Glas(rijk) in development
The level of quality is high because the program is drafted by a recognized curator. Since 2018, Renée Korbee has been the curator who assesses the international glass artists and invites them to participate in the glass exhibition.
Renée Korbee studied art history at Leiden University. After graduating, she started her own art consultancy, called Art Vision. In her hometown Noordwijk she organized several leading sculpture exhibitions by young talent. She is particularly interested in ceramics and glass art. Since 2018, Renée Korbee has been the curator who assesses the international glass artists and invites them to participate in the glass exhibition. In her hometown Noordwijk she organized several leading sculpture exhibitions by young talent.
Glas(rijk) in development
The theme for 2021 is: ‘Glass in development’; looking back at 25 years of Glasrijk. From the 850 glass artists who have participated to date, some previously exhibited high-profile glass objects can be seen again in combination with recently made glass art by the same artist. More than 850 glass artists of 35 nationalities have attended Glasrijk in the past 25 years. We will continue to pay attention to the development of young glass artists. After their unwanted Corona isolation, they want nothing more than to ‘shine’, and show their thoughts to the outside world solidified in glass. Glasrijk is happy to offer them this stage for a number of students of the Vrije Academie Nunspeet, among others.
What is exhibited calls for people to watch and evokes thoughts. Artists are often the first to reflect on pressing social developments. Kim Gromoll’s installation ‘Cocoon’ shows deceased insects that she collects during everyday life and which she puts in glass cocoons. An opportunity for the viewer to take a more attentive look (and without a fly swatter) at these small, often defenseless, creatures that represent most of life on the planet but are the first to fall prey due to the current climate problems. A theme that is only becoming more topical due to the recent floods.
We want to be touched but also touched. This is possible when you see the uncomfortable, high-heeled pumps made of porcelain and glass by Tanja van Harten. They represent the adaptation of women to an ideal image that only contains pain and discomfort. According to the artist, it is a call to ‘hang your glass mouth on the willows’ and ‘to go find your own self’. Interestingly, the youngest generation of women has now completely ‘converted’ to the supple sneaker.
Thanks to the new board, the many volunteers and location owners and with a safe route along all locations, Glasrijk shines like never before. I am proud to be part of this and I wish all visitors an experience that ‘touches you to your toes’. ’.
Renée Korbee – curator Glasrijk Tubbergen 2018, 2019, 2021.
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