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Eryka and Jan Drost. Polish Designs Polish Designers

exhibition

Eryka and Jan Drost. Polish Designs Polish Designers

opening hours

4.07.2021–9.01.2022

place

Muzeum Miasta Gdyni
Zawiszy Czarnego 1

entrance

ticket admission, according to the museum's price list.

About:

For the eighth edition of Polish Designs Polish Designers at the Gdynia City Museum we present the work of some outstanding designers—Eryka and Jan Drost.

The exhibition will be highlighting one of the most interesting duos in the post-war history of glass design. We will be displaying mass-produced and one-of-a-kind glass in an engaging fashion, and showing its place in the history of Polish design and the groundbreaking technology of pressed glass. We will take visitors on an instructive and sentimental journey, raising awareness of how widespread good design is in Polish homes and its value for collectors.

The aim of the exhibition is to show how the Drosts’ innovative design work made modern and expressive household dishes out of pressed glass. Many years after the furnaces at Ząbkowice have gone out, the glass designed by Eryka and Jan Drost is still used in Polish homes, and is seeing a renaissance in auctions and collectors’ circles, often commanding extravagant prices. Based on three resources, the National Museum in Wrocław collections and two private collections, we will try to grasp the fleeting moment when the household object is promoted to become a museum piece and a desirable collector’s item.

The exhibition will also feature multimedia components, such as a film about the designers and a Polish/English catalogue.

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authors of exhibition

Barbara Banaś

Barbara Banaś

A PhD in art history and is a diploma-bearing curator of the National Museum in Wrocław, running the Ceramics and Contemporary Glass Department.She has spent over twenty years researching the history of Polish industrial design and artistic crafts. She has participated in many pioneering projects, such as co-creating the Common Wealth: Polish Products 1899–1999 exhibition (Warsaw, Krakow) in...

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Marta Borowska-Tryczak

Marta Borowska-Tryczak

Art historian whose research interests focus on twentieth-century art issues, artists’ lives, the socio-political circumstances of art and the reception of exhibitions.She has written works on pre-war exhibition design. She is preparing a PhD thesis on exhibitions of foreign art in the inter-war period.

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Anna Śliwa

Anna Śliwa

Art history PhD and literary scholar, and a diploma-carrying curator. She has finished post-diploma cultural management studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. She has run the Art Department of the Gdynia City Museum since 2014.She has curated and co-created numerous exhibitions tied to Pomeranian art, textile miniatures, design and architecture. An exhibition she co-curated, Glass, Metal, Deta...

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