International Biennale of Glass 2023


IBG 2023 Main Exhibition

The fourth edition of IBG presents 230 artists from 48 countries, whose works are prime examples of the variety of techniques in glassmaking and the wide field of aesthetic suggestions that the material offers.

Curator: Konstantin Valchev

October 6 – December 3, 2023

Official opening October 5 (Invitation only event)

National Gallery – Kvadrat 500


Focus on the Netherlands

Exhibition section realized in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands

Curator: Han de Kluijver


Guest Exhibitions:

IBG2023 provides its platform for the following exhibitions:

October 17 – November 3, 2023
Opening October 17, 18:00

Sredets Gallery of the Ministry of Culture

Touring exhibition of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary in cooperation with the Society of Hungarian Glass Artists 2023-2025


The Beginning

October 31 – November 30, 2023
Opening November 8, 2023, 17:00

UniArt Gallery, New Bulgarian University

Exhibition of glass art by students and professors from the Glass Department of the Anadolu University and the Glass Studio of NBU



Accompanying Exhibitions:



September 28 – October 20, 2023
Opening – September 28, 2023 at 19:00 (entrance with invitations)

Exhibition by Margarita Markova – Gita

Kamberov Art Gallery, 3 Bistritsa Str., Sofia

curators: Margarita Markova – Gita, Ivan Kamberov


Interplanetary Nomads

 October 6 – October 27, 2023
Opening – 06 October, 18:30

Art glass exhibition by Plamen Kondov

Velmar Jewelry House, 51 Vasil Levski blvd., Sofia

curator: Hristina Bareva




National Gallery – Kvadrat 500

October 6, 2023 (Friday), 10:00 – 15:00

JanHein van Stiphout (Netherlands): Controversies in Glass

Jenny Ritzenhoff (Netherlands): Magical experiments and experience related to glass

Caterina Zucchi (Italy): Glass as an ornament for the body

Markéta Váradiová and Iva Kolorenčová (Czech Republic): Czech glass artists of the 20th and 21st centuries

Andrea da Ponte (Argentina): Digital transfer Color to Glass. Experimental method

Marta Edőcs (Hungary): Small Nation – Great Glass (The contemporary Hungarian glass art scene)

October 7, 2023 (Saturday), 10:00 – 13:00

Karen Browning & Jon Lewis (United Kingdom): Collaboration

Elenora Koh (Singapore): Glass art in this red dot

Cristina Ilinca (Romania): Glass and nature in a glimpse

Václav Cigler and Michal Motyčka (Czech Republic): Art is a never‐ending process of discovery

The Lathe Riders (an international group of cold workers): International Cold Working

María E. Diaz de Vivar (Spain): Objetos con Vidrio: “Glass and Community”

Sredets Gallery of the Ministry of Culture

October 19, 2023 (Thursday)

Marta Edőcs (Hungary)

UniArt Gallery, New Bulgarian University

November, 9, 2023 (Thursday), 11:00

Mustafa Ağatekin (Turkey)

Ömür Duruerk (Turkey)


The lectures will be broadcast online on our virtual platform IBG Connect.

The joint and diligent work on the preparation of the fourth edition strengthened the international spirit of continuity, support, and faith in the common sublime goal – the celebration of glass art, confirming the established slogan of the Biennale – TOGETHER!