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Why Glass? Because it’s mind-blowing art

Shanghai Daily   26 Apr 2017

“Inward Thoughtfulness” by Loretta Yang is on display alongside a dozen of works of world renowned glass artists at the Liuli China Museum in Shanghai. — Wang Rongjiang

THE China Liuli Museum on downtown Shanghai’s Taikang Road is a strikingly creative place dedicated to contemporary glass artwork.
On show for the next five months is a collection of representative works from 16 internationally renowned contemporary glass art masters, such as French artist Antoine Leperlier and Chinese art couple Chang Yi and Loretta Yang.
Dubbed “the father of Asia’s glass movement,” Chang has long been praised for leading traditional Chinese artistic handicraft in a new direction. His designs are led by a contemporary feel, but heritage and tradition are at the heart of all that he makes.
Glass was previously regarded as an industrial material. But artists kept experimenting.
Themed on “Why Glass,” the works displayed at the Liuli China Musuem try to look at the glass as an artistic medium that “possesses the ability to declare our thoughts and emotions on life.”
Alongside the contemporary pieces, also on exhibit are several antique glassworks by early 20th-century French artists, such as Emile Galle, Almaric Walterand and Francois Decorchemont — pioneers of the glass-casting technique.
Decorchemont, who specialized in glass paste techniques and stained glass art, is admired for his skilled craftsmanship and imaginative creations that are best known for their aesthetic beauty.
Date: Daily, 10am-5pm
Venue: Liuli China Museum
Address: 25 Taikang Rd