MICHEL MARTENS (1921 – 2006)
Michel Martens is a self-taught artist who built up a strong reputation in Belgium and abroad in the 1950s and 60s. He has restored churches destroyed in the war and built new churches, and in both cases he has put together high quality projects which were completely integrated into the architecture of the building. He is the most famous stainedglass window restorer in Flanders. He has studied, analysed and practiced the complicated techniques of glass work. He is completely free as he is not bound by architectural requirements, and being daring is an integral part of his work. He progressively went from using transparent glass to coloured glass, blown glass and finally mirror glass. In 1974 he created his first “mirror objects”: twodimensional works in which the surfaces are slightly raised. The result is a broken surface which sets off the light in all different directions.