Brian Clarke: Life and Death

20 November 2010 - 3 July 2011


Brian Clarke: Life and Death, held at the Musée suisse du vitrail et des arts du verre in Romont, Switzerland, presented a decade of works by Brian Clarke.

The Vitromusée Romont stated:

‘The death of his mother plunged Clarke into a deep reflection on the transience of life and the nature of memory. From this arose a series of works that are without comparison in contemporary stained glass: Clarke completely upturns the usual values of glass to lead, and reverses the importance of these materials, and of their relative lightness to darkness. However, in contrast to these memento mori, colourful symbols of life are also present in this exhibition – especially the fleurs de lys of the great Glass Wall. This motif, taken from the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, exemplifies the continual existence of the past in the present.’