Contrary to most other Czech glass artists Jan Fišar completed a classic sculptural education; this can still be clearly seen in his glass objects. A part of his objects consisted of complicated compositions of slumped, sunken and cut hollow glass, a technique being unique in the world. The uncommitted design of his “baroque” glass sculptures convinced through the instancy of the expression and the originality of the dynamics. With his work he expressed on one hand philosophical messages and on the other hand he solved with them unique technological problems.



Jan Fišar


Personal Data:
born 1933 in Hořovice deceased 2010 in Nový Bor – Czech Republic

Education and Activities:

1948–52 Housing Industry College (woodcarving) after Secondary School of Decorative Arts, Prague
1952–52 Film Studios Barrandov, Prague (stucco modeller)
1953–59 Academy of Applied Arts, Prague (Studio for sculpture, Prof. Wágner and Prof. J. Kavan)
1960–66 freelance sculptor (stone and wood)
1966–71 Glass creator at the Glassworks, Železný Brod
1971 – 2010 freelance glass artist

Solo Exhibitions:
1960 Slanê (CZ), House of Culture
1990 Essen (G), Essener Glasgalerie: Jan Fišar (catalogue)
1991 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld: New Glass by Jan Fišar,
Novê Bor (CZ), Glass Museum: Jan Fišar
1992 Hannover (G), Invetro Galerie: Jan Fišar
Seevetal (G) Glasgalerie Hittfeld: Jan Fišar “Shells”
1993 Immenhausen (G), Glasmuseum: Contrasts – J. Fišar
(Glass) Ellen Fuhr (Paintings)
Drachselsried (G), Galerie Herrmann: Jan Fišar
Stockholm (S), Galleri Glas I: Jan Fišar
1994 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld: Jan Fišar – New Glass
1995 Naarden (NL), Galerie Groll: Jan Fišar – Glass Sculptures
1996 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld: Sculptors – Jan Fišar
(Glass) Jirˇí Beránek (Wood)
1996/97 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – 30 Years Working with Glass
1997 Taipei (Taiwan), New Workshop International
Glass Gallery: Czech Glass Artist Jan Fišar (catalogue)
1998 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – Recent Works
1999 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – Recent Works from 1999
2000 Novê Bor (CZ), Exhibition Room:
Jan Fišar – (presentation through Glasgalerie Hittfeld)
Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – Recent Works from 2000
2001 Osaka (JP), Gallery Enomoto: Jan Fišar
Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – Objects 1988–2001
2002 Novê Bor (CZ) Glasmuseum Novê Bor.
Jan Fišar – Objects 1992–2002
2003 Berlin (G), Czech Centre (org. Glasgalerie Hittfeld):
Jan Fišar – Span Width, Objects 1992–2002, Part I
Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld:
Jan Fišar – Span Width, Objects 1992–2002, Part II
2004 Seevetal (G), Glasgalerie Hittfeld: 70 Years Jan Fišar

Jan Fišar


Public Collections:

Museum for Design and Applied Contemporary Art, Lausanne (CH)
Art Museum, Düsseldorf (G)
National Museum, Wroclav (PL)
Ulster Museum, Belfast (IR)
Arts and Crafts Museum, Prague (CZ)
Glass and Bijouterie Museum, Jablonec n. N. (CZ)
Northern Bohemian Museum, Liberec (CZ)
Moravian Gallery, Brno (CZ)
Museum Zˇďár nad Sázavou (CZ)
Eastern Bohemian Museum, Hradec Králové (CZ)
Museum Bellerive, Zurich (CH)
Czech Embassy, Stockholm (S)
Castle Lemberk, Lemberk (CZ)
Glass Museum, Immenhausen (G)
Arts and Crafts Museum, Hamburg (G)
Glass Museum, Ebeltoft (DK)
Art Collection of Veste Coburg, Coburg (G)
Glass Museum, Rheinbach (G)
College of Art, Kanazawa (JP)
Notojima Glass Art Museum, Notojima (JP)
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Kamo-mura, Shizuoka (JP)
Glass Museum, Novê Bor (CZ)
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning (USA)
Ernsting Foundation, Glass Museum, Coesfeld (G)
Museum of Modern Art, Mittelhof (G)
Glass Museum, Frauenau (G)
National Gallery, Prague (CZ)
Eastern Bohemian Museum, Pardubice (CZ)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (JP)
Toyama Museum, Toyama (JP)

Awards:
1990 The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa (JP), Silver Prize
1992 Kristallnacht Competition (USA), Silver Prize
1995 The International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa (JP), Honourable Mention

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