During the Opening Ceremony , IYOG attendees will have the opportunity to appreciate a selection of contemporary glass sculptures, on display at the UN Palace and the Hotel Intercontinental.
Curated by VERARTE and Permanent Mission of Slovakia, the exhibition will showcase works by Jan Zoritchak alongside Swiss-based glass artists Françoise Bolli, Hannes Bürgler, Fiona Byrne, Karola Dischinger, Kathrin Armbruster Seid, École suisse de vitrail et création, Caroline Ferrara, Sabine Gysin, Priska Jacobs, Ursula Knoblauch, Bernd Kniel, Justine McLaren, Bruna Olivet-Ara, Erna Sowersby-Piechna, Christoph Stooss, Helena Tapajnova, and Monika Waechter.
Yan Zoritchak (Slovakia, 1944) invites the viewer to an odyssey into space and time, in search of the origin of life and the place of man in the universe. His artworks “Echoes of the Universe” create fascinating microcosms and seem to imprison a piece of the cosmos inside. Glass makes it possible to materialize space and emptiness.
Founded in 1990, Verarte is committed to providing an environment for Swiss glass artists to share, collaborate and exhibit their work. This exhibition represents a broad cross – section of Switzerland’s glass art practictioners, and highlights the diversity of work by established and emerging artists. With over 40 active members, Verarte strives to develop and grow a community of glass artists as they adapt and perfect techniques to match their needs in the field of contemporary art, architecture and design.