ILJA BÍLEK, Associate Professor and Academic Painter

 

   
1948    Born Dec. 21,1948 in Liberec, Czechoslovakia
1965-69    Earned undergraduate degree in off-hand shaped hot glass at the Secondary
     School of Glassmaking in Železný Brod
1969-75    Graduate studies at Glass Studio with Prof. Stanislav Libenský, Academy of
     Applied Arts (VŠUP), Prague
1975-92    Glass designer of mould-melted sculpture and designs of hot-formed glass,     
     Železnobrodské sklo glassworks
1992-95           Freelance artist
1995 – 96    Instructor in Costume Jewelry, School of Art and Industry (SUPŠ) 
     in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Since 1996    Head of Glass Studio, Department (Faculty) of Art and Design,
     J. E. Purkyně University (UJEP) in Ústí nad Labem
2004    Received Associate Professor status at the Academy of Art, Architecture
     and Design in Prague
2010    Granted the Chancellor of the University Prize for his artwork
   
   
  One-man shows
   
1977    Prague, Karolina Gallery
1987     Liberec, Czech Republic, Malá výstavní síň (Small Gallery)
1989    Seevetal, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld – New Glass Ilja Bílek
     and Pavel Ježek
1992    Seevetal, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld – New Glass
1996    Bratislava, Slovakia, Glass Art Gallery Simone, together with Ivana Houserová
1998    Prague, Czech Republic, Galerie na Jánském vršku
1999    London, Great Britain, Glass Studio Gallery, together with Ivana Houserová
2000    Liberec, Czech Republic, North Bohemian Museum in Liberec
     (together with Miroslava Krausová)
2000    Seevetal, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld, New Glass Ilja Bílek
2001    Prague, Czech Republic, Galerie na Jánském vršku (catalogue)
2003    Berlin, Germany, Czech Centre Gallery (CzechPoint) – Durchdringung
2003    Prague, Czech Republic, Beseda Community Gallery, Poločas/Half Time,
     (together with Miroslava Krausová)
2004    London, Great Britain, The Studio Glass Gallery (together with Anna Kopecká),
     The Studio Glass Gallery  
2005    Prague, Czech Republic, Poločas/Half Time (together with Mirkou Krausovou),
     Beseda Gallery
2006    Prague, Czech Republic, Prodloužená/Extended, Galerie Pokorná
2007    Znojmo, Czech Republic, Vzájemná přítomnost/Mutual Presence
     (together with Miroslava Krausová), South Moravian Museum in Znojmo       
2008    Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic, Transfúze/Transfusion
     (together with T. Chaloupková, J. Maturová and J. Surýnek), Museum of Glass
     and Jewellery (catalogue)
2009    Paris, France, Verre Tchèque, Galerie Hélene Porée
     (together with Alena Matoušková and Anna Polanská), (catalogue)
2009    Turnov, Czech Republic, Miroslava Krausová, Ilja Bílek   
     and Jan Surýnek, Museum of the Bohemian Paradise in Turnov,
     (together with Miroslava Krausová and Jan Surýnek)
2009    Ostrava, Czech Republic, Glass, Painting and Graphic Art, Ostrava Museum
     (together with L. Sokolová and Luba Bakičová)
2010    Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic, St. Anne’s Church, Na cestě /En Route
     (together with L. Sokolová)
2010    Prague, Czech Republic, New Town Hall, Construction-Destruction
     (together with Luba Bakičová)
2010    Seevetal, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld, Latest Works – Ilja Bílek
2011    Czech Republic, Prague Festival of Glass 2011 – The Slovak 
     Institute in Prague, Glass, Concrete, Iron (together with Luba  
     Bakičová and Ivan Illovský)
   
   
  Participation in collective exhibitions
   
1999    London (Great Britain) Czech & British, Contemporary Glass Sculpture,
     The Studio Glass Gallery (Catalogue)
1999    New York (USA), SOFA  2000
1999-2000    Beijing (China), Exhibition of Czech Glass
2001    New York (USA), SOFA – 2001
2001    Boca Raton (USA), Habatat Galleries – Florida, Contemporary
     Glass 2001 (Catalogue)
2001    Prague (Czech Republic), Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague,
     IGS 1982 – 2000 (catalogue )
2001    Prague (Czech Republic), National Technical Museum in Prague,
     Stanislav Libenský and His School (catalogue )
2001    Chicago (USA), SOFA – 2001
2001    Salzburg (Austria), Galerie Prager Kabinett Salzburg, Stanislav Libenský
     und seine schule (catalogue)
2002    New York (USA), SOFA – 2002
2002    Taipei (Taiwan), Fain Arts Museum Gallery 1A, Stanislav Libenský
     and His School (catalogue)
2002    Seevetal bei Hamburg (Germany), Glasgalerie Hittfeld, Ilja Bílek
     und sein Atelier
2003    Immenhausen (Germany), Glasmuseum Immenhausen, Ilja Bílek und sein Atelier
2003    New York City (USA), Museum of Arts and Design (Craft Museum),
     Libenský and His Students
2003    Seevetal bei Hamburg, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld,
     15 Jahre Glasgalerie Hittfeld
2004    Langenfeld (Germany), Glaskunst Stadtmuseum,
     Zeitgenössiche Tschechische Glaskunst
2004    Neumünster (Germany), Zeitgenössiche Tschechische Glaskunst
2004    Lübeck (Germany), Zeitgenössiche Tschechische
     Glaskunst in Historichen Räumen
2004      Hamburg (Germany), Zeitgenössiche Tschechische Glaskunst in Museum 
     für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
2004    Jablonec nand Nisou, Czech Republic, Setkání/Encounters, Galerie N
2005    München (Germany), 57. Internationalen Handwerksmesse
     München – Meister der Moderne 2005
2006    Coburg, Germany,  Glassprize 2006, Glaskunst Museum (catalogue)
2006    Chicago, USA, SOFA
2006    Beijing, China, Czech Republic – European Crossroads
2007    Berlin, Germany, Glasgalerie Hittfeld, Contemporary Czech Glass,
     Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin  
2008    Hamburg, Germany, 20 Yahre Glasgalerie Hittfeld, Galerie Hittfeld
2008     Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 8th Art Glass Festival, Galerie Minea
2009    Prague, Czech Republic, Connections 2009 – Contemporary European
     Glass Sculpture, Mánes (catalogue)
2010    Prague, Czech Republic, Prague Festival – Galerie Pokorná,
     Vyšehrad-Gorlice (catalogue)
2011    Litoměřice, Czech Republic, The North Bohemian Gallery of  Fine  
     Art in Litoměřice-The Former Jesuit Church, Matter, Colour, Light
2011    Strasbourg, France,Conseil Général du Bas-RhinPlace du Quartier Blanc
   
   
   Represented in the following collections
   
 

   Prague (Czech Republic), Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

   Liberec (Czech Republic), North Bohemian Museum in Liberec

   Poznań (Poland), National Museum in Poznań 

   Belfast (Ireland), Ulster Museum

   Hamburg (Germany), Museum of Art and Industry 

   Jablonec nad Nisou (Czech Republic), Museum of Glass and Jewellery 

   Brno (Czech Republic), Moravian Gallery in Brno 

   Nový Bor, Czech Republic, Crystalex – Glass Symposia Collection (chateau Lemberk)

   Prague, Czech Republic, Czech Savings Bank, Czech Glass Collection  

   Coesfeld, Germany, Ernsting Stiftung Glasmuseum, Coesfeld  

   Corning, USA, The Corning Museum of Glass  

   London, Great Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum