As every year the Foundation has again visited many artists, galleries, exhibitions and academies in 2008 at home and abroad as well. The objective in this connection is always to discover current trends and developments of the international glass art.
The „flying visit“ to the London art exhibition Collect – a real treasure trove, has become a habit to get acquainted with works of young artists outside Europe. The Foundation is therefore delighted to present to you, among others, unusually worked glass pieces of three young Australians, Tali Dalton, Nicole Ayliffe and Tavita Havea.
A trip to the Czech Republic turned to be particularly worth seeing and worthwhile. A Highlight was certainly Prague, the centre of contemporary glass art. At the Academy for Art, Architecture and Design in Prague one meets promising young artists who deal with the glass in a convincing manner.
The Foundation could also acquire works of significant Czech artists like Jaromir Rybak, Ronny Plesl and Jan Fišar. There was an interesting meeting in Prague with Bohumil Elias junior, who is succeeding as a young glass artist his famous father who has unfortunately died in the meantime. His works are nonetheless very independent – massive, extensive monuments that let one forget how fragile the material glass is in reality.
In addition to these external acquisitions the collection has also been enlarged through new acquisitions from the own exhibitions of the year 2008. The Foundation acquired, among others, two dresses of the Dutch artist Patula Berm. Her exhibition “My dresses“ became the darling of the public. “Mirrow Image“ is permanently being exhibited at the Concert Theater Coesfeld, “Memories of Lavander“ can be admired at the Glass Museum Alter Hof Herding. Even exhibits from the students’ exhibition “Experiment Glass“ of the Institute for Artistic Ceramics and Glass in Höhr-Grenzhausen have also found a place in the glass collection like works of Peter Bremers and Michael Behrens. Their exhibition “Water and ice“ was presented by the Glass Museum for a few weeks in light and colours and caused such a sensation that the number of visitors attained a new record.
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Nicole Ayliffe, Vinyard, 1997 – Photo Michal Kluvanek
Tali Dalton, Memories, 2007 – Photo Jeremy Dillon
Jaromir Rybak, Schale mit Fischen, 2005 – Photo AHH
Bohumil Elias jr., Under the depht, 2008 – Photo Gabriel Urbánek