Starting 4 May 2020 the Kunstgewerbemuseum is open regularly from 10 to 18 (except Mondays).
Manifesto. Works by students and graduates of the Studio of Glass in Prague
The exhibition showcases work from students and graduates of the glass atelier at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM), which is directed by Rony Plesl, one of the most important Czech glass designers. The show is a reflection of the aesthetic vocabulary of artisanal glass design and is, at the same time, a summary of the atelier's development, which, in contrast to many other art universities, has never stopped its training in the extremely challenging material areas of porcelain and glass.
Certain pieces were redeveloped for the exhibition as part of an exchange with the Dresden Arts and Crafts Museum collection. Alongside vases coated in varnish and leather, you can see elegant bowls, a grail, vessels wrapped in faux fur or sculptural cellular glass creations. In addition to the exhibition, interventions from the existing permanent exhibition will subtly break through into the west wing of the Wasserpalais, opening up new perspectives for the onlookers.
The curatorial and architectural concept from the hands of the Czech creative collective, Okolo, to whom the Kunstgewerbemuseum already devoted a solo exhibition in 2014, clearly shows that the approach of Rony Plesls himself forms an important foundation for contemporary glass design in the Czech Republic. Plesl and his students are not only interested in championing mastery of the material, but also in experimenting and searching for new methods of expression. Plesl and Okolo have compiled these and other guidelines for contemporary glass design in a manifesto, which is available as a publication and has been woven into the latest presentation as a theoretical framework.
With this exhibition, the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is once again actively initiating new pieces this year. The exhibition also takes us along the exciting path of convergence with the design scenes of neighbouring Eastern European countries.