色彩实验室：绿 Color Lab: Green
Curator: Cathye Yang
Duration: December 5th, 2021-March 14th, 2022
Location: H5, Temporary Exhibition Hall, The Shanghai Museum of Glass
Exhibition & Graphic Design: Coordination Asia Ltd.
关于展览 ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Color research has attracted a lot of research focus as it implies how art and science intersect. Color can be studied from different perspectives, such as light wave, energy fluctuation or calculation of refraction angle and focus. Moreover, color can also be interpreted as an emotional prompt, an implication, a cultural symbol, or a communication tool of some artists. It is known that man-made glass is a comprehensive material jointly spawned by science and art. The raw materials, colors, shapes and processes of making glass are all closely related to science and technology, and they continuously change due to the shifting aesthetic tastes of glass makers and users. Color and glass always coexist harmoniously and collide with each other on the boundary between science and art.
This year, the Shanghai Museum of Glass has launched the “Color Lab” exhibition series, aiming to tap deeply into its collections, adopt laboratory-style text interpretation and exhibition design, and link colors to glass making technology and craftsmanship, to highlight the scientific and technical nature of the exhibits. The “Color Lab: Green” exhibition will continue to focus on color, with “green glass” as the core exhibit, and will present science stories and hard-core knowledge about green glass for the audience.
Green is one of the first colors used in the glass manufacturing industry in history. In the past, people had no way to remove impurity ions such as ferrous ions from raw materials when making glass. As a result, it was difficult to produce transparent glass in ancient time, and most of the glass made by the ancients was green. With the development of glass manufacturing technology, people can freely remove impurities, and artificially control the production process of green glass by adding colorants such as ferrous oxide and chromium oxide to raw materials. Green glass, turning from an “inevitable” product due to technical reasons to intentional creation when characteristics of materials are eventually mastered by glass makers, has accompanied the long development history of human beings. As a result, a lot of mysteries and wonderful anecdotes about green glass have passed down.
What is the “green porcelain” described in the historical record of the Sui Dynasty in China?
Can the materials used to make nuclear weapons be made into glassware?
Why are most of our beer bottles green?
Why did Coca-Cola choose to use curved green glass bottles? …
Just as green symbolizes hope, rebirth and peace to some extent, green glass, like eternal green color, will continue to make practical contributions to human life and social development.
Although the cold wind swipes outside glass windows, eye-catching green still thrives indoors.
This is the prosperity and harvest brought by the interweaving of science and art.