THE INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF GLASS AND JEWELLERY JABLONEC 2017
June 24 – October 28, 2017, Jablonec nad Nisou
The main museum building – N Gallery – Church of St. Anne – Eurocentre
12 countries, 20 schools, 25 glass artists-teachers and 89 brands – that is the International Triennial of Glass and Jewellery JABLONEC 2017. A total of five exhibitions and a host of side events to be held in four places in Jablonec nad Nisou from 24th June to 28th October.
The aim of the event, organised by the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou, is to present contemporary glass and jewellery design on the Czech market and to look in more detail at other aspects of these disciplines, including artistic glass, industrial glass and work by students. The Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou is a state institution that can claim the largest collection of fashion jewellery in the world and a collection of glass of trans-European significance. Three years ago, it decided to broaden the concept of regular shows of contemporary jewellery, organised since 1998, to become a non-commercial international show of glass and jewellery. “Jablonec nad Nisou will once again be transformed into a place betrothed to glass, fashion jewellery and jewellery for several months this year. The permanent exhibits at the museum will be joined by exhibits all over the town, devoted to utility and decorative glass, design, artistic glass, students’ visions and high-tech products,” said Director of the Museum Milada Valečková.
The main building of the museum in Jablonec will be home to the TRENDS.DESIGN.PRODUCTION exhibition, which focuses on what the Czech and foreign glassmaking enterprises, fashion jewellery companies, design studios and jewellery makers active on the Czech market currently have in their ranges. This year’s event will be attended by 80 brands from 8 countries (Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey, USA and Great Britain). “It really is a representative and unique look at current trends in the field and current customer tastes,” said Senior Curator of the project Petr Nový. What is more, work done by students as a result of cooperation between the museum and the Glass Design Studio at Tomas Bata University in Zlín will become part of the permanent exhibits. The REDESIGN project was already introduced at this year’s Ambiente fair in Frankfurt am Main and at Prague Design Week at the Dancing House.
The museum has also readied other exhibitions in other places around the town centre. The Eurocentrum complex will host the MATERIAL: GLASS exhibition, where visitors can learn about a range of technologically and technically specific and innovative glass products, often the successfully applied results of science and research, that are a common part of the world around us, even if not visible at first glance. Ten companies working in the Czech Republic, 4 of them part of large international concerns, will display their work here. The Eurocentrum will also be home to a “children’s corner”, to be known as “PLAYING WITH GLASS (AND MORE)”. The Church of St. Anne, meanwhile, will hold the NO LIMITS exhibition, dedicated to a selection of work created by 25 glass artists and teachers, an exhibition that has already been shown in Bulgaria and Spain in cooperation with Czech Centres. University Gallery N will stage A.TO.MY!, work done by students from 20 secondary schools and universities from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Bulgaria.
All exhibitions at the Triennial can be seen with a single ticket, which is also valid for entry to the museum in Kristiánov in the Jizera Mountains, which opens its door in May of this year after demanding reconstruction.
Partners to the INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF GLASS AND JEWELLERY IN JABLONEC 2017 are:
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Liberec Region, Corporate Town of Jablonec nad Nisou, Preciosa Foundation, Messe Frankfurt and Eurocentrum Jablonec nad Nisou.
The main media partner is Czech Television.