AN EXHIBITION called Na zdravie! Na dizajn! (Cheers! To design!) at the Slovak National Gallery (SNG) in Bratislava presents 120 years of glassworks made in the Slovak town of Lednické Rovne in Trenčín Region. Glass from Lednické Rovne is renowned throughout the world for its combination of artistry and quality production, the TASR newswire wrote.
“The exhibition shows, for the first time as an exposition, a set of historical books of patterns from the end of the 19th century and offers catalogues from the first half of the 20th century. The overview of the glassmakers’ designs is completed by a selection of designer works by authors who have cooperated with the glassworks in the second half of the 20th century,” Karmen Koutná of the SNG told TASR.
The RONA glassworks was founded in 1892 by Josef Schreiber, who owned a relatively large distribution company for glass products and lived in Vienna.
The factory initially produced sheet and pressed glass but its types of products changed quite often, from technical and laboratory glass, to light bulbs, baby bottles, and other useful items. At the beginning of the 20th century, RONA acquired an international reputation for beautiful, high-quality beverage glasses, TASR wrote.
This glassworks was one of only a few in Slovakia which closely cooperated with visual artists such as Karol Hološko, Jaroslav Taraba, Dagmar Kudrová, Ladislav Pagáč, Jozef Kolembus, Patrik Illo, Mária Berkyová-Račeková, and Peter Šipoš – all of whom contributed greatly to the fame of glass products made in Lednické Rovne.
Alongside machine production, the glassworks focused on handcrafted glass throughout its history, according to the accompanying text to the exhibition. The exhibition at the gallery is the third of its kind and is called simply RONA – History.
The curators of the exhibition are Dagmar Poláčková and Vladimíra Buengerová who aptly show the 120-year history of the design and production of glass and glassware in the town.
The exhibition at is at the SNG’s Water Barracks building at Rázusovo nábrežie 2 and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00 (on Thursdays from 12:00 to 20:00) until May 20. More details about the exhibition are available from the SNG's website: www.sng.sk/en.