The Symposium will be open until October 14 and will take place at the Lviv National Academy of Arts. “The geography of this year’s symposium is very diverse,” Andrii Bokotei, Rector of the Academy of Arts, foundaer and permanent chairman of the Symposium Organizing Committee, told The Day. According to Bokotei, artists and art critics from the United States, China, Mexico, Belgium, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Luxemburng, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, and Ukraine, who work with blown glass and design will participate in the event.
In 24 years of this super-international event the most famous glass masters from around the world have been coming to Lviv, including Marvin Lipofski, Jiri Suhajek, Michael Rogers, Yan Zoritchak, Boris Fedorov, Fidail Ibragimov, and Josh Simpson. According to Professor Bokotei, it is important that regular participants of Lviv symposia attended the event this year again. For example, the world-famous Jiri Suhajek, Valeria Florescano, Fidail Ibragimov, Boris Fedorov, and Remigijus Kriukas. Bokotei also told that the Academy is happy to welcome the first classic of glass blowing Edward Leibovitz from Belgium. “He is an artist of a very high level,” said Bokotei and added: “Textbook art figures are coming to Lviv and I am very happy that our students will be able to see the work of artist of such high class at the furnaces.”
The program of the Symposium, as always, includes presentation and lectures for students, workshops, exhibitions, and other cultural events. In particular, an exhibition of works by world-renowned master Remigijus Kriukas from Panevezys County, Lithuania will take place at the Bandinelli Palace.
The final event of the Symposium will be the exhibition at theAndrii Sheptytsky National Museum on Svobody Avenue, 20, where the newly made works of glass art will be presented. Following the tradition, every artist that participates in Lviv Symposium presents one of his works to the city to replenish the funds of the Museum of Glass, located in Bandinelli Palace. The collection of the museum now consists of more than 350 unique exhibits. By the way, you can see the museum exposition on The Day’s web site “Ukraine Incognita” (incognita.day.kiev.ua).
Masters of blown glass produce art glass by special technology, manually, directly at the glass furnace while the glass is hot. The historical roots of the art glass reach the 3rd and 4th century BC.