The Collection at the heart of the Château
THE GLASS GALLERY installed directly in the Château represents new, innovative positioning, which might come as a surprise to the art enthusiasts and visitors of the gallery. Cold, mostly minimalistic modern galleries have been swapped for a lavish room between the thick castle walls. There are tens of breath taking art pieces from contemporary artists, but also pieces from some of the most significant artists, when it comes to glass. The Gallery is unexpectedly situated in spaces overloaded with history, but it strikes a masterful impression, that it belongs there. The history of our ancestors ingeniously marries the present, modern art and peaks in perfect symbiosis of experiences. You will be surprised by an almost alive statue of Messerschmidt, made by Martin Janecký, or the universe evoking objects made from optic glass by Ján Zoričák, placed next to a two hundred and fifty years old silk tapestry capturing a live scene from the roman antiquity…
Diversity of shapes, techniques and authors
Some of the most resonant contemporary artist names, which from the larger part figurate in the local Château galleries are from Slovakia and its neighbouring country Czech Republic: Palo Macho, Lukáš Mjartan, Miloš Balgavý, as well as Martin Janecký, Štepán Pala together with international artists Dale Chihuly, Latchezar Boyadjiev and the duo Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg. Artistic artefacts from glass of various shapes, colours and sizes, diverse original techniques and processes can be found at the gallery. They are a beautiful illustration of how far the skill and imagination of contemporary glass-blowers can wander. It is a combination of old techniques enriched with new ideas. That defines the art work of Vladimír Klein, created amongst other tools with a chainsaw, or the interesting structured surface of the glass vases in the shape of a falling napkin from an American artist Toots Zynsky, or an innovative technique ,,inside sculpting“ by Martin Janecký, which leaves not a scar on his realistic sculptures, blowing life into individual faces and figures. Expressive explosions of the colour palette in artwork designed by Dale Chihuly are next to the monumental torsos of graceful shapes by Latchezar Boyadjiev, or the colourful vases from the very motherland of glass art, Italian island Murano, from the likes of: Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi or Adriano Dalla Valentina. Her place in the collections has also been earned by the first lady of Slovak contemporary glass-blowing, Zora Palová. She attracts the interest of the visitors with her never-ending thought process blown into life through the colour palette of the water element, which she melts into dimensional sculptures from melted glass.
A little more than a century later the testament of the last owner of the Château from the Pálffy family, Ján, who wished to instil into people their own passion for beauty, art and collecting, is fulfilled in THE GLASS GALLERY.
Visit link to find out more about the glass gallery, artists and more…: www.galeriaskla.sk