In 2010, the glass school in Železný Brod celebrates its 90th anniversary. On this occasion, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, in partnership with the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking, has prepared a retrospective glass exhibition abounding in lively colours, shapes and glass fantasy. Contemporary works created by the school’s students are shown in interaction with outstanding creations from the early years of the institution’s existence, designed by its instructors Alois Metelák, Jaroslav Brychta, Oldřich Žák, Ladislav Přenosil, Zdeněk Juna, and others. The exhibition features an extensive and variegated collection of glass vases, dishes, figurines, jewellery and objects executed in every imaginable technique that blends exquisite craftsmanship with inventive creativity. The display traces the school‘s path toward the world recognition of Czech modern glass, ranging from Art Deco to the latest artistic concepts realized in this noble material. Furthermore, the exhibition indicates that the future of Czech glassmaking as a treasured national heirloom rests not only in the preservation of its tradition, but above all in the further enhancement of the internationally unique system of specialized glass education and training. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication.
The exhibition is held under the patronage of Eva Bartoňová, First Deputy Minister of Education, youth and sports of the Czech Republic, and Radek Cikl, Deputy Governor of the Liberec Region.
Milan Hlaveš, Antonín Langhammer, Zdeňka Laštovičková
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
17. listopadu 2
110 00 Prague 1
Tue 10 a.m.—7 p.m., Wed — Sun 10 a.m.—6 p.m., Mon closed