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16 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

Petr Stanický: Evocations

The V&A Museum shows two site-specific installations by Czech artist Petr Stanicky, as part of the London Design Festival 2017. Petr Stanicky (born 1975) is a classically trained sculptor who works predominantly in glass. His work is architectural in nature and is concerned with space, light, and reflection and the opportunities derived from the material he uses and the specific spaces for which he creates his works.

For Evocations, two site specific installations at the V&A, Stanicky took his inspiration from the complex and artificial architectural lobby-spaces outside to ceramics and glass galleries. These spaces, built in glass, steel and concrete, sit in between and connect different parts of the historic Museum buildings, and Stanicky’s works interact with and emphasise their complex nature and beauty.

Pylon is a highly reflective geometrical structure of steel and glass, incorporating three square, found triple-glazing units. Multiple reflections create illusionary structures which incorporate parts of the surrounding architecture.

Penetration is constructed from steel reinforcing mesh and found, industrial borosilicate glass tubes. The work invites the viewer to look through its structure at the monumental skyscape beyond. The work, and the surroundings with which it interacts, combine to create a partly illusionary world, which changes constantly with the beautiful September light which floods the space.

This is the first time that the work of Stanicky is on public show in London and Reino Liefkes, Head of Ceramics and Glass is extremely excited to host these two spectacular installations by one of Europe’s leading glass artists.

Evocations can be seen during the London design Festival from 16th until 24th September at the V&A Museum

Reino Liefkes
Senior Curator and Head of Ceramics and Glass
V&A Museum

“These works exist at a crossroads that lies between genuine shapes and forms, and those merely suggested by the sculptures’ imaginative illusory evocations. The mirroring effect of their glass surfaces; the juxtaposing of flat planes and dimensionality, stemming from a stratified mesh of metal; and the accompanying enigmatic walls of glass, draw the observer into a variegated world.” Petr Stanický

Reino Liefkes and Petr Stanický

Accompanying events:

Thursday 21 September 2017, 12.15 – 1.15pm
Meet at the LDF Desk, Grand Entrance
Free event
Join Petr Stanicky, ceramicist Milan Pekar, and design curator Adam Stech for a gallery talk about Czech ceramics and glass pushing the boundaries from the past and future. The talk will start at the V&A before moving on to visit a range of Czech projects presented nearby in the Brompton Design District.

Friday 22 September 2017, 12.15pm-12.45pm
Meet at the LDF Desk, Grand Entrance
Free event
Join Czech glassmaker Petr Stanický for an introduction to Evocations – a pair of new works created for the London Design Festival at the V&A, exploring the characteristics of residence in non-uniform spaces.

Part of London Design Festival at the V&A

About London Design Festival
Established in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans, London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.
London Design Festival has since earned the reputation as a key calendar moment of London’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, attracting the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to the capital, in a citywide celebration. 

About the V&A
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

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Victoria & Albert Museum, Lift O Landing, Level 6 & Lift O Landing, Level 4


From: 16 Sep 2017
To: 24 Sep 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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