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Stanislav Libensky
Jaroslava Brychtova
Crystal Column
74 x 28 x 28 in.

“Crystal Column” Corning Museum saw this body of work and commissioned the Libensky’s (l979-1980) to create the magnificent large scale installation at the entrance of the Museum. Only a handful of works from this era exist, this sculpture was created for a public location in Prague. This powerful sculpture is one of the earliest and most important sculptural works documenting the use of glass to create “Fine Art”.

Czech artists, Jaroslava Brychtova and Stanislav Libensky began cooperating together in l955 and were married in 1963. Libensky was the painter and educator and Brychtova 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’ 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.