RONY PLESL. TREES GROW FROM THE SKY, GLI ALBERI CRESCONO DAL CIELO
April 23rd - November 27th
Rony Plesl. Trees Grows From The Sky - Gli Alberi Crescono Dal Cielo. An official collateral event of the 59th Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Lucie Drdova.
Artist on show: Rony Plesl
Location: Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione,
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Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays)
23 April – 25 September | 11am–7pm
27 September - 27 November | 10 am – 6 pm
Press preview: 21 April, 10 am – 4 pm
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The House of Art Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic is proud to announce Rony Plesl’s exhibition Trees Grow from the Sky, an official collateral event of the 59th La Biennale di Venezia, on view from April 23 - November 27, 2022.
Created by Czech artist and sculptor Rony Plesl, the site-specific installation will unveil four large-scale glass sculptures in the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione in the Dorsoduro district with views of the Giudecca Canal. They are developed using an unprecedented and unique glass casting technology, allowing the creation of grand glass sculptures without any limitations.
Curated by Lucie Drdova, Prague-based art historian, gallerist, and author, the exhibition coincides with the 2022 International Year of Glass as proclaimed by the United Nations – and thus presents a timely artistic and technological exploration of the material.
Plesl has been exploring the possibilities of the materiality of glass and glass sculpture for more than four decades. His sources of inspiration are deeply rooted in his fascination with geometry, the intimacy of the Italian Renaissance, and the architectural opulence of the Baroque. At the beginning of his career, he spent several formative years in Venice on the island of Murano, studying the material and learning the craft from Italian master glassmakers. In collaboration with glass professionals, he started to shift the perspective of glassmaking and its possibilities within contemporary art and his own body of work.
As an expansion of the master craftsmen that follow Czech Republic’s centuries-old traditional crystal production, hailing from the regions of Bohemia since the late 16th century, distinguished for the quality and beauty that has come to characterize its ateliers, and the techniques passed on by them, the Vitrum Vivum glassmaking technology further revolutionizes this craft. The unique process consists in casting glass as if it were bronze, giving the artist complete artistic freedom over the creative process that can begin with models made of paper, plaster or objects found in nature, which in the end become artefacts themselves. Developed over the last 12 years by Jiri Sin, Czech glass master and inventor, the Vitrum Vivum technology reveals a world of possibilities in the glassmaking field. Plesl’s Trees Grow from the Sky marks the world premiere of sculptures of this scale using this new groundbreaking full relief glass casting technology.