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Stanislav Libensky
Jaroslava Brychtova
Red Pyramid
35 x 46 x 10.5 in.

“Red Pyramid” inspired by the GAS conference in Mexico City in 1992 this is one of the Libensky’s most powerful and sought after bodies of work. No sculpture from this series is more dramatic than the “Red Pyramid” the color changes from bright yellow to an intense red depending on the light and thickness of the glass.

The “Red Pyramid” was chosen as the image to promote Corning Museum’s special Exhibition “Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Bruchtova: A 40-Year Collaboration in Glass”, l994 and is still used on their website, look up Corning Museum of Glass Libensky Red Pyramid.

The “Red Pyramid” was also chosen to represent the Libensky’s on the first special edition wine label from the Chateau St Michelle winery in l991. (The wine company honored a significant artists each year working in glass with the “Libensky Award”, featuring images of their work on four wine labels”.)

Czech artists, Jaroslava Brychrova and Stanislav Libensky began cooperating together in l955 and were married in 1963. Libensky was the painter and educator and Brychrova was a sculptor with knowledge of factory casting. So strong was their partnership that after Stanislav’s death in 2003 no new work was created.

Libensky and Brychtova are brilliant artists whose work and artistic philosophy reflect the very essence of modern Czech Glass and the Contemporary Glass Movement. Benefiting from a strong formal art education Libensky and Brychtova saw beyond the craft based history of glass to envision new possibilities.

Remarkably during the trying years of communist occupation the Libensky’s received State support to enable them to create monumental works in glass.
To say that the Libensky’s created the first true “Fine Art” sculptures in glass is probably accurate! Who else created large scale sculptures as early as (58) Brussels World Fair, Expo 67 in Montreal and the “River of Life” in Oscala in l979 which was, 22 meters long, 4.5 meters high and consisted of 200 relief’s. Throughout the l970’s and 80’s this intense team completed a number of important monumental works including an impressive installation at the Corning Museum of Glass (1979-80). At the end of the communist regime the Libenskys’s created their own independent works and had their first exhibition in the US at Habatat Galleries in 1982. Their time spent as independent artists creating collectable non-installation work spanned only 21 years.