Husband-and-wife Czech glass artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová met in 1954, and together realized many collaborative works at the Železný Brod Glassworks in the Czech Republic. They spent their careers teaching and perfecting the art of mold-melting glass, creating sophisticated sculpture by controlling their material. Their influence on glass art has been both historic and profound, shaping the artistic paths of generations of Czech and other glass artists.
Relations, a monumental glass wall, measures 12.5 feet x 12.5 feet x 4 inches, and weighs approximately 6,600 pounds. The translucent wall is a classic Libenský design, featuring two intersecting elliptical forms, one concave and one convex, spanning ten cast glass panels. Standing near the entrance to the permanent collection, the sculpture is a tour de force in the Mint Museum of Craft + Design’s strong collection of Czech glass. Relations is the last major architectural piece by Libenský; he died in 2002 and Brychtová in 2011.
Gift of Lisa S. and Dudley B. Anderson. Special Thank You to Stanislav Libenský, Jaroslava Brychtová, Katya Kohoutova-Heller. Installation provided by: Lisa S. Anderson, Dudley B. Anderson, Rodgers Builders, Inc., DAVIS STEEL & IRON, and Holiday Inn Center City.
Accession Number: 2009.1a-j