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Opening Soon

Forbidden Art:
Illegal Works by Concentration Camp Prisoners

September 18 - December 23 (closes at noon)

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Featured Guest Speaker: Teresa Wontor-Cichy, Research Center at Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum, will begin at 2:15 p.m.

All guests should proceed to the 2nd floor of the Mardigian Library at 2:00 p.m. to hear the featured guest speaker before viewing the exhibition in the gallery.

Reception is free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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Figure of a prisoner carved in Auschwitz by an unknown artist
Figure of a prisoner carved in Auschwitz by an unknown artist

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Untitled, František Vizner (1936 - 2011), cast glass, n.d.
Gift of Robert Loeffler

This stunning, untitled, cast glass piece from the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s permanent art collection was created by František Vizner (1936 - 2011). Vizner, a world renowned, major Czech glass artist, was trained at the famous glassmaking schools in Nový Bor and Železný Brod before completing his studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. This work is a beautiful illustration of the artist’s passion for creating harmonious, geometric objects instilled with internal tension. His luminous art demonstrates elegance, simplicity, remarkable craftwork, and a deep admiration for the material. Vizner created his works on his own, without assistants, through a lengthy process of casting, sandblasting, acid-etching, and hand-polishing.

Vizner’s work is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This piece was generously donated to UM-Dearborn by Robert Loeffler.

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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