Jan Fišar – My View of Life – Retrospective
Exhibition date: March 2015 – July 2015
We exclusively exhibit more than 50 of the last available objects of the exceptional Czech glass artist Jan Fišar on the occasion of the 25. anniversary of the city partnership Hamburg-Prague.
Jan Fišar grew up in Prague, where he studied sculpture under Prof. Wágner. In 1966, the prominent glass artists Professor Stanislav Libenský and his wife Jaroslava Brychtová offered Jan Fišar the chance to collaborate on their project for the 1967 World Exposition in Montreal. This is how he first encountered glass art, little suspecting that this material would determine his entire future. He created glass sculptures that stand completely independently for themselves and that cannot be classified into the current movements of glass art.
Works of the artist are owned by important national and international museums, e.g. the Corning Museum of Glass (USA), National Gallery, Prague (CZ), Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (JP), Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (D).
The exhibited objects from the creative periods between 1988 and 2009 provide a unique insight into the oeuvre of the artist who lived from 1933 till 2010. His manifold work is the reflection of strong emotional and philosophical contents. A part of his works consisted of complicated compositions of slumped, sunken and cut hollow glass, a technique being unique in the world. In one of his later themes he developed a method that allowed his objects to explicitly show traces of their creation and that engendered their visual tension by cut and raw surfaces.