Contemporary Glass Art Museum of Alcorcón
The Alcorcón city Glass Art Museum, MAVA was inaugurated on October 23rd. 1997. The core of the MAVA permanent collection was formed on the one hand by Takako Sano´s donation of an important number of pieces from her private collection -over 60 works- and on the other by direct donations from several artists boosted by Javier Gómez.
Nowadays, the Museums collection is constituted by over 160 exhibits, a number that is increasing continually, specially ever since the first unique Glass Sculpture International Award in Spain was announced.
In 1992 with the experiments promoted by the North American Harvey Littleton, glass stops being a material confined to factories to become one that may be manipulated at any artist´s studio.
That same year, the Wisconsin University (USA), where Littleton was teaching, organised a series of workshops and seminars designed to spreading the many possibilities to create works of art using glass.
This gave birth to the Studio Glass Movement, composed not only by artists, but also by instructors, researchers, collectors, chemists, museums, galleries, etc, with the common goal of making glass a material available to anyone who was creative.
Today, when more than four decades have gone by, the Studio Glass heritage has made itself evident in the vast development of the glass techniques, which have attained a great complexity and refinement: cast, moulded, stretched, centrifuged, carved, ground, blowed glass.
Nowadays glass is used regularly by artists throughout the world.