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up to and including 30 May 2010

Ritsue Mishima - Frozen Garden / Fruits of Fire

One of the world’s leading glass artists of the moment came to the Netherlands. The Japanese glass artist Ritsue Mishima exhibited glass objects in a specially constructed winter garden within the museum walls. Mishima has made most of the thirty or so pieces especially for this exhibition. The objects were placed low to the ground and visitors were able to walk along the path and see the Venetian glasswork at very close quarters.

From 1982 Ritsue Mishima (Kyoto 1962) worked as a stylist for advertising firms. In 1985 she began crating art installations with flowers. In 1989 she moved to Venice, where in 1996 she started dedicating herself to the creation of glass objects. Since then Mishima has worked with the Murano glass blowers to make crystal-clear glass works. Each object is unique and has its own character and identity. The energy put into the objects as they are blown and shaped is captured in the items, so that the light is reflected differently by each one. Mishima draws inspiration for the shapes of the glass works from natural objects in the universe.

Ritsue Mishima lives and works in Tokyo and Venice, and her work is exhibited all over the world. In 2001Mishima won the Giorgio Armani Prize for best artist at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition in London.