Jan Fišar: Retrospective 1966-1997

Duration of the exhibition: February – April 1997 – The Czech glass artist Jan Fisar presented in Glasgalerie Hittfeld his glass sculptures out of three centuries. This is a retrospective which is certainly impressive in the young glass movement. Since 1988 – the year when Glasgalerie Hittfeld was founded – Jan Fisar has been regularly represented with his objects here, and visitors and interested people were able to follow his artistical development in Glasgalerie Hittfeld during these eight years.


Originally this artist was a classical sculptor, who finished his studies at the Academy for Applied Arts in Prague under Prof. Wagner. In the subsequent years he worked exclusively with stone and wood until 1966.


In 1966 the Czech glass artists Prof. S. Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova began with the realization of the three monumental glass sculptures for the World Fair EXPO 67 in Montreal. They needed an experienced creator for the reinforcement of their realization team in the glassworks of Zelezny Brod. There was absolutely no doubt about Fisars capability in the field of the sculptural phases, as for example the preparation of the sculptural forms, moulding etc. This is why he joined the glassworks and worked there until 1971 as a free artist.


Although Jan Fisar mainly worked for the architecture from 1966 until 1980, he simultaneously created several interesting objects. Since 1980 he has exclusively dedicated himself to the creation of studio glass. “At the time of the socialism, there were only two organizations which had the monopoly to present the objects of an artist abroad. Therefore the artist didn’t have the slightest idea where his objects could be found or who had acquired them”, stated Jan Fisar in the video film “Another Bohemian Glass”.


This is also the explanation why the majority of the plastics exhibited in Glasgalerie Hittfeld date from the period after the political change. In spite of this, objects of Jan Fisars various creative periods are represented.

For example from his initial years 1966 to 1968 several objects of melted glass are exhibited which in no case can be described as “old”. The great variety of his interests becomes visible in his “cycles”. Principally this work is divided into two wide and totally different fields:

The sculptures, i.e. figured objects created out of slumped glass and their variations, and the optical works, werheby the artist concentrates on the interior of the object. This also includes his “baroque glass sculptures” as well as the presently finished theme of “shells” and the unique “mythical creatures”, which he created from 1987 to 1991 and whereby he combined glass with bronze. The always new variations of the so-called “stones”, which for years have shown a constant development, are part of the second field, together with the already abandoned theme of the “prisms”.


Due to the technology of the slumped, optical glass, a technique which the artist developed by himself, he has created objects being called “movement of the material” in the last few years, which establish the connection between these two fields. As hardly anyone else, Jan Fisar masters the technical refinements which he uses for the realization of his glass plastics. These refinements enable him to develop his sculptoral feeling and to fully concentrate on his message.

In a manifold way, his objects allow a look at his life and his experiences. His artistic conversion – even that of his negative experiences – ends, however, positively. Today works of the sixtythree year old artist can be seen in international musuems as well as in numerous private collections all over the world.

This unique exhibition – Jan Fisar – 30 years working with glass – which Eliska Stölting presents in her glass gallery, not only offers an amazing summary of the creations made by this artist, but it also fully appreciates him through his ojects as an “individual”.