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27 Feb 2020 - 1 Mar 2020

Metaphors of Nature: Galerie Kuzebauch at Collect 2020

During its second visit to Collect 2020 in London, Galerie Kuzebauch will showcase exceptional pieces of Czech studio glass created mainly by a generation of artists born after the 1970s who draw inspiration from nature. The exhibition highlights a creative trend in glassmaking inspired by and stemming from the natural world, primarily landscape and geology. The forces of nature are a source of inspiration – the captured movements of waves and winds and the stillness of a frozen landscape in winter. The aesthetic world of glass making reflects geological transformations and natural forces which remain forever imprinted in the cooled surface of each individual piece.

The exhibition presents two distinct ways through which the natural world influences the work of the artists. Klára Horáčková, Lada Semecká and Anna Polanská draw directly on the morphology of their environments. Inspired by tectonic shifts, the erosion of soil and natural elements, their pieces represent nature in its purest form, as a force to be reckoned with. The other three artists, Ondřej Strnadel, Martin Hlubuček and Milan Krajíček, use different techniques and derive inspiration mostly through geometry – an organic vocabulary of shapes, colours and surface structures. However they achieve the same level of abstraction which is still deeply rooted in the natural forms and basic shapes present all around us. 

In many ways, the work of Vladimíra Klumpar, the only artist born earlier than the 1970s, foreshadows and precedes the thematic and aesthetic approach of these two groups. Her work, stemming from the infinite possibilities of the natural world, is a synthesis of the two directions and connects them in a thematic vocabulary often used by the younger generation of artists. Klumpar’s more recent work, such as Smoke (2018), combine the two different aesthetics to connect the geometry of shapes  which compose a narrative teeming with the natural phenomena around us.

In the Metaphors of Nature exhibition, Galerie Kuzebauch explores these different, yet connected approaches to glass art in an attempt to find a common rationale behind such a powerful inclination towardsthe natural world and the use of aesthetics inspired by nature in an otherwise highly technical artistic field. The exhibition, highlighting the intertwined relationship between the two distinct positions in glassmaking, shows that the relationship between glass art and the natural world is crucial and fundamental, now even more than ever.

Cover image: Milan Krajíček, New Dimension III, detail, 2018. Photo by Ondřej Kocourek



The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design

27 February – 1 March 2020

Opening times
Thu 27 Feb - 11.00-17.00
Private View Thu 27 Feb - 18.00-21.00
Fri 28 Feb - 11.00-18.00
Sat 29 Feb - 11.00-18.00
Sun 1 Mar - 11.00-18.00

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

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Galerie Kuzebauch was established in 2012 in Prague and focuses on the presentation of exceptional examplesof studio artwork made by artists, designers and craftsmen. The gallery facilitates those creators to gainrecognition across disciplines and continents, with contemporary art glass playing the main role.

Collect London organized by Crafts Council is one of the most prominent shows of applied art, withover thirty galleries and 400 artists selected each year by an independent expert committee.




Anna Polanská, Honey with White, 2006 / Photo © Jiří Jiroutek

Klára Horáčková, Evolution Space I, detail, 2018. Photo by Tomáš Slavík

Petr Stanický, The Well, 2020. Photo by Petr Stanický

Vladimíra Klumpar, Provoked, 2020. Photo by the author



Somerset House, London


From: 27 Feb 2020
To: 1 Mar 2020


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