"L'âme du verre"

The Czech Centre invites you to the third exhibition within the Year of Czech Glass, this time dedicated to contemporary glass objects and sculpture.

The exhibition The Soul of Glass presents the works of Czech glass artists who are both excellent craftsmen and innovators in their field. The exhibition highlights the artists’ ability to not only design the work, but also to realise it or to come up with specific creative methods, thus showing an increasingly important trend in the world of glass art.

The curator of the exhibition, Petr Nový, says of the selection of specific names, “I approached nine artists of three generations and chose sixteen works from them, showing how different technological and aesthetic ways of approaching original glass are used today. From blown and shaped glass, there will be fused sculpture, fusing and cold techniques. In addition, most of the works are premieres in the exhibition, they are complete novelties.”

The exhibition presents works by Pavlina Čambalová, Jan Frydrych, Tomáš Hlavička, Martina Janáková, Martin Janecký, Milan Krajíček, Zuzana Kubelková, Václav Řezáč and Martin Štefánek.

The exhibition The Soul of Glass was created in cooperation with the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou, where it was first presented from September 2021 to January 2022, in the new extension of the museum, awarded the prestigious title of Building of the Year of the Czech Republic 2020.

The concept of the exhibition has been developed from the very beginning in cooperation between the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou and the Czech Centre in Paris, as part of a project called The Year of Czech Glass, which the Czech Centre is using to promote contemporary Czech glassmaking in France in 2022.