Heart/Red Flower

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Object Name: 
Heart/Red Flower
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 120 cm
Not on Display
designed in 1973
made in 1976
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artists
Web Description: 
Someone once said, “Science is a ladder which you can climb rung by rung, but art has wings.”—Stanislav Libenský The internationally acclaimed artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová have pioneered, explored, developed, and defined cast glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. Heart/Red Flower was created for the Czech embassy in New Delhi, India. The New Delhi project, completed in 1974, included seven glass sculptures in addition to molded glass skylights. Libenský and Brychtová’s sculptures are cast in a technique called mold melting, in which chunks of glass are allowed to soften and melt into molds inside a large kiln. After the firing is complete, the sculpture is gradually cooled and then intensively cut, ground, and polished. The internal veiling in this sculpture is a result of the casting process.
Libensky, Stanislav (Czech, 1921-2002), Source
Brychtova, Jaroslava (Czech, 1924-2020), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Heart/Red Flower." Red glass, aluminum; mold-melted, cut, ground, polished.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Corning Museum of Glass 2002-05-16 through 2002-10-21
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 2003-02-28 through 2003-09-28
Corning Incorporated Gallery
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Czechoslovakian Glass 1350-1980
Corning Museum of Glass 1981-05-02 through 1981-11-01
Six centuries of objects from five Czechoslovakian museums and more than 20 contemporary Czech glass artists. From the geographic region of Czechoslovakia known as Bohemia, came (and continues to come) a dazzling sequence of decorative designs and techniques for the embellishment of glass. The history of the Czechoslovakian artist is not simply a catalog of applied decorative techniques, but a sequential array of innovations and improvements that have often set the standard for the rest of the world.
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 45, fig. 51; BIB# 107146
Jurors' Choice (2007) illustrated, p. 82; BIB# AI75161
Rhinestone Cowboys (1997) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# AI99109
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 220-221, pl. 103; BIB# 33819
New Glass Review, 6 (1985) illustrated, pp. 40-41, #114;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 24 (1982) illustrated, p. 109, #66; BIB# AI9252
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1981 (1982) illustrated, pp. 2, 4; BIB# AI97141
Czechoslovakian Glass: 1350-1980 (Exhibition) (1981) illustrated, pp. 120, 161, #118; BIB# 30316