当上海遇见布拉格 - 捷克国际新锐玻璃设计大赛作品展 WHEN SHANGHAI MEETS PRAGUE - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF FRESH CZECH GLASS DESIGN
Organizer: Shanghai Museum of Glass, PRECIOSA LIGHTING
Dates: Dec 11, 2013 – March 11, 2014
Exhibition Venue: Temporary Exhibition Hall, F2, Shanghai Museum of Glass
Exhibition and Graphic Design: COORDINATION ASIA Ltd.
Exhibition Support: Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Shanghai / Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague / DOX by Qubus Designshop
关于展览 ABOUT EXHIBITION
“当上海遇见布拉格（When Shanghai Meets Prague）”展览旨在通过中国和捷克的国际合作，培养青年才俊，并为国际玻璃艺术的整体发展贡献一份力量。
Shanghai – Prague:
Two different cities, two different cultures. Yet they share the same love: the love for design and glass craftsmanship
The exhibition showcases a selection of the twenty best pieces from the competition for young Czech glass artists.
It consists of a collection of unique glass objects each of which has a distinctive story. Each original piece also reflects the different approach the young Czech artists have towards their work with glass. The selection also shows a cross‑section of glassmaking techniques. In addition the collection demonstrates the many possibilities of how glass can be combined with other materials, and how modern technologies can be integrated to create beautiful art forms.
The goal of When Shanghai Meets Prague is to develop young talent through international cooperation between the Czech Republic and China and to contribute to the development of glass craftsmanship as a whole.
Wesley Neal Rasko
策展人说 CURATOR'S STATEMENT
The Museum of Glass in Shanghai – one of the fastest growing megacities – has during its short existence gained prominence in the world art glass. I had the opportunity to visit the museum shortly before its opening, and I was already impressed back then. It was only a matter of time before this glass center, whose prestige continues to grow, became involved in a project with Czech glass with its fascinating tradition and incredible present-day success.
The judging panel of When Shanghai Meets Prague, which was composed of many prominent personalities, had a difficult task in choosing twenty pieces from among the young artists. Among this group were not only glass artisans, but also sculptors and designers: and so individuals with different background and experiences were able to meet. The vast majority of their work was comparable in quality. Undoubtedly the final selection of twenty pieces could have been chosen differently, creating a different result, though equally good and diverse. Art competitions do not have the same characteristics as sporting events, nor do they purport to be wholly objective. Yet they do have something in common with sports: the importance of participating. If a talented individual fails once or twice, they will undoubtedly succeed the next time.
Students and graduates from all Czech universities’ glass studios along with several other institutions are represented among the final twenty. Many of them bring new approaches to how glass can be used in art. The When Shanghai Meets Prague competition aptly demonstrates that a new generation of young Czech glass artists is following in the footsteps of their famous forefathers – and with remarkable continuity. And even more importantly: the next generation is moving the art of glass to the next level and surprisingly in completely different direction.
I believe that the exhibit of the final twenty will garner much interest in Shanghai, and will lay the foundations for further cooperation between the Czech Republic and the People’s Republic of China in the area of glass. Glass, after all, knows no boundaries – which is doubly true for Czech glass.
Milan Hlaveš, Ph.D.
Glass, Ceramics and Porcelain Collections Senior Curator
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Chairman of the Judging Committee, When Prague Meets Shanghai
博物馆执行总裁说 CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT
游记布拉格 • 情牵上海滩
Anchoring in Prague
Probably everyone has a special sentiment toward a city. When you get to that city, that “rush” of familiarity can make you have an affinity, as if there is a particular kind of fate that has already been arranged and all you have to do is follow it. For me, Prague is such a city.
Prague is known for its architectural features, enjoying the reputation of “City of 100 towers”. You can take a long time to wander the Vltava riverside, the baroque gardens with towering old trees. The meandering rivers under the castles formed a picturesque peninsula, if you wish, walking in the ancient city, it is hard not to be tempted by those delicate shops, elegant cafes as well as the unique Czech charm of the beer houses, restaurants and modern art galleries.
Shanghai is my hometown where I witnessed its great change. It has created the all-inclusive culture with a profound modern cultural background and numerous historical sites. Southeast China tradition and immigration culture gradually formed a unique Shanghai-style culture. It is one of my missions and responsibilities to present diverse modern cultural activities and provide a museum lifestyle for the residents of the city.
Prague and Shanghai, two cities, two cultures, one love, one art language, it is glass, this fascinating material that plays a key role to connect the two cities.
By the invitation of the Czech Republic consulate in Shanghai, I joined the International Competition of Fresh Czech Glass Design held in October in Prague as a juror. The winning works of this competition make up the exhibits of “When Shanghai Meets Prague”. I brought this exhibition to the Shanghai Museum of Glass after it had been exhibited two months in Prague.
The “When Shanghai Meets Prague” exhibition is a New Year gift I give to Shanghai citizens after I went to Prague and selected among the design competition for a week. Enjoy an infinite possibility of glass. I wish you all a happy New Year!
Chairman of Shanghai Museum of Glass