Dvorak Sec Contemporary: Václav Cigler | Search for order

Václav Cigler in collaboration with Michal Motyčka | Search for order

Opening: 21.November 18.00pm., Dlouhá 5, Prague 1

Exhibition from 22.11.2012 do 17.1.2013

Monday – Friday 10.00am – 18.00pm

Dvorak sec contemporary gallery is pleased to present a unique project by the legendary glass visionary, Vaclav Cigler, part of which is a unique, site-specific installation created specifically for the gallery space. Showrooms will exhibit water drenched glass which will transport the viewer over to another world and become part of this exciting spatial situation.

Václav Cigler is considered one of the most outstanding glass artists, not only in the Czech republic but also abroad. Cigler’s work is multifaceted, including spatial studies, implementation of the architecture, design and jewelry. Ever since the late fifties his work more of less suggests utopian projects of landscape works. The exhibition presents the best of Cigler’s work up till now.

Václav Cigler was born in 1929 in Vsetin, where he graduated from high school and then attended the Central Glass School in Nový Bor. In the years 1951-1957 he studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague in the glass studio of prof. Josef Kaplicky, where he was significantly influenced. In 1965, on the recommendation of Stanislav Libensky and Henry Chalupecký he founded and led the studio of glass in architecture at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1979. Here he inspired many of his students in their work, as well as through his philosophy of life and way of thinking.

Václav Cigler began working with glass at the end of the 1950s, he examines its optical properties and develops them into simple elementary shapes and forms, which are visually and aesthetic resources in estranging the viewer's world of new shapes, light and colored appearances. From the 1960s Cigler was interested in the relationship between landscape and the man in it, whenever he thinks of the viewer, he wants to prepare a variety of spatial and lighting situations. His installations and projects transform the space and opens new possibilities for understanding. The work of Václav Cigler depicts space, light and man. The designs create objects associated with water – the quiet ripple of water, mirror trays, water bridges or temples. His luminous objects come to life with the use of mirroring, experimenting with the effect of color, and abstract geometric shapes which are then confronted with the external environment and thus identifies the object in motion. His work focuses on the most basic forms and shapes in conjunction with reflected and refracted light, which creates a visually strong and very meditative atmosphere.

Today, the world-renowned artist is still a vital force whom is very much present on the glass art scene. He creates breathtaking outdoor projects and museum installations efficiently transforming the material. He crosses the boundaries between art, technology and science. Vaclav Cigler’s work is original and inimitable. He has created countless unique realizations in public spaces throughout Europe, America and Asia, and his works are included in the world's leading art collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and Montreal, American Crafts Museum, New York, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Museum fur Kunstgewerbe in Frankfurt, and also in the National Gallery in Prague as well as many other world museums and private collections. For his career he received prestigious awards (Award for Decorative Arts Czechoslovak artists 1968, Zweiter Glaspreis Coburg, Coburg 1985). Cigler’s innovation in the use of glass as a material has changed its possible use throughout the world.

"My job is to present the viewer with art which enables suggestive thinking, with the intention that they be understood freely and on their own, because I respect the given, individuality, uniqueness. Therefore I do not title my projects, so the viewer has no effect on its interpretation. I turn to him rather call for a challenge of mutual dialogue, because only in this way we can know and explain our opinions and come to a possible understanding. Or at least that the work would act as an inner probing or a means for elucidation of what one already knows but has no attachment of any special significance, but might open also another possible view or way of perceiving his self or generally… world. "Václav Cigler

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