opening | PDPD: Eryka and Jan Drost
Zawiszy Czarnego 1
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.
Gdynia City Museum is the organizer of the exhibition.
Co-organizer of the exhibition is the National Museum in Wrocław.