One Million Dollar Boat. The most prestigious project for Kosta Boda since 1742.
One of the world’s foremost glass artists, Bertil Vallien will be presenting his One Million Dollar Boat, Passage, at SOFA Chicago, November 3rd-6th, with American partner Hawk Galleries. It is the largest, most expensive and mysterious sculpture ever created at Kosta Boda. It is truly an epic art piece, valued at $1 million.
Founded in 1742, Kosta Boda celebrates its 275th anniversary next year. Bertil Vallien's masterpiece Passage was created to honor Sweden's oldest glassworks and pay homage to its 53-year partnership with the artist by providing an unbridled opportunity for him to create his legacy piece.
With this project, Bertil Vallien is portraying the mythology of the history of the world, from birth to death. From the virgin princess to the mummification - the individual who wants to be immortal and live forever in time.
Bertil is internationally renowned, holds several design and art awards, and his work is represented in the most prestigious museums around the world. Thus, we are honored to unveil Passage, perhaps Bertil Vallien's most awe-inspiring and majestic masterwork.
- Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group of Urban Expositions
Passage embodies an extraordinary artistic partnership between Bertil Vallien, one of the world's leading artists, and Kosta Boda, Sweden's most storied glassworks. Hawk Galleries feels privileged to unveil the crown jewel of these two titans' 53-year collaboration at one of America's leading art fairs, SOFA Chicago 2016.
- Tom Hawk, Jr. Director, Hawk Galleries
Welcome to the unveiling of Passage, the One Million Dollar Boat.
Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
- Press Event Thu., nov. 3rd, 8:30-10.30 AM hawk galleries, booth 701
- ARTIST Lecture Sat., nov. 5th, 10.30-11.30 AM Lecture Room B, East end
- VIP Reception Sat., nov. 5th, 11.45 AM hawk galleries, booth 701
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Orrefors Kosta Boda AB is a design company in the Swedish province of Småland that designs and makes high-quality utility glassware and art glass. We develop, produce and sell a wide range of utility and art glass for private and public use under the brands Orrefors and Kosta Boda. We are the largest glassworks group in the Nordic countries with a history dating all the way back to 1742.
The glasswork in Kosta constitute the heart of our business. A genuine glasswork environment close to the craftsmanship and the designers. In Kosta we also run extensive tourism and events operations that attract more than one million visitors each year.
Since 2005, Orrefors Kosta Boda AB has been part of New Wave Group, which works with several brands in the consumer and corporate market in the areas of sport, leisure, furnishings and gifts. New Wave Group is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange.