Bertil Vallien: No Man's Land

We are very pleased to present the world-famous Swedish glass artist's first solo exhibition in Germany. Bertil Vallien is one of the most famous glass artists in Sweden and the world - and one of the most popular Swedish artists in general. Since the 1960s he has worked primarily with glass as a sculptural material, with a visual language based on eternal human symbols.In a career spanning more than sixty years, Vallien has realized numerous highly acclaimed exhibitions both in Sweden and internationally. His art is represented in leading institutions and private collections around the world, not least in the United States, where Vallien began his career and is a household name.Strangely enough, Bertil Vallien has remained a relatively unknown name in the art scene in Germany to this day. Although he is represented in renowned German private collections as well as in important public collections in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich, No Man's Land, a retrospective of Vallien's work over the last decade, is his first Solo exhibition in Germany.The exhibition includes the series "Under the Surface", mysterious landscapes "frozen" in glass cubes, alongside some of Bertil Vallien's world-famous sand-cast glass ships. Other exhibits include "Resting Heads", sleeping women's heads, "Kafka", a series of wall sculptures with crudely designed faces, and "Ashes and Diamonds", frighteningly topical destroyed and burnt cityscapes interspersed with hopefully sparkling "diamonds"."We live in a time when the future of the world is at stake, and if you want you can see a catastrophic theme in the works," says Bertil Vallien. "Neither glass nor diamonds have eternal life. On the contrary compared to other gemstones, diamonds are not refractory and disappear without a trace at temperatures above 700 degrees.The stairway is a main theme, the stairway to the unknown.What the characters have in common is that they are somewhere else, on their way to something, in No Man's Land. "

Bertil Vallien was born in 1938 in Stockholm. He was trained as a ceramist at Konstfack in Stockholm and continued his education in Mexico and Los Angeles. His career as a radical ceramic artist began in New York. After returning to Sweden, Bertil Vallien lived and worked for more than half a century with his wife Ulrica Hydman Vallien in Åfors, in the heart of Swedish Glasriket, where he still resides today. Bertil Vallien has been associated with the Kosta Boda glassworks, which is also a partner of the exhibition, since the 1960s. Bertil Vallien is represented in many leading international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the National Museum in Stockholm, and the Chicago Art Institute and the Neue Sammlung in Munich . He has received numerous prestigious prizes and awards, including the Swedish Academy Gold Medal and the Prince Eugen Medal. In the summer of 2021, Bertil Vallien presented a highly acclaimed exhibition in the park of the royal summer residence Solliden on the Swedish island of Öland.