ANTONIN RÜCKL & SONS 1919-1939
WILHELM KRALIK & SONS 1919-1939
TANGO SKLO (GLASS) - the changes, the colors, the contrasts.
During the first decade of the 20th century, began performances of the Argentine tango dance, in
European dance halls. The spirited costumes the dancers wore, were characterized by
distinctive tones of orange, red, yellow and green dresses with black suits for the men. The tango
craze was reflected in the applied arts and the new color and color contrasts also inspired glass
companies to create a new decorative glass. Already, before the First World War, the
notion of Tango glass inspired brilliant yellow, orange, red and green opal glass, whose colors were
achieved by using cadmium sulfide, it also initiated the application of contrasting glass decors in other
color combinations including black and cobalt blue.
Tango glass was an unmistakable phenomenon that was mainly seen in Czech glass production
throughout the first half of the 20th century. This exhibition presents it in its many forms and
innovations over time and by region. It is not just about presenting a certain type of glass.
Now Tango glass can be very well documented as the initial design gradually developed and
adopted into commercial production for decades to come. However, this is an issue that goes far beyond a single exhibition. Especially after the first World War, the Tango glass from the Czech lands was mostly exported, mainly to North and South America. For this reason it was possible to organize
an exhibition thanks to the generous access of several private collections from Europe and the USA.
These exhibits come from many important institutions and collectors:
Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou, Museum of Sumava Susice, Highlands
Museum Brod, the Glass Museum in Harrachov, Glass Museum Nový Bor, Glass Museum
Kamenický Šenov, State Regional Archives Litomerice, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague,
the Regional Museum and Gallery in the Czech Lipa , Regional Museum Dr. Hostaš Klatovy,
and private collectors from Austria, Germany, USA, and Czech Republic.
Curator PHDr. Jitka Lnenicková
(Translated and edited by webmaster)
Internet 'public' images show a mix of official documents & visitor blog photos of A. Rückl & Sons glass exhibits.
The Czech title of these exhibits were : 'Tango Sklo - Promeny Barevnych Kontrastu.'
Three locations were chosen from the 18th of June 2011 to the 10th of July 2012.