Applied Art and Design

CLOSING OF THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION APPLIED ART AND DESIGN FOR RENOVATION OF THE MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS AND PREPARATION OF A NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION: JUNE 30, 2017.

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts (Husova 14, Brno)

Curators: Curator team of curators under the direction of Kaliopi Chamonikola. Opening 15/12/2001

Voluntary admission fee

The Museum of Applied Arts of the Moravian Gallery in Brno is a place where history meets contemporary practice. A place preserving cultural memory and, at the same time, a space providing orientation in the often contradictory events of today.

The exhibition, situated on the third floor, presents the most significant works of arts and crafts from the Moravian Gallery's collection. Its broad perspective reaches from the Middle Ages up to the first half of the 20th century. A chronological view of successive historical epochs shows the development and stylistic transformations of various areas - furniture, textiles, glass, ceramics, china, precious and base metals - using both outstanding individual items as well as important sets of pieces. The wide international scope, characteristic of the historical collection, is replaced with a focus on the local production, including that of neighbouring regions, in the twentieth century collection. The incorporation of paintings in the thematic sets and focus on enjambments from applied to free creation constitute specific features of this exhibition.

The first hall is the core of the exhibition and, at the same time, an information centre equipped with the Microgallery - an interactive programme providing information on the Gallery, its collections, authors, techniques and styles. The selection of items in the exhibition rooms conforms to topics characterising different style periods.

Style Periods:
A Reflection of Eternity (Middle Ages)
The Apotheosis of Beauty (Renaissance)
An Eruption of Shape (Baroque, Rococo)
Order as Ideal (Classicism, Empire, Biedermeier)
The Phenomenon of the Return (Second Rococo, Historicism)
Ornamentation as Form (Art nouveau - Jugendstil - Secession)

DESIGN.LIVE!
"Space for Design" brings topical 21 st century trends in Czech design into the permanent exhibition of applied arts. Outstanding artists, exceptional artworks and original projects are introduced in a quarterly cycle of presentations. The project invites a comparison between arts and crafts and modern design, seeks connections and sources of inspiration, as well as form and historical relations. It opens new possibilities of viewing contemporary design, and creates a platform for collaboration between designers and the Moravian Gallery in Brno. 

Milan Pekař: Vases

December 9, 2016 - April 4, 2017

Unique porcelain vases by Milan Pekař, captivating at first sight for their glazing, are the outcome of many years of studying specialised literature, a deep interest in chemistry and, most of all, endless hours dedicated to testing. The artist takes advantage of the properties of silver and other precious stones, as well as components conducive to crystallisation, and by tiny modifications of their composition achieves distinctive results. During controlled cooling in the furnace crystals of zinc and other compounds begin to grow under particular conditions. Although the final result can be partly influenced by the firing temperature and the cooling method, each glazing is unique and unrepeatable. Their clear and shining colours are achieved by a combination of the colourful palette of metal oxides contrasting with the sparseness of shapes with differing proportions based on simple mathematical ratios. Milan Pekař was nominated in the Designer of the Year category for a collection of his crystalline vases in the Czech Grand Design 2014 competition.

 DESIGN.LIVE! Milan Pekař: Vázy

 











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