Glass as Art
Galerie Portheimka, Štefánikova 12, Praha 5 - Smíchov, 15000
In the second half of the 20th century, the rich history of glass-making lasting several thousands of years was followed by a new field of art, so called studio glass. Out of the glass material, works comparable to today’s painting and sculpture started to emerge. The centre of its development was the former Czechoslovakia and the names of such personages like Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Miluše and René Roubíček, Václav Cigler, Vladimír Kopecký, Jiří Harcuba, František Vízner and others started to be discussed with respect by the entire the glass world.
In the Portheimka Summer Palace, works by renowned glass artists are exhibited enhancing its baroque atmosphere. Its individual rooms create the mood of the different spaces serving for representation, invigorating the soul, amusement, and delight for the eyes. They are titled the Chapel, the Banquet Hall, the Marble Hall, the Landscape, the Study, and theTheatre. The trend of baroquization, pervading art history throughout centuries, is also apparent in modern art glass, which is why the combination of Portheimka and this material is completely appropriate and natural.