Fragile Reality

Israeli artists create in glass

This exhibition has been an attempt to review for the first time the contemporary glass art scene in Israel and presented the works of 62 Israeli artists.

Traditionally, glass was designed to serve practical purposes. In the 1960s practicality ceased to be the main purpose, and the emphasis shifted to the abstract or sculptural force embodied in glass. This development was late in coming to Israel. Local artists refrained from dealing with this misleading and complex material, and in addition, glass artists had limited exposure.
Nowadays the situation has changed considerably. A university program in Glass Design opened in the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 1997, various courses offer technical training, glass studios and galleries have opened - all these mark considerable development in the field in recent years.

Ranging  from minute to monumental, from utilitarian to decorative objects, from design-oriented items to architectural installations, from sculpture to conceptual installation the exhibits display almost all the known glassmaking and glass decorative techniques: "hot glass" processes such as glassblowing, fusing, layering glass surfaces, use of metallic inclusions, etc. Among the works exhibited, are some which combine seemingly contradictory materials, such as stone, metal, ceramics, wood, fabric, acrylic, rubber and paper, unusual usage, readymade or biological items (such as animal bones), etc.


Curator: Henrietta Eliezer Brunner
September 20, 2007 - May 3, 2008