jewellery–making industry covering all aspects of its work. The project was first introduced to the Czech as well as the international public in 2014 in the Tuscany Palace in Prague under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Its success was so immediate that the project became a regular biennale as early as 2016. Concerto Glassico revealed its potential to travel abroad and give effective support to export opportunities. The goal of the project is to create a marketing launch pad for glass companies, glass schools, glass artists and designers, increase awareness of Czech glass and glass jewellery and make the contemporary potential, uniqueness and high quality of Czech glass more visible.
The presentation in the Czech Centres in Prague follows up the successful exhibition held in 2016 for three months in the Tuscany Palace in Prague. The pivotal motive in this was a photographic encounter with artists, prominent figures in Czech glassmaking who have influenced the development of the art of glass through their thinking, their personal qualities and their activities. The results of their work have contributed to the distinctivness and high standard of Czech glassmaking.The photographic section of the Glass Dialogues exhibition by the author Prof. Miroslav Vojtěchovský is accompanied superbly by artworks by Nový Bor glass school students. These artworks are evidence that when our glass schools are properly supported there is no need to fear for the future of Czech glassmaking.
It is a great pleasure also to present the six artworks presented at the 2016 Concerto Glassico exhibition which were most admired (according to the visitors‘ responses book). They are The Birth of Life (Prof. Vladimir Klein), Wave (Prof. Jaroslav Svoboda), The Coronation Jewels of King Charles IV (Jiří Pačínek), Angel (Denisa Holubová), Charles IV (František Janák) and the stained glass object Tribute to Leonardo(Jitka Kantová). Audiovisual, interactive programmes have been prepared for visitors. For those who would like to test their skills and experience a live demonstration of glassmaking there will be a workshop where they can make their own fashion jewellery or stained glass decoration under the supervision of experts.
Selected works of Concerto Glassico 2016
The exposition will be opened for the public in Czech Centre Prague from January 6, 2017 to January 31, 2017. Opening time during working days from 11.00 to 18.00 and on Saturday from 11.00 to 17.00. Entrance to the exhibition is free.