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UMPRUM Glass Studio Presents Manifesto

Continuing its recent success in Milan, the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) was represented by its Studio of Glass — one of 23 studios at the Academy. Led by Roni Plesl...
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Text by Ray Hu

Continuing its recent success in Milan, the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) was represented by its Studio of Glass — one of 23 studios at the Academy. Led by Roni Plesl for seven years now, the department presented “Manifesto“, interpreted both as declaration and critique. Similarly, the exhibition is intended both to express the methods and principles of the studio itself — namely, to challenge expectations and push boundaries — while also showcasing the students’ individual talent.

The presentation from 12–17 April marked the latest edition of the exhibition that debuted at Prague’s Gallery ZIBA and the Museum of Decorative Arts at Pillnitz Castle, near Dresden. Realized in collaboration with creative group Okolo, Manifesto included new work from the winter semester alongside previously shown works from the participating designers: Lukáš Novák, Lukáš Houdek, Dominika Petrtýlová, Jakub Petr, Sebastian Kitzberger, Eduard Seibert, Kateřina Handlová, Eliška Motlová, Barbora Štefánková, Lenka Husárková, Eliška Monsportová, Kristýna Venturová, and Petra Tomišová. Plesl served as Artistic Director, supported by assistants Klára Horáčková and Marcel Mochal, while Okolo’s Adam Štěch curated the show.

Installation view of Manifesto at Atelier Clerici
Installation view of Manifesto at Atelier Clerici
Installation view of Manifesto at Atelier Clerici
Installation view of Manifesto at Atelier Clerici
"Soluble Lifes" by Lenka Husarkova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
"Soluble Lifes" by Lenka Husarkova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
"Ova" by Sebastian Kitzberger
"Ova" by Sebastian Kitzberger
Kombucha Set by Barbora Stefankova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Kombucha Set by Barbora Stefankova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Tibi set by Barbora Stefankova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Tibi set by Barbora Stefankova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Dominika Petrtylova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Dominika Petrtylova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Eduard Seibert (photo by Filip Gyore)
Eduard Seibert (photo by Filip Gyore)
"Harness" by Katerina Handlova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
"Harness" by Katerina Handlova (photo by Anna Pleslova)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
Installation view of Manifesto at Pillnitz Castle (photo by Hynek Alt)
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