Václav Cigler

Václav Cigler

Born April 21 1929, Vsetín
Lived in Prague

"Václav Cigler is an internationally acclaimed artist who uses glass. He has worked with glass, in particular optical glass, since the late 1950's and he was the first artist in the world to realize the great potential this remarkable material has for artistic purposes. One of the main themes of his works was the natural environment and the human imprint on it. From 1959 he designed landscape projects based on the private "self" and defined phenomenologically through the senses. He created spherical objects, light columns, water bodies, geometrical flowers, and gardens of reason as spherical spaces or shapes, as models, and in the form of spatial contemplations of the landscape. In his works, Cigler also dealt with plastic objects made of cut optical glass, and he created designs and implementations of illuminants and jewellery, drawings, spatial objects, and architectural compositions. He dealt with light and sacral architecture. As an artist and teacher Václav Cigler greatly influenced the thoughts and works of several generations of artists."
(Jana Šindelová)

„I make glass without artistic ambitions but as a means of viewing and watching. I create non-technical devices which magnify, shrink, reflect, and decompose the light and colours of the surrounding environment.
I make diaphragms which filter the ambient world and transfer it to new chromacity and mophology. I offer a confrontation between the transformed reality and the original, undistorted reality.
Glass is an exciting material. It is material as much as it is immaterial. It is real as much as it is unreal. It is as independent as it is transcendent and, in a way, challenging to our sensory experience. Glass is probably the only material which can be continuously technologically developed and adapted for the implementation of the most fantastic notions and intentions. Glass has a human nature and fate.“
(Václav Cigler)

object, installation, land art, jewelery, glassmaking, graphics, drawing, architecture, public art


Sklo (group exhibition, Prague)


Concretists´Club and Guests (group exhibition, )


Václav Cigler: Plastiky (solo exhibition, Prague)
The 1st Open Studio (group exhibition, Bratislava)


6. bienále užité grafiky Brno 1974 (group exhibition, Brno)


Art in Glass, Glass in Art (group exhibition, Washington, D.C.)


The Glass Object
The Glass Object (sculpture)


Artists Tribute to Jiří Chalupecký (group exhibition, Prague)


Grey Brick 78/1991 (group exhibition, Opava)
V dimenzích prázdna (group exhibition, )


Souvztažnosti, Skleněná plastika a vitráže 1992 (group exhibition, Brno)
Situace 92 (group exhibition, Prague)
Czech Fine Art 1960-1990 (group exhibition, Prague)


Užité umění 60. let (group exhibition, Brno)
Václav Cigler: Sklo v rajské zahrádce (solo exhibition, )
Václav Cigler: Sklo - projekty - kresby (solo exhibition, Hranice na Moravě)
Václav Cigler: Kresby a objekty (solo exhibition, Hranice na Moravě)
Art when Time Stood Still. Czech Art Scene 1969-1985 (group exhibition, Prague)


Sbírka Galerie Benedikta Rejta (group exhibition, Louny)


Alfa 2000 omega (group exhibition, )


Možná sdělení (group exhibition, Brno)
300 Years of Czech Decorative Art (group exhibition, Takasaki )
Stanislav Libenský a jeho škola (group exhibition, Prague)
Object - Object: Metamorphoses in Time (group exhibition, Prague)


Look Light (group exhibition, Prague)
Václav Cigler: Objekty (solo exhibition, Prague)
Václav Cigler: Kresby (solo exhibition, Olomouc)
3th Contemporary Art Fair (group exhibition, Prague)
Václav Cigler: Kresby a objekty (solo exhibition, Louny)
Proximate Distance: Czech Art between 1956 and 1972 from the Collections of the Olomouc Museum of Art (group exhibition, Székesfehérvár)


My Europe (group exhibition, Prague)
Biënnale Kijkduin 2009 (group exhibition, Den Haag)
Glas als sieraad (group exhibition, Schiedam)
Olomouc Central European Forum I. Czech | Czech Art from the Collections of the Olomouc Museum of Art (group exhibition, Olomouc)
Václav Cigler: Místa setkávání (solo exhibition, Prague)


New Sensitivity (group exhibition, Beijing)


1ar/t - 100 m2 pro umění (group exhibition, )
Doteky konstruktivismu (group exhibition, Prague)
Deep Attractiveness (group exhibition, )


Vše nejlepší! České sklářské umění (group exhibition, Prague)
From Tizian to Warhol / Olomouc Museum of Art 1951-2011 (group exhibition, Olomouc)
Hledání řádu (solo exhibition, Prague)


Václav Cigler: Here and Now (solo exhibition, Prague)


Cigler Motyčka – Akčytom Relgic (group exhibition, České Budějovice)
Václav Cigler – Michal Motyčka – Jindřich Zeithamml (group exhibition, Broumov)



Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2021