Kotelna Gallery is a private exhibition space with a focus on presenting works by the sculptor Zdeněk Lhotský.
The gallery’s long-term goal is to foster dialogue between glass art objects and installations on the one hand and works of art across the artistic spectrum on an international level on the other. The gallery also serves as a space for exhibiting original glass objects designed by renowned artists and produced at Lhotský Studio. The exhibition program focuses on fine art, applied art, and installations with the aim of presenting contemporary art characterized by a diverse range of approaches to content.
The gallery, built in a converted former textile factory on the outskirts of Železný Brod, was completed in 2014. It’s distinctive location by a recently renovated mill race on the Jizera River gives the site great potential. The gallery’s architectural concept was to create a dialogue between contemporary architectural vocabulary and the high quality of the original construction style typical for industrial buildings from that era. The architect retained the original generous interior of the factory hall while emphasizing the tectonics of all the original load-bearing steel elements. The original window openings, including their original segmentation, have also been restored, thus helping to accentuate the character of the exhibited works of art.
Across from Kotelna Gallery is the red facade of a private museum dedicated to the world-renowned artistic duo of Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, with a permanent exhibition of important glass works from the history of their careers. Hanging on the museum’s walls are rare drawings by professor Libenský that he viewed as the basis for his ideas of art glass and that served as a foundation for the creation of models and, subsequently, the final glass works. The exhibition includes works that have had an important impact on the world of art, including Green Eye of the Pyramid (1993), Large Imprint of an Angel (1999), and Shroud (1997).
Our society tends to ignore the subjects of death and the subsequent dignified treatment of the departed – subjects that raise sensitive questions in society. In terms of iconography, the studio’s original works from its FUNERAL series are intended as vessels for preserving a loved one’s remains, as eternal symbols celebrating each individual’s personality. They are an imprint of the immateriality of a body whose soul has departed.