Artist: Jaroslava Brychtova Stanislav Libensky

Cast glass
  • In 1950, Jaroslava Brychtová joined the design studio of the glassworks at Železný Brod, directing the architectural glass department. Working with her father, the sculptor Jaroslav Brychta, she began to experiment with casting, molding, and melting glass during the 1940s. In 1954, Stanislav Libenský joined Brychtová in Železný Brod, and together they developed and refined their unique mold-melting technique.

    With this technique, the two artists worked at translating abstract concepts into glass, such as their notion of the fourth dimension, which they create with light. Their artistic approach is influenced by early 20th-century Czech Cubism and metaphysical philosophy. Of all Czech artists working in glass, Libenský and Brychtová have been the most influential worldwide. The revolutionary nature of their work was first appreciated by American and European studio glass artists at Expo 67 in Montreal, where they exhibited several important large-scale sculptures. In the 1970s, when American artists were just beginning to realize the sculptural potential of glass, Czech artists like Libenský and Brychtová were already way ahead of them, but their work was not seen. It was not until the 1980s that their status as pioneers in the field of glass sculpture became internationally recognized.

  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    City Art Gallery, Manchester, England
    Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
    Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
    Krajske Muzeum vychodnich cech, Pardubice, Czech Republic
    Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Kunstmuseum, Tampere, Finland
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
    Moravska Galerie v Brne, Brno, Czech Republic
    Musée Château d’Annécy, France
    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
    Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyon, France
    Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Céramique, Rouen, France
    Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Valencia, Spain
    Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland
    Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
    Museum of Art, Belfast, England
    Museum voor Sierkunst en Industriele Vormgeving, Gent, Belgium
    Museum skla a bizuterie, Jablonec, nad Nisou, Czech Republic
    Narodni Galeri v Praze, Praha, Czech Republic
    National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
    National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Severoceske Muzeum v Liberci, Liberec, Czech Republic
    Suomen Lasimuseo/Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland
    The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
    Umeleckoprumyslove Muzeum, Praha, Czech Republic
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
    Yokohama City Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan

  • 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award, Glass Art Society, Seattle, Washington (conference held in Boston, Massachusetts)

    1993 Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Arts, London, England

    1985 Honorary prize, Zweiter Coburger Glaspreis

    1985 für moderne Glasgestaltung in Europa, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany

    1984 Rakow Award for Excellence in the Art of Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

    1981 Honorary prize, Glaskunst 81, Orangerie, Kassel, Germany

    1977 Honorary prize, Coburger Glaspreis

    1977 für Moderne Glasgestaltung in Europa, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany

    1975 Herder Prize, Universitat Wien, Vienna, Austria

    1968 Prague City Prize for the windows of Wenceslas Chapel

    1965 Gold medal, VIII, Biennal, Sao Paolo, Brazil

    1958 Grand Prize, Expo

    ’58, Bruxelles, Belgium

  • 1997 Boca Raton, Habatat Galleries, FL, “Stanislav Libensky – Jaroslava Brychtova”
    Liberec, Severoceské muzeum, “Stanislav Libensky – Jaroslava Brychtova. Vyber z dila.
    Skulptury a kresby.”
    Lausanne, Musee des arts decoratifs, “Artistes verriers contemporains Europe, Etats –
    Unis Collection du Musee des arts decoratifs”
    1996 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    1995 *”Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová: Paintings, Drawings and
    Sculpture, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
    1994 *”Dale Chihuly, Stanislav Libenský & Jaroslavá Brychtová,” Habatat Gallery, Boca Raton,
    *”S. Libenský and J. Brychtová: A 40-year Collaboration in Glass,” Corning Museum of
    Glass, Corning, NY
    1993 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    1990 Galerie Gottschalk-Beta, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    Retrospective Exhibition, Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland
    1989 Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
    1988 Habatat Gallery, Lathrop Village, MI
    Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    Clara Scremini, Paris, France (catalog)
    1986 Essener Glasgalerie, Essen, Germany
    1985 Mnichovo Hradiste, Czech Republic
    1984 Habatat Gallery, Lathrup Village, MI
    Kunstmuseum, Tampere, Finland
    1983 The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland
    1967 Galerie Form und Qualitat, Munich, Germany
    1966 Museu de Art Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1965 Bienalle Sao Paolo, Brazil
    1962 Galerie Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel, Prague
    1950 “Glass & Artists” Galerie Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel, Prague