"LOVE" – the main exhibition of the "Play with Glass" – European Glass Festival

Curator: Kazimierz Pawlak in colaboration with Anita Bialic
The Karkonosze Museum, Jelenia Góra, ul. Jana Matejki 28
Exhibition open: 23.01.2016 – 21.02.2016

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

‘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

Poems by Julia Szychowiak are in catalog of LOVE exhibition: www.europeanglassfestival.com/pl/node/244