Entries tagged with “Beyond the Glass Curtain”.

Zora Palova, born in 1947 and wife of Stepan Pala has spent much of the last 15 years in England, as a research professor at the University of Sunderland, on the shore of the North Sea. She works in melted glass, with abstract forms and intense colors.


Gray Green Sea


The work she exposes at the exhibition at the Litvak Gallery is inspired by the sea. A column, abstract and vertical, refusing in a programmatic manner the line of the horizon incorporates in its shape the dynamics of the movement of the sea and deep color of the water, the primary element that glass is closer to.

The Slovak artist Štěpán Pala belongs visibly to the school of Vaclav Cigler. He uses the optical glass as well although his preferred technique of melting and molding the glass is different. The three works exposed at the Freedom to Create: Beyond the Glass Curtain exhibition at the Litvak Gallery in Tel Aviv (named Messenger, Infinity I, Cradle) are all combinations of geometrical, almost mathematical forms which remind the basic cubist and abstract art principles with the difference that color is replaced by transparency and surface by volume which seem to integrate with the air and transform and segment parts of it in volumes.





Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova are two of the most influential names in the development of glass art in the second half of the 20th century. They were married for almost four decades and during this period they created together a style and method of production using the technique of molded cast glass, which starts with sculptures in clay that generate plaster molds in which glass is melted for a few days and then cooled slowly for up to one month, giving the glass a deep consistency and a strong and nuanced coloration. The pair of artists is present in the current exhibition at the Litvak Gallery in Tel Aviv with two works.




The shape of ‘Head-T’ reminds the helmets on the heads of Crusaders from past times. It’s deep darkness seems to hide secrets and a force constrained by the rigors of the polished surfaces.


Green Metamorphosis


‘Green Metamorphosis’ has a daring geometry inspired by monumental sculpture and radiates intriguing light and color.

See more information about the two artists at http://www.libensky.net/.

Liliana and me spent today a morning in the exhibitions in Tel Aviv. We first visited the collective exhibition of Czech glass art opened last week at the Litvak Gallery, then we crossed the bridge and strolled in a few of the exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  I will share a few of the most interesting artists and works we have seen in successive postings on the blog.



‘Freedom to Create: Beyond the Glass Curtain’ is the name of the exhibition that collects works of 15 of the most important artists in glass from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The art of glass has a tradition of centuries in this area but there is one more reason for the two countries who were until 20 years ago part of Czechoslovakia to be one of the top centers of glass art in the world nowadays. While artists in the Communist period enjoyed the government support awarded to artists who could improve the prestige of the motherland, they were less subjected to censorship and political pressures for the simple reason that glass art was categorized more as a craftsmanship or decorative art than a mean of expression that could carry subversive political messages. In a genre that requires studios, tools and collective work, the artists from Czechoslovakia continued the tradition and developed with government support a modern school of glass art with a broad diversity of means and expressions.


Vaclav Cigler - Star of David


Vaclav Cigler (born 1929) is one of the most famous artists, head of school and professor in Bratislava. He already had an exhibition dedicated only to his work at Litvak, I wrote about it here. From his previous presence here the gallery remained with the Star of David made of optical glass in large window towards the Art Museum. Cigler also designed the arrangement and presentation of the works in the current exhibition. Although many of the artists who are exposed belong to the elder generation that emerged and created before 1989, all the works were created in the last two decades, some are very recent. Works created in an environment of full freedom, based on tradition and continuous exploration.


Vclav Cigler - Clear Cone


Cigler himself is also present with another work in his preferred media – optical glass. ‘Clear Cone’ as many of Cogler’s work catches inside the volume of the optical glass the lights and shapes of the external space, molds and transforms them, and sends them back enriched to the viewer. Observing such a work is a complex process of examination, each different angle offering a different perspective with changing relations between the inner and outer spaces.