Amber Chamber at Luxembourg

Exhibition  /  10 Jul 2015  -  23 Aug 2015
Published: 25.06.2015

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The Amber Chamber exhibition travels to Luxembourg to presents ten renown artists taking a fresh look on amber. The contrasts in these works should help to update the traditional and still rather one-sided view of amber jewelry, showing new possibilities about this interesting material.

Artist list

Elisabeth Defner, Christiane Förster, Heidemarie Herb, Herman Hermsen, Beate Klockmann, Helfried Kodré, Philip Sajet, Peter Skubic, Gisbert Stach, Petra Zimmermann
More than something washed ashore
Edmund Spenser once wrote his lover’s name in the sand at the shore, twice, but the waves washed it away. 
The waves also transform amber, which is soft, warm, and can be white, yellow, brown, black, or skin tone. Amber is an organic substance, sometimes opaque, other times translucent, revealing a glimpse of its interior, 
with wonderful inclusions of a forgotten time. It can be alluring, electric, and when its contact is desired, it has healing qualities. 
Spenser’s lover told him that he and his gesture were both vain and for naught, as both she and her name were ephemeral. Spenser responded that his verses would immortalize her virtues and inscribe her name in heaven. 
While jewelry makers may be forced to work with more mundane materials at their disposal, their works in amber need neither explanation nor interpretation: The effect is immediate. The philosopher Michel Foucault* declared the death of the object as the source and basis of knowledge, freedom, language and history, perceiving a danger that mankind would disappear like footprints in the sand. Spenser reaches a different conclusion: When death overtakes the world, our love lives on, and renews the life that comes after it. This is why jewelry makers work with amber: For a sense of personal happiness, and for the well-being of the living. / Karl Bollmann

*Michel Foucault, Les Mots et les choses. Une archéologie des sciences humaines, 1966, Dits et Écrits, 1994
Heidemarie Herb. Neckpiece: time, 2014. silver, brass, iron, natural rope, baltic amber. 13 cm. Photo by: Silvana Tili. Heidemarie Herb
Neckpiece: time, 2014
silver, brass, iron, natural rope, baltic amber
13 cm
Photo by: Silvana Tili
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Gisbert Stach. Brooch: Schnitzel, 2015. Baltic Amber, Silicone, steel wire. 17,5 x 12 x 1,7cm. Photo by: Gisbert Stach. Gisbert Stach
Brooch: Schnitzel, 2015
Baltic Amber, Silicone, steel wire
17,5 x 12 x 1,7cm
Photo by: Gisbert Stach
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Christiane Förster. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Amber, mother-of-pearl, silver. 5.7 x 5 x 0.7 cm. Photo by: Christiane Förster. Christiane Förster
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Amber, mother-of-pearl, silver
5.7 x 5 x 0.7 cm
Photo by: Christiane Förster
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Elisabeth Defner. Ring: Untitled, 2015. Cooper, silver, Opal, amber. Photo by: Elisabeth Defner. Elisabeth Defner
Ring: Untitled, 2015
Cooper, silver, Opal, amber
Photo by: Elisabeth Defner
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Beate Klockmann. Earrings: Fragments, 2015. Gold, amber, Plastic. 4 x 4 x 2 cm. Photo by: Beate Klockmann. Beate Klockmann
Earrings: Fragments, 2015
Gold, amber, Plastic
4 x 4 x 2 cm
Photo by: Beate Klockmann
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Petra Zimmermann. Ring: Untitled, 2014/2015. Amber, polymethylmethacrylate, gold. Photo by: Petra Zimmermann. Petra Zimmermann
Ring: Untitled, 2014/2015
Amber, polymethylmethacrylate, gold
Photo by: Petra Zimmermann
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Herman Hermsen. Brooch: AllaDali, 2015. shark yaw, amber, gold. 15 x 8 cm. Photo by: Herman Hermsen. Herman Hermsen
Brooch: AllaDali, 2015
shark yaw, amber, gold
15 x 8 cm
Photo by: Herman Hermsen
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2014. amber, silver, gold, cupper. Photo by: Helfried Kodré. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2014
amber, silver, gold, cupper
Photo by: Helfried Kodré
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Philip Sajet. Ring: Potato chip, 2015. Gold, amber. 2.5 cm high. Photo by: Beate Klockmann. Philip Sajet
Ring: Potato chip, 2015
Gold, amber
2.5 cm high
Photo by: Beate Klockmann
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Peter Skubic. Brooch: Todesengel, 2015. Amber, coral, stainless steel. 9 x 8.5 x 2.7 cm. Photo by: Petra Zimmermann. Peter Skubic
Brooch: Todesengel, 2015
Amber, coral, stainless steel
9 x 8.5 x 2.7 cm
Photo by: Petra Zimmermann
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