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• Artistic glass collection
• The history of Jelenia Góra and the region
• Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde – the festival of glass
For the fifth time the artists and enthusiasts of glass art will meet in Wrocław in order to take part in Play with Glass – the European Glass Festival. Every year, the popularity of the event is growing, and the festival itself is slowly becoming the most important regular event in Europe connected with glass art.
The organisers – Anita Bialic and Prof. Kazimierz Pawlak invite the most prominent European glass artists, representing three subsequent generations, to participate in the festival events.
‘In this way, we seek to show the great opportunities that glass can provide to artists. At the same time, we track the changes that have occurred in the use of this material over the last few decades”, Kazimierz Pawlak emphasised.
The most important event of the Play with Glass – European Glass Festival is the main exhibition, which is devoted to a different topic every year and has been presented at the historical Session Hall at Wrocław’s Main Railway Station, the City Gallery in Łódź, the Karkonosze Museum in Jelenia Góra, and the Art Gallery in Legnica.
This year’s main exhibition, “Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde” will be accompanied by additional exhibitions held in ten galleries in Wrocław, including the Festival Debut at the Arttrakt Gallery – a presentation of works by Czech designer Sebastián Kitzberger, nominated in 2015 for the Czech Grand Design Award as the Discovery of the Year, and “Where is my Paradise?” – a solo exhibition by an outstanding German-based Japanese artist Shige Fujishiro at the SiC! BWA Wrocław Gallery.
The festival will also include an international seminar on European glass art and numerous arts and education projects, including: Glass in Wrocław’s Urban Space, A Glass Display Case, A Glass Bus, an Open House at the Chair of Glass of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and in Lower Silesian glass studios, and glass workshops. During this year’s festival, all galleries presenting displays under the festival will be open on the Glass Weekend – October 15-16.
Since 2012, the European Glass Festival has been organised annually in October by the BB Gallery and the Fly with Art Foundation in close collaboration with the Municipality of Wrocław, the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the Association of Polish Artists and Designers – the Wrocław Chapter. The festival project was included in the application of the City of Wrocław for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016.
The 5th European Glass Festival is co-financed by the European Capital of Culture.
The main exhibition taking place as part of the Play with Glass – European Glass Festival.
The famous novella by Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson – Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published in 1886 – tells us the story of a renowned doctor from London, Henry Jekyll, who after drinking an elixir he invented turns into the cruel Edward Hyde. Dr Jekyll, unable to deal with the evil deeds he committed as Hyde eventually commits suicide. Stephenson’s novella is often described as a portrait of a psychopathological double personality, and introduced the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde”, describing a person with double personality to everyday language. Will the change into Mrs Hyde prevent Dr Jekyll’s suicide? Will Mrs Hyde turn out to be a monster, just like Mr Hyde? Or maybe she will be a suffragist from London, fighting for women’s rights? Among other stories by Stevenson, the story of Dr Jekyll still inspires imagination of the readers worldwide. Will it also provoke the artists invited to participate in the main exhibition of the 5th Play with Glass – European Glass Festival titled “Mr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde”, and to present their own course of events? Will it inspire them to present the contemporary story of Dr Jekyll, lonely in the industrial and virtual space of the 21st century using glass?
Kalina Bańka – Poland; Jakub Berdych – Czech Republic; Æsa Björk – Norway; Javier Blanco – Spain; Jana Hojstričová, Palo Macho – Slovakia; Krista Israel – Netherlands; Maria Koshenkova – Russia/Denmark; Magdalena Kucharska – Poland; Sini Majuri – Finland; Mihály Melcher – Hungary; John Moran – Belgium; Silvio Vigliaturo – Italy; Janusz Walentynowicz – Denmark/USA; Krzysztof Wałaszek – Poland; Bernd Weinmayer – Germany/Austria; Dana Zámečníková – Czech Republic; Barbara Zworska-Raziuk – Poland
Curator: Anita Bialic
Travellers Marta Gibiete
I remember the sensation of happiness from childhood, when in a warm summer day I was lying in the middle of a meadow full of flowers and I was watching the white, finny floating clouds in the blue sky. Clouds were floating... Where did they come from, how did they appear there? I imagined how the funny cloud that just had drifted past me will fly over the town where my friend lives a few hours later. Maybe it would tell her how good it is to sleep in a meadow full of flowers.
Many years later, another friend of mine from Finland, when she was going to go back home, said: "Every time I gaze at the full moon, I'll be sending you greetings.” And yes, at first I received them often – now it happens a bit more rarely, though.
With clouds, light, the stars we can travel around Earth countless times. With my thoughts, dreams and with my work I travel the world, near and far from home. All my glass works are travellers carrying greetings from me to you.
Shape, colour and texture are qualities that inspire me to create. Glass itself is an extraordinary material to work with. Every day I can meet many faces of glass – so different, so beautiful.
I like dreaming about travellers in space. I like watching clouds in the sky. I like picking mushrooms in the woods and listening bird choirs. All those dreams, thoughts and ideas you can see in my glass objects – my travellers.
In 2005 she graduated from the Faculty of Visual Plastic Arts (3D) at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga. In 2002-2016 she was awarded numerous grants and stipends for her creative works, for which she won numerous prizes, including: Ebeltoft Prize in the International Young Glass Competition in 1997 (Denmark) and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award from the Glasmuseum Hentrich im Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1999. She was also nominated for the Art Academy of Latvia Award in 2011.
She participated in 8 solo exhibitions and more than 100 international exhibitions, including the Young Glass '97 at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (1997); Spirited Approach: Women Glass Artists Today at Museum Kunstpalast (2000); Coburger Glaspreis in Coburg (Germany, 2006, 2014); International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2007 in Japan; European Glass Context in Bornholm, (Denmark, 2008, 2016); UFO Unique–Form–Object, the main exhibition of Play with Glass – the European Glass Festival in Wroclaw (2013); Lux Aeterna at Biennale Internationale du Verre in Strasbourg (France, 2015).
Her works can be found in the collections of the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft; Museum Kunstpalast; Ernsting Stiftung Glasmuseum (the Ernsting Foundation Museum of Glass in Coesfeld, Germany); the Latvian Embassy in Berlin and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (Latvia).
She loves cycling and picking mushrooms.
SUMMERTIME (MAY – SEPTEMBER)
Wednesday 9:00-17:00 free admission
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