Exhibition EX – IGS XII. international glass sympozium IGS 2015
March 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – Opening reception
March 31 – June 19, 2016 – Exhibition in Glass Art Centre, Sazava
April 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – Press konference Mediální centrum ORBIS, Czech Tourism, Praha
Exhibition curator: Mgr. Milan Hlaves, Ph.D.
Exhibition architect: MgA. Adam Simecek
Exhibition organizer: CESTY SKLA, o.p.s. – WAYS OF GLASS
Official patronage: Governor of Central Bohemia Region Ing. Milos Petera.
Exhibition EX – IGS
A unique contemporary world glass exhibition which is taking place in an authentic environment of a renovated cultural monument – the Glassworks Frantisek in Sazava – is one of the largest exhibitions in terms of size and number of artists, coming from over twenty countries. Around 200 artworks, created by the hands of the world’s greatest glass artists during the 12th International Glass Symposium last year in Novy Bor, are displayed. The artworks of the 12th international glass symposium are glass sculptures, installations and conceptual projects celebrating the magical beauty of glass in all its forms. Technological experiments are among the new approaches in the authors fine art and industrial design.
At the Sazava Glass Art Centre, the EX – IGS exhibition connecting the permanent exhibition of the IGS collections from the years 1989 – 2006 with artworks created at IGS 2015. A coming together of the selected authors works arises over time. Such interconnection of both permanent exhibition and new installation will show a unique example of the evolution of the creative process and the artistic concept of the contemporary art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide variety of events, including presentations, guided tours and demonstrations of glass techniques.
International Glass Symposium IGS
The International Glass Symposium IGS was first held in 1982. The Glassworks Crystalex in Novy Bor invited artists and designers from all over the world to realize their ideas with the assistance of local glass makers. Since then, once every three years, the top glass artists get together and work in the hot and cold workshops together with the glass makers, before amateur and professional public, to demonstrate their art. Over years, hundreds of artists participated. The International Glass Symposium became a world unique and prestigious event, a meeting place and a symbol of creativity and of new possibilities in the world of glass.
The town of Novy Bor took charge of the organization of the last three symposiums. „Such original bond of self management and cosponsors brought new clients to the manufacturers, and new businesses and jobs were created. Indeed, that benefits everyone.“ said the president of the IGS and mayor of Novy Bor, Jaromir Dvorak.
Organizer: CESTY SKLA, o.p.s. – WAYS OF GLASS (public benefit organization)
The company was founded to provide public services, aiming to support the development and promotion of the contemporary glass art. The company operates in a former glassworks Frantisek in Sazava. Since 2010, the factory is listed as a Cultural Heritage. It was foundation of Joseph Viewegh Glassworks Frantisek who worked to rescue this monument. They renovated it with a 130 million Czech Crowns grant given by the Integrated Operational Program.
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Supported by: BECHEROVKA, Pivovar Kozel
Citizens of Nový Bor can expect parking restrictions in the town centre in connection with the program of the International Glass Symposium and Glass Festival 2015. We would like to warn the citizens that starting midnight 1st October to Sunday 4th October afternoon it will not be possible to park at the Square nám. Míru and traffic in adjacent streets will be regulated temporarily. Citizens will be informed by temporary traffic signs of any changes in the traffic; the updated information will be also on the website of the town. The time limited parking in Liberecká Street and other streets near the square will be adjourned on weekdays during IGS 2015. Given the expected increase in visitors, there will be parking spac e provided at the cycling park; the parking will be under control of Town Police officers and community service workers. We kindly ask all drivers to be cautious while passing through the town. We expect a lot of walkers; and there will also be an excursion train taking people on the “Glass Tour” trough the town.
Thank you all for your understanding and we hope that the interesting program will compensate for all troubles.
IGS visitors can look forward to Saturday’s Open House at glassworks where they can watch international stars at work, however, also museums, glass studios and galleries with focus on glass will open their doors to public. Visitors can set off on "The Glass Tour" on foot, by excursion train or special buses. Maps with marked routes and tours will be available. One tour is intended for walking and will take people round studios nearby Square nám. Míru, where there is a special full-day program prepared for both, children and adults. The other four routes will take visitors free of charge to Lindava, Kunratice u Cvikova, Skalice u České Lípy, Kamenický Šenov, or Polevsko where open glassworks and companies will be awaitin g them. Starting point for all routes will be in Smetanova Street. The shuttle buses will take first people from Nový Bor in all directions on Saturday at 9 a.m. After they reach their final destination, they will return for other passengers in regular intervals back to the starting station. The shuttle bus might be used for a return ride to the starting station as well, where people can then take a different route. Glassworks and workshops will close to public at 3 p.m. That will also be the time of last shuttle buses going back to Nový Bor. Up-to-date information will be provided by traffic dispatchers at individual stations. Also glass schools in Nový Bor and Kamenický Šenov will open their doors to public on Saturday 3rd October to show that that is where the future of Czech glass is
IGS 2015 will present number of home and international artists, but it will also be possible to look into the history of IGS. The dream of many glassmakers and IGS fans has come true – about ninety artifacts presenting a cross section of literally all IGS years, even the first ones held in the 1980s, have returned to the place where they had been created, to Nový Bor. Opening of the IGS History Exhibition at Ajeto Art Glass Museum will therefore be on the program of the symposium as well. Glass Museum Nový Bor will then present the new outcomes of IGS 2015. The exhibition opening will take place near the end of the event, on Sunday 4th October at 11 a.m. The installation of this exhibition is very unique due to the limited time, 15 hours , in which it has to be completed. It will be open at the Glass Museum in Nový Bor till next year’s spring. Visitors will have a great opportunity to compare past and present of the International Glass Symposium. The youngest generation of artists will introduce itself in Students Section at IGS 2015. Seven students from four universities, one college and two high schools have applied to participate.
Tourists and citizens of the town will have a chance to send unique greetings from Nový Bor during the symposium. International Glass Symposium has its own postcard.
The organizers of this year’s IGS also paid a lot of attention to symposium presentation. Their ambition was not only to organize a meeting focused on a few glassmakers, but to attract attention of the general public and present the Town of Nový Bor as a town of glass. The international dimensions of this event will be emphasized by flags of all participating countries at the Square nám. Míru. Promotional materials for all IGS visitors will be ready; they should make the orientation round the town easier. All buildings of IGS organizers will be marked with banners bearing the same visual style. People can also pick up a map of organizing entities, a map of available accommodation, and finally a map of the glass tour on which they can use set off either on foot, by excursion train or special buses. There will also be service workers to provide information of course. All throughout the symposium, there will be a Checkpoint and IGS Information Centre located in the Glass Museum. They will be there for participants, symposium visitors, and public as well. All information for public will be also available at the Tourist Information Centre.
Journalists at home and abroad, as well as audio and video media, have already showed interest in checking-in for IGS. There is going to be a press conference for their representatives at Glass Museum on Friday 2nd October at 9 a.m. Journalists will have the chance to meet representatives of organizing entities, partners, VIP guests and symposium participants that will not be occupied with their own work at workshops and glassworks in the museum and then in Parkhotel Morris during a coffee break. After refreshments, prepared by Parkhotel Morris as part of the partnership, journalists will have the opportunity to visit all organizing entities. Those who will be working in Nový Bor aside the press conference can use the press centre in Parkhotel Morris as their retreat. It will be available on Thursday 1st October and Friday 2nd October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday 4th October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be Wi-Fi connection provided.
News that many eager fans of Czech studio glass and IGS have been awaiting.
The big dream and wish of glassmakers that at least part of the valuable objects from the historical collection of previous International Glass Symposium IGS years would come back to place of its birth, Nový Bor namely, has come true thanks to close and long-term cooperation of AJETO Art Glass Museum, Josef Viewegh Foundation, František Glassworks, beneficial company Cesty Skla (Ways of Glass), which manages František Glassworks, and Dr. Milan Hlaveš, curator of Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
About ninety artifacts representing literally all IGS years, even the first ones held in the 1980s, were transported from the Foundation’s deposit to a newly built part of AJETO Art Glass Museum in Nový Bor on Monday 3rd August, 2015. During following days they will be taken out of the boxes and after many years presented to the public and fans to admire in the place where they were created…
Before that happens, there is still a lot to do since some of the objects were literally saved from destruction by the Foundation. They left Lemberk castle, where they were displayed for many years or just preserved in the place, in a desolate state and it is actually a miracle that people can once again see them. It was only possible to save the collection amounting to 1500 showpieces thanks to subsidy which the Foundation obtained from the Integrated Operational Programme; great number of the exhibits has been placed in the Glass Art Centre in František Glassworks in Sázava for over a year already.
This great opening of AJETO Art Glass Museum is logically and symbolically being prepared for this year’s October, for the next IGS year, when Nový Bor once again becomes the centre of international glass art for several days.here.
Besides the open house day at glassworks and workshops on Saturday, where the IGS visitors will be able to see the world-renown stars at work, there will be many side events such as permanent exhibitions and short-term exhibitions in several regional museums throughout the whole symposium. Diverse events will be held by Glass Museum Nový Bor, Ajeto Art Glass Museum, Glass Museum Kamenický Šenov and also Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou. Glass Museum Nový Bor, which is one of the IGS organizers, will present the outcomes of the symposium. The exhibition opening will take place at the end of the symposium on Sunday 4th October, 2015 at 11 a.m. This exhibition, whose installation is very unique because of the limited time of only 15 hours in which it has to be carried out, will be open in the museum until the spring of the next year. The visitors can of course also look at the permanent museum exhibition which displays art and craft of local masters. Besides the historical and contemporary glass there are also models of workshops and illustrations of glass techniques. Museum will not only serve its usual purpose, but will also act as the accreditation and information centre for IGS participants and guests. It will also provide space for press conference with representatives of organizers, partners and the media on Friday morning 2nd October.
While the Glass Museum Nový Bor exhibits the outcomes of the IGS 2015, Ajeto Art Glass Museum will offer an exhibition of unique works of art created by glass artists from all over the world during previous symposiums, even those held and sponsored by Crystalex. This exhibition will be placed in a brand new space whose inauguration is part of the IGS program. At least till the end of the year 2015 visitors to Nový Bor will be able to see and compare present and history of the International Glass Symposium. Glass Museum Kamenický Šenov will have an exhibition of engraved and cut glass “Where do we come from, who are we and where are we headed?”, an exhibition of a Korean artist Song Mi Kim and an exhibition of a cartoonist Jan Vobr from Nový Bor.
Another place of interest to visit during the IGS is the state Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou which offers the largest exposition of glass and jewellery in the Czech Republic, the most extensive exhibition of jewellery in the world, seasonal exhibitions and additional projects, all at a space of thousand square meters. In the first exposition called “Magic Garden – Bohemian Glass in Seven Centuries” it will be possible to see a glass object Expo2 by René Roubíček, which the museum obtained from company PRECIOSA Lighting as a gift. The second exposition “Endless Story of Jewellery” presents the beginnings and historical development of the traditional world famous jewellery made in Jablonec nad Nisou. Besides the permanent exhibitions, for which the museum provides audio guides in Czech, English, German, Polish and Russian, visitors can also see a seasonal project “MOTION – EXPRESSION – EMOTION, Figures and Figurines in Bohemian and Czech Glass Art and Craft”. This exhibition, opened until 4th October, presents not only selection from the largest public collection of world-renown glass figurines made in Železný Brod in the world, which the museum administrates, but also examples of other options for capturing figures in historical and contemporary utility, decorative and studio glass. Until 4th October 2015 the museum also holds a design exhibition "HOT & COLD, Contemporary Drinking Glass and Porcelain from Central Europe”, or a display of unique glass medals from this year’s Hockey World Championship that took place in Prague.
Not only museums, but also galleries and studios specialized in glass will open their doors to visitors. The exposition of Glass School in Nový Bor will be open to public in the school gallery in T. G. Masaryka Street. Gallery Zikmundová - Bartko in Alšova Street will offer a look at contemporary modern glass and studio jewellery. It will be possible to purchase this fragile beauty in a small gallery of studio jewellery by a Nový Bor art group NATĚLO. Gallery DW at the Square Míru will show glassblowing and glassworking above a burner and an exhibition at an occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of David Wünsch Company. Showrooms of other studios will also invite visitors; cutter and designer Aleš Zvěřina in B. Egermanna Street, company Astera in Smetanova Street, and HG Studio Design in Sklářská Street will invite people to exhibition MADE IN BOR. Vladimir Klein, who celebrates not only his life jubilee this year, but also 50 years of working with glass, will invite visitors to his studio in Liberecká Street and it will be also possible to visit an exhibition of his glass sculptures in gallery Pod zvonem in the Church sv. Ducha in Arnultovice. Gallery Jídelna at Vlastivědné (Regional) Museum in Česká Lípa will exhibit objects and glass images by Anna Polanská, Lada Semecká and Dagmar Šubrtová.
Those who love strolls can hit the new educational path “In the Footsteps of Glass Craft” which will take them around Nový Bor and its surroundings to places connected with the traditional craft of this region.
Town of Nový Bor has an official gift prepared for the active participants of the symposium and its important guests. It will be a book “Nový Bor and Its Surroundings” which was published by the town at the beginning of the year. “Our goal is to show the world not only the fact that Czech glass lives, but also where it lives. It is an opportunity to present Nový Bor as a town of glass and as pleasant place for living. Nový Bor is surrounded not only by various glassworks, but many interesting touristic places as well and that is where the book takes us,” says mayor of the town and director of IGS 2015 in one person. There are photographs by professional photographers, but mainly by amateurs who capture the beauties of the region. Through the eyes of their admirers they tell stories of local places and people that lived here or still live.
„Capturing a moment that will never return is an undeniable truth of photography. Hundredths of seconds that human life is formed by,” writes Mayor Jaromír Dvořák in the introduction to the publication. “There are often places we pass by every day and we only come to see their true beauty when captured in a photo. I have to say that I am especially taken by those of the Forest Cemetery. That is where history meets the present, the death those alive, and it all happens in the middle of an everlasting nature,” concludes the mayor his contemplation on the book that we believe will bring not only joy, but will be a great promotion of the local region
The International Glass Symposium has received support from the top of the government. The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic accepted the patronage over the International Glass Symposium. He wished all organizers good luck in preparing the symposium and the International Glass Symposium itself a smooth and successful course.
His attitude provided a moral support to a great number of glass companies which represent the most important industry of Nový Bor region, but above all to symposium organizers whose common goal is to maintain and expand the traditional craft of this region and to promote it at a worldwide level. He appreciated then the uniqueness of this glass fair, the importance of Czech glass in promoting the Czech Republic in the world, and the cooperation of public and private sector when preparing the symposium.
The International Glass Symposium, which has been an essential part of the past 30 years of Nový Bor history, is once again almost here. From 1st to 4th October 2015 the town will welcome about 70 participants. The preparation of the symposium has been going on for some time. Individual organizers are preparing the symposium alone at their own companies and meet regularly and privately with the team made up of J. Dvořák, A. Forgáčová, D. Sobotka, P. Ajšmanová and M. Hlaveš to exchange information. In April there was a meeting of the full organizing team.
The four day symposium programme will look as usual. A special programme had been prepared for participants and guests of the symposium, for media and for public as well. We expect the Open Day to be the most interesting part for most since the organizing subjects will open their space to public and the showrooms will disclose its hidden glass beauty. The aim of the organizers is to prepare a symposium programme that will provide manifold experiences and entertainment to all guests no matter what their age, profession or social standing might be. It will not only show to the public the beauty of the glass craft and art, but will also present the town of Nový Bor as a pleasant and interesting place to visit. The International Glass Symposium bears a great potential to increase tourism and therefore we plan to promote the glassmaking but other touristic attractions as well. At the moment we are intensively preparing the advertising campaign and discussing promotion possibilities in the media. We can proudly say that we have registered quite a lot of interest already. The official symposium website will bring updated information on regular basis. The official town website will also inform about the course of events, and this year we newly introduce a Facebook website.
The International Music Festival Lípa Musica and the International Glass Symposium IGS 2015 have a lot in common this year. Both events belong among traditional art and cultural events of the region. The glass world will meet in Nový Bor from 1st to 4th October 2015 for the twelfth time, and Lípa Musica has already entered its fourteenth year of existence in 2015. Both events are well established on the domestic festival scene, have their faithful visitors, and are perceived by public, professional and art scene as a permanent part of the local culture. However, their cultural impact goes far beyond the regional borders. This year both of these events receive a great financial support from the Town of Nový Bor, and there is also a mutual cultural cooperation between these two subjects. The municipal council granted a subsidy amounting to 300,000 CZK to Lípa Musica for the year 2015 at its March meeting, which has greatly contributed to the survival of this festival since the Town of Česká Lípa stopped supporting it. Due to this exceptional support, the final concert of the whole festival will take place in Nový Bor theatre, and so will the concert which will close the International Glass Symposium. On Saturday 21st November the philharmonic orchestra of Hradec Králové together with joined choirs of Wiesbaden and Brno will end Lípa Musica festival. At the end of the glass symposium on 4th October, the public will see the concert of the Eben Brothers and their concert “The Time of Rubber Boots” (Čas holin). The tickets for both these concerts and the whole festival can be purchased starting 1st June at usual advance-sale places in Nový Bor.
International Glass Symposium IGS is one of the most important creative world events in the art glass field, and without question the greatest one in size. Its ongoing tradition started in 1982, when glass artists came together for the first time with the glass craftsmen in Crystalex in Nový Bor to exchange experience and to get to know each other in a friendly, collegial and creative environment. Since then symposium has been held every three years. It has hosted several hundreds of artists from the whole world. Transformation and changes that have been happening in glassmaking in the Czech Republic over the last 25 years have naturally affected IGS in character as well. Over the last few symposium years it has been organized not only by Crystalex, but also by many other entities, including production ones, each of which offers a different work method and a unique atmosphere. The Town of Nový Bor is the main organizer, as for several times before. Through the IGS secretariat, and in cooperation with the Glass Museum in Nový Bor and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, it secures everything necessary for a successful course of the symposium.
Nový Bor, and its beautiful Northern Bohemian surroundings, is historically a traditional place of glass production; it is literally a land of glass. Today there are over one hundred and twenty glass producers offering all kinds of glassworking technologies, from machine production, handmade glass at glassworks, to a great variety of refining techniques. Such concentration and richness of glass production is not to be seen anywhere else, not even in the international context. This is one of the reasons why glass symposiums IGS are still taking place. Their purpose, among others, is to draw attention to this diversity. Liberec region, to which Nový Bor belongs, can be proud of its significant and numerous glass producers, but also of its three internationally known secondary schools of glass (Nový Bor, Kamenický Šenov and Železný Brod), Glass School of Higher Education (Nový Bor) and a university glass studio at the Technical University of Liberec (Jablonec nad Nisou). The region also offers plentiful of museum expositions of historical and modern glass collections opened to public (Nový Bor, Kamenický Šenov, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Železný Brod, Harrachov etc.). There are also private collections, some opened to public as well. It is possible to visit many showrooms of glass producers, galleries at glass schools, and temporary exhibitions, which all prove the living presence of glass production in Liberec region. Many prominent glass artists live and work here. Chandeliers, lights, vases, glasses, goblets, flacons, jewellery and costume jewellery, prizes and trophies, vitrages, historical glass replicas, glass sculptures and other objects, architecture segments, semi products…these and many others can be made in this region, thanks to craftsmanship of glassmakers and aptitude of businessmen, technologists and last but not least the teachers. Nový Bor and its surroundings is the leader at doing so.
From 1st to 4th October 2015 the world will meet for the twelfth time at the IGS. Seventy glass artists are going to be invited. They will be provided with full service needed for their work. The program of XII. IGS will not be composed only of creating works of art, but also of various kinds of entertainment (glass show, exhibition, new exposition, exhibition opening, lectures, projection, concerts, performances, parties, fashion show, glass market, and attractions for children etc.). On the open house day, places of creation, many glassworks and other places will be opened to public. There will be special IGS shuttle buses within so called Glass Path taking visitors to and among these places. As every three years, Nový Bor and its surrounding areas will become the centre of the glass world, creative space and mutual meetings. The symposium will be closed with an exhibition of its outcomes at the Glass Museum in Nový Bor (where IGS Check Point will be located throughout the symposium) and exhibition of results of the IGS Student Section. Preparation of such a demanding event of course continues for the whole time in between individual IGS years. Tens to hundreds of professionals participate on it. Terms are negotiated, finances are solicited through grants from partners, IGS visual style, media and other public relations activities, artists’ nominations including dividing them to glassworks, souvenirs, social program and many other practical things are dealt with. All these are necessary for the symposium to be successful.
When selecting artists for the symposium, the IGS organization team sees to dividing all the participants evenly, attractively and in a diverse way (famous and beginning artists, men and women, half from the Czech Republic, half from countries all over the world, artists with various artistic approaches etc.). The names should not be repeated too often and the selected artists should be likeable and communicative if possible. To make the IGS more attractive to a wider public, we have also decided to invite people from different areas than art glass is – designers, painters, sculptors, architects, even pop stars. Many instructors, mainly from universities, have also been invited. When selecting glassworks and workshops for the artists, we take into consideration how much the places with their technical equipment are close to the artists, if they fit their nature of work and enable them to experiment and therefore create something absolutely new and surprising. This year we are going to introduce the IGS Hall of Fame. The first to enter will be legends of world art glass, Mr. and Mrs. Roubíček, who have so far participated in most of the IGS years. A motif from René Roubíček work of art will also become the main motif of IGS 2015 visual style. This time there will be several themes linking the IGS (Dialogue, Return, Glass schools). We are also changing the traditional Student Section of the IGS. Students will have the opportunity to creatively express themselves, but will be also invited to take an active part in the creation of famous artists and glassmakers.
The artists invited to active participation in IGS 2015 will have at their disposal organization base at the symposium secretariat, but more than that, the industrial capacity of overall eleven entities (Ajeto Lindava, Ave Clara Polevsko, Pačinek Lindava and Kunratice, Preciosa Lighting Kamenický Šenov, TGK Skalice by Česká Lípa, in Nový Bor Ajeto /BON/, Crystalex, Egermann, Kolektiv, Sklárna Slavia and Glass School). The artists will be informed in advance about their placement at glassworks and workshops, technical equipment, all production details and side program to have enough time for arrangements and preparation of their art work.
You can get an idea of what our symposium is like on websites of previous IGS years: IGS 2009 at www.igsymposium.cz/2009 and IGS 2012 at www.igsymposium.cz/2012. There are photographs of art work, list of participants and photographs of their works of art, short documentaries etc. From the last year’s IGS there is also a two-volume catalogue with detailed information and a photo book.
Come see the art glass and its creators for yourself at XII. IGS in Nový Bor.
You are cordially invited. Czech glass lives!
Milan Hlaveš, Ph.D.
IGS 2015 Curator
Head of Glass, Ceramics and Porcelain Collections, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague