Jan Fišar – Weight of Time

Exhibition date: September 2020 – September 2021

To pay tribute to the legendary artist Jan Fišar (1933 – 2010): on the tenth anniversary of his death we are exhibiting the last available sculptures on our top floor. In this retrospective exhibition, you can see his first glass sculpture „Head“ from 1967 and his last work „Predator“ he created in 2010. 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.

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. 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).


Jan Fišar