“PEOPLE FOR CENTURIES HAVE BEEN FASCINATED BY GLASS; IT’S THE MOST MAGICAL OF MATERIALS.” —DALE CHIHULY
Czech life. Slovak Life. American life. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) inspires people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. In 2017, the NCSML will connect Iowans and visitors from all over the nation with the works of master glass artist, Dale Chihuly. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly’s heritage includes several ethnicities, including Slovakian roots by way of his grandfather, John Chihuly, was born in Koškovce, Slovakia, immigrating to the United States in 1890. Chihuly Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection (April 29 – October 1, 2017) will feature the spectacular Laguna Murano Chandelier, which has been called a triumph of technical expertise and breathtaking beauty. Made up of five pieces, the chandelier spouts gold and bronze tendrils, seaweed, sea creatures, mermaids and Poseidon.
In 1988, inspired by mysterious and unusual glass pieces in Venice from the 1920s and 1930s, Chihuly decided to create his own “Venetians” and formed the magnificent pieces that will be on display at the NCSML, featuring a variety of mythological creatures and an array of bright colors. Collector George Stroemple is the owner of more Chihuly art than anyone in the world except for Dale Chihuly himself. This is potentially the last time this collection will be on public display, so don't miss out!
Permanently on display, the exhibit Faces of Freedom: the Czech & Slovak Journey takes you on an extraordinary trip through the World Wars, life under Communism and the pursuit of a better life in America. Featuring a real Tatra car like those used by the Soviet secret police, an extensive collection of traditional kroje folk costumes, and interactive environments, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has something for everyone.
Looking for something to do? The NCSML hosts over 100 programs each year, including many family-friendly activities. Visit NCSML.org/events to stay updated!
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Chihuly Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection Exhibit Dates: April 29 – October 1, 2017