Lasvit

Monster Cabaret

17 - 22 April 2018
Teatro Gerolamo
Piazza Ceasare Beccaria 8, Milan

The Martian by René Roubíček

The unique Martian collection is made of uranium glass. There are only twenty specimens of its kind, and there will never be more. It’s big as a newborn baby, yet it weights barely two kilograms.

Bio

René Roubíček was born in Prague in 1922. He started working with glass by chance: when the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague was shut down during World War II, the young student started to attend the Academy of Arts instead. There, he was introduced to glassworking. “It captivated me, and even now I am still learning what it has to offer,” says the Czech glass-working icon.

“I just like fun,” says Roubíček candidly – and that’s the secret behind his monster. It isn’t scary or threatening – it’s a friendly and funny being, as surprising and playful as glass itself.

“If it seems to attack, it’s only because of the simple principles by which it lives and moves. How it separates and regroups its bubbles, how it stretches itself and walks. One moment it stretches to a point and raises a tentacle, the next it brightly pops out its eyes,” adds the creator of The Martian.

The unique Martian collection is made of uranium glass. There are only twenty specimens of its kind, and there will never be more. It’s big as a newborn baby, yet it weights barely two kilograms.

The Martian wasn’t created from a render or 3D model: it was born in the forge of the glassworks. “It was born right there in front of the glass melting pot, helped into the world by the glassblower,” Roubíček explains.

My monsters

What are your private monsters?

I have never had any dealings with monstrosities, monsters, or ghosts. I don’t have a need to do so.

What are the most frightening monsters of today?

As Jan Werich once said: “The biggest thing to fear is colliding with an idiot.” That’s what gives me chills. There’s no chance of meaningful cooperation, but there is every chance of misunderstandings both small and large – even the possibility of a fatal catastroph

Find your monsters

Teatro Gerolamo

Piazza Cesare Becaria 8, Milan

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