A 2-day International Year of Glass opening event will take place at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and will also be streamed live online via UN WebTV.
Featuring 30 world-class speakers, talks will highlight the latest thinking on how glass can aid the development of more just and sustainable societies alongside the most recent scientific and technical breakthroughs. A welcome and presentations are on Thursday, February 10; presentations and a press conference will take place on Friday, February 11. Geneva is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the US.
Speakers from the glass art world include (Geneva time):
Thursday, Feb. 10:
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Director of the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany, speaking on Glass: A History of Meaning
11 - 11:30 a.m. - James Carpenter, Founder, James Carpenter Design Associates, speaking on Light in the Public Realm
2:50 - 3:20 p.m. - Andy McConnell, Andy McConnell is a journalist specializing in antique & vintage glassware, speaking on Making Glass Visible
Friday, Feb. 11
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. - Márcia Vilarigues, Professor, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa & Director Research Unit Glass and Ceramic for the Arts, Lisboa, speaking on Education in Glass Art and Science - challenges of transdisciplinarity
4 - 4:30 p.m. - Kimiake Higuchi, glass artist from Japan, speaking on the Nature of pâte de verre
Click here for the Opening Event Website
Contemporary Glass Sculpture in Geneva: During the opening event, IYOG attendees will have the opportunity to appreciate a selection of contemporary glass sculpture on display at the UN Palace and Geneva's Hotel Intercontinental. Curated by VERARTE and the 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. 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.