21 October 2017, Exhibition ‘Elysium – Barbara Nanning & Tomas Hillebrand’ opens in T² International Contemporary Art Center at Eling Road 1,Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China. This exhibition is organized by T² International Contemporary Art Center, co-organized by Academy of Arts and Crafts, Sichuan Fine Art Institute and Oooit Art and supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Gemeente Amstelveen, Stubble&Co, TESTBED 2 Culture and Creative Park. Curated by Mr. Gao Yi and Mr. Xie Yaping (the vice president of Academy of Arts and Crafts, Sichuan Fine Art Institute).
In Sanskrit, Elysium is the place for happiness. The elysian world is full of palaces and pavilions, treasures flowers and rare birds which is the representative of all good things and a world that everyone yearns for. Walking into the glass world of Dutch artists Thomas and Barbara, you will see the beauty and bliss of paradise in which you may deeply lose. The light is reflected in glass, which dyes the surrounding environment with the enchanting color. Meticulous sense of touch, extreme curve and fascinating color reflect the face of the audience in a wonderland.
Tomas was born in 1977 and graduated from the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was uniquely sensitive to art materials during art creation. In the hundred years old Dutch glass studio, he endowed contemporary soul to Europe’s ancient glass with 3500 years of history by the ancient craftsmanship like abrasive blasting, silver-plated, mixture of iron, silvering, lacquer varnish etc. to create new works. Although the breakage rate is extremely high，these artworks are transformed into live creatures by the forge of water and fire. In 2013, Thomas was awarded the Van Vlissingen art foundation award and was sent to Japan to study lacquer painting. His artworks had been exhibited in the glass museum of the Netherlands, the national museum of the Netherlands, the Jan Van der Togt Museum etc., and collected by celebrities and art lovers from all over the world.
Barbara was born in Den Hague in 1957 and also graduated from prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a very important Dutch glass artist. Her works have been presented in many museums and galleries in Europe, USA and Japan. She had solo exhibition in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding in Coesfeld Germany, Design Museum Gent in Belgium, Famous Gallery Koyanagi in Tokyo etc. Since 1978, her works have been presented in many group exhibitions and design art fairs all over the world. Since 2010, her works are presented every year in Art Basel and Miami Design Art Fair. In 2016 Barbara won de prize of Art Aurea. Her works are widely collected by famous organizations such as: Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts Lausanne in Switzerland, Musee des Arts Decoratifs Paris in France, Museum fur Kunst end Gewerbe Hamburg in Germany, Museum for Fine Arts Boston in the USA, Taipei County Yingko Ceramics Museum in Taipei etc.
托马斯出生于1977年，毕业于著名的荷兰阿姆斯特丹皇家艺术学院。他对材料的感受独特而敏感，在创作中，他赋予欧洲3500年历史的古老玻璃制造艺术以当代的灵魂，他在有上百年历史的荷兰玻璃工坊，用最古老的方式吹制玻璃，然后采用喷砂，镜面，混合铁，镀银，亮漆，创作出全新的作品。尽管破损率极高，但是经过水与火的历练，这些艺术品仿佛蜕变成了具有灵魂的生物。2013年，托马斯获得Van Vlissingen 艺术基金会奖项，并被送往日本学习漆画。他的作品曾在荷兰皇家莱尔丹的玻璃博物馆，荷兰国家博物馆，扬范德托赫特博物馆等展出，也被各界名人和艺术爱好者所收藏。
芭芭拉1957年出生于荷兰海牙，同样毕业于荷兰阿姆斯特丹皇家艺术学院。她是荷兰重要的玻璃艺术家，她的作品在欧洲，日本各大美术馆和画廊展出，像阿姆斯特丹市立美术馆，德国科斯费尔德玻璃博物馆，日本著名的小柳画廊和比利时根特设计博物馆都举办过个展。从1978年至今，芭芭拉参加了无数的群展和设计博览会，从2010年起，她每年都参加巴塞尔和美国迈阿密设计博览会。2016年芭芭拉获得德国Art Aurea 手工艺艺术大奖。此外芭芭拉的作品被世界各大机构收藏，比如瑞士洛桑设计与当代应用艺术博物馆，法国巴黎装饰艺术博物馆，德国汉堡艺术与工艺美术博物馆，美国波士顿美术馆和台北立莺歌陶瓷博物馆。