Special Objects

ARCUS III.  (1990-91; 75×80 cm) – S Libenský & J. Brychtová

In 1987, a nearly twenty-five-year teaching activities of Professor Stanislav Libenský at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague finished. Although his glass studio was renowned and respected worldwide for its high standards, political pressures in the former regime of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic sent unscrupulously one of the most famous experts in the field into retirement. Fortunately, Stanislav Libenský did not succumb to a sense of injustice. After decades of demanding pedagogical activity at high schools and universities he finally found some free time and thanks to that also possibility for large creative space, where he could devote himself to an author’s work alongside his wife Jaroslava Brychtová. At that time, both of them had already created dozens of famous glass sculptures and architectural designs, so hardly anybody expected that their joint artwork would have its best years ahead in many respects. Therefore, further dynamic artistic development of the couple Libenský – Brychtová was surprising not only for the interested public, but also for professionals.

At the end of the eighties, at the height of their series Towns’ Silhouettes, Seats and Thrones, a sculpture entitled Diagonal was created (1989). This extraordinary work paved the way for many other notable objects which, in addition to the impressive definition of geometrical shape, use spatial possibilities of kiln-formed glass, variable effects of penetrating light and a varied intensity of color depending on the graded thickness of glass material. In the final artistic expression these sculptures from the late eighties and early nineties do not only achieve exceptional artistic qualities but also attract with their spiritual transcendence. In this regard, the significant example is the sculpture Arcus III, which also confirms that within their joint sculptural work this creative couple managed, in the words of Stanislav Libenský, „to touch the mystery of glass, light and space“.

Oldřich Palata


ZRCADLO (2012; 510×260 cm) – Klára Horáčková

The Mirror installation was created as a personal response to the oversaturation of visual stimuli. The omnipresence of artificial images affects our perception of the world. We think of it as natural to spend a lot of time immersed in the ideas of someone else, often this type of existence actually prevails and the boundary between personal and extraneous, orevenvirtualand “real” becomes blurred. For the project I used a mechanical billboard, but instead of an advertising image I covered it with mirrors, which created a minimalist installation and the sense and function of the object was shifted. Its original meaningis changed now – instead of presenting manipulative advertising information the object turns the viewer’s attention back to reality. Even this view, however, is not the true one. Movement of individual segments causes a kind of collage picture. Reflection falls apart and integrates again inrepeating cycles. Each newimageis similar, likethe previous one,bu tnever the same.

IKEBANA (2013; 75x33x165 cm) – Alena Hlavatá Němcová

The main inspiration for creating the sculpture was Japanese art Ikebana. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement in old Japanese art style. Japanese Ikebana tries create a harmony of a linear construction, rhythm and colour in contrast to way of decoration used in west countries. Ikebana dedicated the same importance to vase, stems, leaves and branches as well as to flowers. The whole structure of this Japanese decoration of flowers is based on three major points symbolizing the earth, sky and mankind. These diverse lines create imaginary triangular.

To make this sculpture I got inspired by clear glass material that gives the bright and decent impression. Shape of each profiles of tubes and bars is accented thanks to cutting and polishing the edges from different angle. The rods or the tubes gain due to this refinement added value. To gain more sparkling effect I used glass cullets that symbolize the stones or pebbles in Ikebana. The sculpture gets more optical effect by using light that will also support the optical dimension of crystal glass.