Muzeum skla a bižuterie v Jablonci nad Nisou - U Muzea 398/4, Jablonec nad Nisou, 46601 | MAPA
The Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou has prepared an exhibition of glass art works by Slovak artist, designer and teacher Patrik Ill (*1973). Under the title Arterie, it mainly presents his free works.
Patrik Illo is undoubtedly the most outstanding personality of contemporary Slovak glassmaking. His numerous activities connect the world of art and design, as he is, among other things, the chief designer of the renowned glassworks RONA in Lednice Rovne and the head of the glass studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In more than a quarter of a century of work in the field, he has had around 60 solo exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Poland and Great Britain, more than 170 participations in collective presentations in 23 countries and numerous participations in international symposia. At the same time, since 2010, as a curator, he has prepared nearly 60 exhibitions and symposia for other artists in Slovakia and abroad. "Although Ill\'s work is formally wide-ranging from commercial design to art design to free art," says Petr Nový, curator of the Jablonec exhibition, "three thematic areas have long been intertwined in all areas of his artistic activity - fluid, interaction and kinetics. Ill\'s work is motivated by the desire to uncover the \'technology of creation\', to get to the bottom of how this process works." The selection of exhibits and the method of installation were traditionally tailored to the unique space in the glass museum annex, awarded the prestigious title of Building of the Year in the Czech Republic in 2020. "For the first time, we are giving a separate space to a foreign artist who, in our opinion, is quite extraordinary. Although Patrik Illo works and creates in a Czech-Slovak context, his works are different and clearly recognizable from our domestic work. Visitors will thus have the opportunity to get acquainted with a different approach to glass," added Milada Valečková, the museum\'s director. The exhibition will open with a Meet and Greet with the artist on Thursday 16 November at 5 pm. It will be open until 21 April 2024.