STARTING FROM 29 April 2010
Frozen-in Tension
Contemporary Glass, Photography

Tension and relaxation, strain and rest – the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung in Munich dedicates this year’s exhibition to this complex of themes. Under the title Frozen-in Tension glass sculptures by significant international artists as well as works by the German photographer Jessica Backhaus will be on view. The title of the exhibition – a technical term from the area of heat treatment – is multilayered: It addresses the subject as well as the material of the works. The sculptures made of hot liquid glass, now cold and solidified, seem at first glance to rest in themselves. After looking at them longer or more closely, viewers observe that the state of rest, harmony, and calm turns into subtle anticipation, distraught anxiety, or an explosive emotional force.

Frozen-in Tension relates the different positions of various artists to one another. It shows how diversely the states of tension and rest can be made tangible. The specific selection of exhibits lets viewers experience the dialectic of tension and rest – regardless of the actual themes of the works.

Two significant sculptures of cast glass by the great Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová are the conceptual starting point of the exhibition. They gave sculpture a new dimension and are thus considered the most important artists of the twentieth century in connection with the material glass. Beginning with their works, the exhibition at the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung shows three generations of artists: From personalities such as Tessa Clegg, Bohumil Eliás, Ales Vasicek, Janusz Walentynowichz, and Ann Wolff to the middle generation – represented by such artists as Josepha Gasch-Muche, Katherine Coleman, and Udo Zembokk – to the works of younger artists. The latter include Jessica Loughlin, Masayo Oda, Wilken Skurk and students with their new, very promising approaches. The exhibition shows new discoveries in the glass scene as well as individual installations by Bruna Esposito from Italy and Sunny Wang from Hong Kong.

The photographs by Jessica Backhaus show the theme treated in a different medium and thus enter into a surprising dialogue with the glass sculptures. The poetic and sometimes melancholy photographs by Backhaus radiate tension and restfulness in their own way

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