„LOVE" Festival Main Exhibition

Mustafa Ağatekin – Turkey; Elena Atrashkevich-Zlatkovic – Belarus;
Zaiga Baiža – Latvia/Luxembourg; Maria Bang Espersen – Denmark;
Dagmara Bielecka – Poland; Latchezar Boyadjiev – Bulgaria/USA;
Peter Bremers – Netherlands; Małgorzata Dajewska – Poland;
Giuliano Gaigher – Italy; Montserrat Duran Muntadas – Spain;
Marek Firek – Poland; Martin Janecký – Czech Republic/USA;
Wojciech Olech – Poland; Balázs Sipos – Hungary;Verena Schatz – Austria;
Petr Stacho – Czech Republic; Emma Woffenden – Great Britain

curator: Kazimierz Pawlak in colaboration with Anita Bialic

Wrocław Główny Station
– 13.10.2014 – 10.11.2015 – Session Room
– City Art Gallery –19.11.2015 – 16.12.2015 – Re: Medium Gallery – ul. Piotrkowska 113
Jelenia Góra – 23.01.2016 – 21.02.2016 – the Karkonosze Museum
– 04.03.2016 – 10.04.2016 – Art Gallery in Legnica


Sex, sex, sex omnipresent and filling our surroundings, and with it sexuality in all its forms. Endless discussions about gender and the need for social acceptance of different civil unions and homosexuality. And around us artistic attitudes and activities arousing a general lack of acceptance incongruent to universal morality.

Is true LOVE just a sexual phenomenon, as Sigmund Freud would prefer?
Or maybe the primal instinct of our first parents is the most pure and it is HE, and SHE who are the irreplaceable actors on the stage of life.
LOVE. A feeling, a type of relationships, behaviours and attitudes. A concept that’s difficult to interpret unambiguously. It’s been an inspiration in the creation of great works of art and literature.
‘What is love?’ the desert asked.
‘Love is the falcon’s flight over your sands. Because for him, you are a green field, from which he always returns with game. He knows your rocks, your dunes, and your mountains, and you are generous to him.’*

Love is the theme of the main exhibition of the 4th Play with Glass – European Glass Festival in Wrocław. We’ve invited 17 artists from 13 European countries to participate in it: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and Poland. We have set them a seemingly simple task: ‘to talk’ about love. But how to convey emotions using cool glass?!

Various artistic attitudes, diverse cultural circles, and different uses of glass... Will the works presented at the exhibition arouse reflection? Controversy? Will they disappoint or impress? Will they leave us indifferent or touch our emotions?

You can speak of love in many ways. Because ‘love is a blinding light, a genetic need, an altered state of consciousness, a severe drug, a mental illness, a play for power – it is sperm and tears’**.

Welcome to the exhibition.

Kazimierz Pawlak, curator of the exhibition; cooperation: Anita Bialic

* The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – Translated by Alan R. Clarke
** Gaspar Noé

Opening of the exhibition – photos

Giuliano Gaigher – Us Two

Peter Bremers – Erotica ' 14

Emma Woffenden  – Inflame 

Monserrat Duran Muntadas, Jean-Simone Trottier – Scabiosa stellata

Elena Atrashkevich-Zlatkovic – With Bated Breath

Petr Stacho – UP and DOWN

Peter Bremers – Perception VIII

Peter Bremers –Perception VIII

Maria Bang Espersen – Possibility of Change

Martin Janecký  –  Yan

Verena Schatz –Emotional leak

Latchezar Boyadjiev – Torso XI

Dagmara Bielecka – Date

Latchezar Boyadjiev – Torso XII

Monserrat Duran Muntadas – Fragile Maternity

Monserrat Duran Muntadas –Fragile Maternity – detail

Emma Woffenden – Hammer

Verena Schatz –Emotional leak

Verena Schatz –Emotional leak

Dagmara Bielecka – I Love You

Zaiga Baiža – We

Mustafa Ağatekin – heshelove1

Mustafa Ağatekin – heshelove1

Marek Firek – Lusatia, Sudeten Highlanders

Opening of the exhibition – photos