The exhibition "Cross the Line -- Czech Glass in Israel” will open on February 3, 2019, at the Czech House Jerusalem
The exhibition will present items by 15 handmade glass producers from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (1 piece/set by each producer). Emphasis will be placed not only on modern design but also on timeless and commercially successful designs. As Israel is a great fan of Czech glass, exclusive handmade products will be part of the exhibition.
Says curator of the exhibition Petr Novy of the Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou, “It was extremely difficult to select 15 producers from the 200 glass manufacturers we have in the Czech Republic. We have been fortunate to sustain the production of handmade glass, despite severe economic pressures and competition. Now we have a better variety of glass in the Czech Republic than even in Italy, and we are seeing a revival of interest in glassware. Glass shop owners in Prague say that Israeli tourists are very good customers and like expensive brands such as Moser."
During the exhibition, Novy will present a lecture and a portfolio of the exhibitors.
The exhibition is the brainchild of Robert Mikolas, director of the Czech House and former war correspondent for Radio Prague. "I studied glass manufacturing as part of our national history, especially in the northern parts of Bohemia, from medieval times until the 20th century. I like to do things that seem ‘unfeasible.’ When I was appointed director of the Czech Center in Israel, I decided to bring the glassware here. My friend Borek Sipek, a world-renowned architect and designer, says that glass is very important in life as a form of relaxation. Perhaps that is why Israelis like it so much. "
Participating companies in the exhibition: ALDIT GLASS (hand-cut crystal); BLAŽEK GLASS (hand-cut crystal) BROKIS (light object); BYSTRO DESIGN (hand-cut glass); CAESAR CRYSTAL BOHEMIAE (hand-cut crystal); EVANS ATELIER (fused glass); GOLDBERG GLASS (painted glass); ILLOLA (Slovakia) (painted glass);LADISLAV ŠEVČÍK (hand-cut crystal); LHOTSKÝ (mold-melted glass); MOSER (hand-cut crystal); RONA (Slovakia) (hand-blown glass); RÜCKL CRYSTAL (hand-cut crystal); ŠÍPEK TEAM (hand-blown glass) VERREUM (handmade silver glass).
The exhibition will be on display February 3 -- 28 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Czech House Jerusalem, located in the building of the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
The opening ceremony will take place on February 3 at 6 p.m.
Photos by the Czech House, Jerusalem