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Crossing Borders - Paintings and Sculptural Glass by Czech Artists

In the period May 2, 2009 to Sept 23, 2009 the Ebeltoft Glass Museum (Glasmuseet Ebeltoft) will present an exhibition entitled ”Crossing Borders - Paintings and Sculptural Glass by Czech Artists”

Composition T, 1996-7, 90x106x36 cm, authors: Stanislav Libenský, Jaroslava Brychtová

The exhibition Crossing Borders – Painting and Sculptural Glass by Czech Artists takes place in the Glass Museum of Ebeltoft, Jutland, in the period 2 May – 23 September 2009. The main organiser, the Glass Museum of Ebeltoft, has been working together closely with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and several other Czech co-operation partners. The art historian, Ms. Pavla Drdácká-Rossini, is the curator of the exhibition. The director of the Glass Museum, Ms. Dagmar Brendstrup, and the Czech ambassador, Mr. Zdeněk Lyčka, will open the exhibition on 2 May 2009 at 2 pm. The opening will be rounded off by a glass of Czech beer.

The exhibition introduces 25 Czech artists, whose main means of expression is glass; however, they are also painters and sculptors. Through their participation in the EXPO World Exhibitions since the 50s in the last century Czech glass artists have transcended the borders for the application of glass – from objects of use to objects of art – lately particularly under the leadership of the professors Libenský and Kopecký. The two professors were instrumental in the establishment of the world-famous school of Czech glass. At the exhibition the newest works of the above mentioned Czech artists including the two professors are presented with focus on the visual aspects and traditions within Czech glass art, which has inspired European as well as overseas artists. However, “Crossing Borders” reaches further beyond these frames. The purpose is to achieve a complex view upon glass art, to divulge the roots and motives, which influence the best glass artist of today and prove their versatility as well as their ability to exceed the limits expressed by the conceived stereotypes of particular art areas within the visual art, and the limits of the thinking and perception of the individual. Apart from the exhibition itself, various workshops and seminars on a given theme will be made.

In connection with the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the EU Council Mr. Alexandr Vondra, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, has given the status of ‘official arrangement’ to the exhibition. This status is strongly accentuated by the fact that the leitmotif of the exhibition is analogous with the motto of the Czech Presidency – Europe Without Barriers. Naturally, in this case it is not a matter of breaking down barriers for the freedom of movement of artists and works of art – this happened already twenty years ago as a logic and inevitable consequence of the fall of the Wall – the exhibition deals with the transition of barriers between the artist and his/her means of expression, between apparently heterogeneous art genres, as well as between the artistic expression and its reception.

Once the exhibition has finished in Denmark, Klaipeda in Lithuania is considered to be the next destination, all depending on the financing from the EU programme CULTURE (2007-2013).

For more information about the exhibition, please see:
Crossing Borders – Painting and Sculptural Glass by Czech Artists




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