Gallery in the Lanes is hosting the first significant solo exhibition in the UK by internationally renowned Swedish art glass designer Kjell Engman. The exhibition runs from 18 May to 28 June 2019.
Now in his 73rd year and something of a legendary figure within the Swedish glass industry, it’s hard to believe that Engman has never had a solo show in the UK before. He has designed for Kosta Boda, one of the world’s leading brands of glassware and art glass, since 1978, his work is avidly collected by fans around the world and he has an established reputation within the UK art glass market.
The exhibition will feature around thirty art works including new pieces made especially for the show. Engman will be making a rare trip outside his homeland to come to Norwich for the exhibition set up and preview.
Engman’s style is distinctive, bold, bright and colourful, ranging from the playful to the delicate to the sensuous. Figurative, fantastical and frequently witty, the stunning blown glass art works reflect his love of music and the natural world. He’s also known for his trophy designs, the most famous of which is the Eurovision Song Contest trophy made from solid transparent glass in the style of a classic microphone.
Gallery Director Louisa Milsome said, ‘Everyone knows about Sweden’s biggest exports – Abba, Ikea and Volvo – but it’s less well known that they are also the absolute best in the world in crystal glass blowing and art glass, and Kosta Boda is a leader in that field. As a gallery that specialises in glass we really want to share our passion with more people, and to have someone of the status of Kjell Engman exhibiting here in Norwich is a real coup and a great honour – and is just so exciting’
More information on this show will be released soon. If you have any questions or would like to join the exhibition mailing list, please fill in the contact form below or contact us on 01603 767282. In the mean time, why not browse our collection of Kjell Engman glassworks available to purchase online.