Velare Lucem

The exhibition marks the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Stained Glass Workshop and Museum and inaugurates a new, expanded exhibition space. The exhibition covers the work of Piotr Ostrowski from 2011-2022.


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There is no state devoid of light; the lack of light would entail non-existence. Pure darkness does not exist as such, by itself. Light is always present, it never wanes; if we experience darkness, it is only because something covers – velare –the light – lucem.

In his works, Ostrowski experiments with combining various sources of light with glass, the main material of his pieces.



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We experience light when it is reflected from items or, if they are transparent, penetrates through them. Looking directly at pure light – it dazzles us. We must block the view somehow – to be able to look at light, we have to provide the eye with a mask. This mask may be glass.

However, light is always a pretext.



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In his works, Ostrowski experiments with combining various sources of light with glass, the main material of his pieces. In these artworks, he combines the modern, structural properties of the material with the oldest – Medieval – techniques of glass dyeing and patination. Thanks to firing the manually applied layers of paint in a temperature close to the melting point of glass, their durability is eternal.



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The diversified sources of light – led panels, halogen and soda bulbs, projector filament lamps which, transmitting the animation, also become sources of light, sometimes illuminate an object, and at other times are raised to the rank of a narrative entity of the object, like in the lux et umbra artwork. However, light is always a pretext.



Opening hours

The Stained Glass Museum is open for visitors from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Closed: Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Tickets can be purchased via the on-line booking system or at the museum box office. Come and try!

Guided tours

Visiting the museum is possible only with a guide and starts with at least 2 people. Duration: 45 minutes. Visiting hours in Polish: 12:30, 15:30. In Ukrainian: 13:30. Visiting hours in English: 12:00 noon, 3:00 pm. Organised groups (min. 10 participants) are invited to call or e-mail us to book the tour also at other hours.

Contact

Stained Glass Workshop and Museum, al. Zygmunta Krasińskiego 23, 31-111 Kraków, tel.: +48 512 937 979, info@muzeumwitrazu.pl

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