IMAGINE THE WORLD
As the world navigates through these unprecedented times, in 2021, Imagine Museum brings the world to you. With our international collection of artworks created in glass, we not only will inspire and uplift you, but we will also expose you to the contemporary sculpture being conceived and executed from around the globe.
We invite you to explore the magnificent objects on display throughout the Museum and discover humanity’s aesthetic similarities, as well as the varied cultural infusions of geography and place.
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Born on the island of Murano and granted the title of Maestro (master glass blower) when he was in his early twenties, Tagliapietra maintains his creative experimentation and the mastering of new skills in his studios in Seattle, WA and Murano, Italy. His personal style is distinctive and easily recognized, thus his exemplary practice is followed by many as a great source of inspiration while he continues to work well into his 80’s.
Blue Cube with Head
Bertil Vallien is an internationally celebrated glass artist and designer from Stockholm, Sweden and has been a key figure in the studio glass movement since its beginnings in the 1960’s. His awe-inspiring work has made lasting impressions on audiences around the world and influenced several generations of glass artists.
Vallien creates large, highly complex, one-of-a-kind sculptures that employ symbolic imagery to depict a mythical, dream-like world. Each of his sculptures employs a range of metaphors that depict emotional narratives about our life journeys.
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova
Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova were world-renown Czech artists who created some of the defining cast glass sculptures and architectural installations of the 20th century. During a life and artistic partnership which lasted almost 50 years, they explored the optical and physical aspects of glass to develop a body of work concerning form, light and color. Their sculptural legacy ranges from luminous geometry to spiritual figurations.
Peter Bremers shares in his sculptures his inner process, his spiritual awareness, and his life-philosophy. Through his sculptures, he presents to his audience a mirror, sometimes thought-provoking and meditative, but always reflecting a need for understanding and appreciating the individual as well as the universal. Bremers will be presented with the Artist of the Future Award from Imagine Museum in February and his work will be on display for the entirety of 2021.
Where the Shark Bubbles Blow (w.t.s.b.b. #H8)
Wilfried Grootens fills transparent, geometric spaces that when visually explored, create surprising variations of form and content.
Through linear painted brush strokes on layers of glass that are laminated together, he creates new perspectives within the object’s space. In a dizzying display of optical illusion and geometry as art, Grootens’ lifetime pursuit of the arts displays a harmony of rhythm, balance, and color tone.
When one beholds the glass art of Laszlo Lukacsi, they journey through the history of the contemporary glass art movement in Hungary. Lukacsi’s training in applied arts, dedicated to the traditions of the medium and the influences of his predecessors, is illuminated in each of his cold-worked, laminated glass sculptures. The fluid, organic shapes and optical illusions reveal not only his vision, but also the laborious techniques of his craft. Lukacsi’s expressions are drawn from nature and science. They combine humanity’s industrial and technical revolutions ingeniously transformed into meticulous efforts of beauty.
Three Oasis Light Green
Zora Palova, born in Slovakia, took her first class in Vaclav Cigler’s (renowned Czech glass master) Department of Architectural Glass in Bratislava in 1971. After graduating, she soon attracted critical attention receiving commissions and awards. She served as the head the Glass Department at the University of Sunderland in the UK from 1996-2003. Palova’s art is based on constructivist principles learned in what was then Czechoslovakia; and with her, they are tempered by feeling.
With unusual sensitivity, the artist avoids sharp edges and purely geometrical forms by rounding off shapes and giving her pieces a slightly asymmetrical arrangement. By doing this, she maintains the integrity of the liquid motion of hot glass into her final works of art.
Drawing on the Vessel #17
Hiroshi Yamano is one of Japan’s leading figures in contemporary glass art. Drawn to nature, specifically near his home in the countryside, he uses the fish as his personal symbol to describe his journeys from Japan to America, traversing the oceans.
“Japan is a country that has four distinct seasons, and the seasons have traditionally been a popular subject in Japanese art. I value the simplicity and quiet when I’m surrounded by the beautiful Japanese landscape. My art is a reflection of that beauty; nature is the source of my creativity.”
7-Part Seaform Set
Dale Chihuly, American glass sculptor and entrepreneur, is considered to be the preeminent force for bringing glass as a material into the fine art form it is today. With his lust for travel, experimentation, and “letting the glass be the guide”, Chihuly’s defining principles of creation bring asymmetry, irregularity and color into the glass blowing medium. When speaking about his glass sculpture he said, “I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they’ve never experienced.”
Chihuly creates unexpected experiences in unlikely places all over the globe from Venice, to Jerusalem, to Montreal. He is by far the most formidable and easily the most recognized artist working in glass today. Chihuly founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in 1971; bringing artists in from around the world to share new ideas, new techniques and new meaning to art forms made with glass.
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and “imagine the world” at Imagine Museum