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Amber in Contemporary Art Jewellery

Exhibition  /  23 May 2014  -  26 Jul 2014
Published: 22.01.2014
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Intro
The core idea of the exhibition is to demonstrate the possible range of application of amber in the contemporary art jewellery created by professional jewellers. This exhibition will not only link the Amber Road geographically, but also historically by connecting the ancient times with the present, the past with the future and demonstrating the spectacular miracle of amber jewellery creation.

Artist list

Andris Lauders, Claudia Steiner, Eva Tesarik, Eve Margus-Villems, Fanni Vékony, Gigi Mariani, Guntis Lauders, Heidemarie Herb, Helfried Kodré, Jānis Vilks, Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė, Maria Cristina Bellucci, Māris Auniņš, Māris Šustiņš, Nataša Grandovec, Nikolai Balabin, Pawel Kaczynski, Sara Gackowska, Valdis Brože, Viktoria Münzker.
The core idea of the exhibition is to demonstrate the possible range of application of amber in the contemporary art jewellery created by professional jewellers. This area of interest is largely based on the specific materiality of amber - and its historical significance. The choice of exhibition organizers to choose „Amber Road” as the thematic background is not accidental; it played a significant role between 1st and 5th centuries AD as an exchange route of goods between the Baltic Sea region and Roman Empire. The route started in the eastern coastal area of the Baltic Sea, which at that time was inhabited by the Prussians and Curonians. It continued down the Visla up to the city of Karnunta (currently in Hungary) and further to the coast of the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine peninsula, providing Rome with the precious and exclusive material. Many Roman coins and antiquities found in the graveyards in the Baltic countries is perceived as the evidence of this trade route together with testimonies in the writings of Roman Empire era. Thus not only will Latvian and Italian jewellers participate in the exhibition but also artists from countries that Amber Road passed through (Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary). This exhibition will not only link the Amber Road geographically, but also historically by connecting the ancient times with the present, the past with the future and demonstrating the spectacular miracle of amber jewellery creation.

The stage of the exhibition is set by an internationally renowned fashion designer brand "MAREUNROL'S". The fashion designers - Mārīte Mastiņa and Rolands Pēterkops created their first joint collection in 2002 while still being students at Riga Applied Art College. Since then, they have participated and received awards in various international fashion and arts festivals, including the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyeres (France). (www.mareunrols.com and http://putti.lv/en/mareunrols )

Remarks

Opening party is on 22nd of May at 18:00

Exhibition catalogue
is designed by Kirils Kirasirovs and the text authors are Una Meistere and Daiga Rudzāte. The catalogue is issued by the arts and culture portal "Arterritory" (www.arterritory.com).
The catalogue publishing is supported by "Rīga 2014".
Andris Lauders. Ring: Seal’s Dream, 2013. Amber, Mammoth bone, 925 Silver, 750 Gold. 7,5 x 5 cm. Photo: Normunds Brasliņš. Andris Lauders
Ring: Seal’s Dream, 2013
Amber, Mammoth bone, 925 Silver, 750 Gold
7,5 x 5 cm
Photo: Normunds Brasliņš
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Claudia Steiner. Ring: Highlighted Distance, 2013. Copper, 925 Silver oxidized, Resin, Baltic Amber. 7 x 5 cm. Photo: Claudia Steiner. Claudia Steiner
Ring: Highlighted Distance, 2013
Copper, 925 Silver oxidized, Resin, Baltic Amber
7 x 5 cm
Photo: Claudia Steiner
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Eva Tesarik. Piece: On silken paws II........, 2013. Silver, amber, textile. 8 x 4 cm. Necklace with pendant
. Photo: Alice Schumacher. Eva Tesarik
Piece: On silken paws II........, 2013
Silver, amber, textile
8 x 4 cm
Necklace with pendant
Photo: Alice Schumacher
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Eve Margus-Villems. Brooch: Citrinitas Borealis, 2013. Amber, white gold. 9 x 4 cm. Photo: Liina Lõõbas. Eve Margus-Villems
Brooch: Citrinitas Borealis, 2013
Amber, white gold
9 x 4 cm
Photo: Liina Lõõbas
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Fanni Vékony. Brooch: Names of Amber II, 2013. Plastic coated paper, copper, silver and Matrix board. 7,7 x 7 x 4 cm. Photo: Mária Pecsics. Fanni Vékony
Brooch: Names of Amber II, 2013
Plastic coated paper, copper, silver and Matrix board
7,7 x 7 x 4 cm
Photo: Mária Pecsics
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Gigi Mariani. Brooch: Alone in my Thoughts, 2013. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, Amber, Niello, patina. 12,5 X 6,5 X 1,6 cm. Photo: Paolo Terzi. Gigi Mariani
Brooch: Alone in my Thoughts, 2013
Silver, 18kt yellow gold, Amber, Niello, patina
12,5 X 6,5 X 1,6 cm
Photo: Paolo Terzi
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Guntis Lauders. Piece: Untitled, 2013. Amber, citrines, smoky quartz, mammoth bone, coconut shell, sterling silver. 12 x 8 cm. Brooch/ Pendant
. Photo: Normunds Brasliņš. Guntis Lauders
Piece: Untitled, 2013
Amber, citrines, smoky quartz, mammoth bone, coconut shell, sterling silver
12 x 8 cm
Brooch/ Pendant
Photo: Normunds Brasliņš
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Heidemarie Herb. Brooch: Untitled, 2013. 925 Silver, raw amber, steel, pigment. 4 x 5,5 x 1,5 cm. Photo: Silvana Tili. Heidemarie Herb
Brooch: Untitled, 2013
925 Silver, raw amber, steel, pigment
4 x 5,5 x 1,5 cm
Photo: Silvana Tili
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. Helfried, Kodre
. Ring: Vienna, 2013
. Amber, silver, gold, copper
. 1,9 x 2 x 3,8 cm.

Helfried, Kodre
Ring: Vienna, 2013
Amber, silver, gold, copper
1,9 x 2 x 3,8 cm

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Jānis Vilks. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Amber, Silver 925. 4,5 x 4,5 x 2,3 cm. Photo: Māris Grīnbergs. Jānis Vilks
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Amber, Silver 925
4,5 x 4,5 x 2,3 cm
Photo: Māris Grīnbergs
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Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė. Object: Take away, 2011-2013. Amber, iron oxide, epoxy resin, sand, disposable package, wooden sticks. 13 x 13 x 17 cm. Photo: Aleksandr Sidorenko. Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė
Object: Take away, 2011-2013
Amber, iron oxide, epoxy resin, sand, disposable package, wooden sticks
13 x 13 x 17 cm
Photo: Aleksandr Sidorenko
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Maria Cristina Bellucci. Necklace: Schon 2, 2013. Silver, marble, amber, coloured pencils, rubber, epoxy resin. 88 cm. Photo: Giulia Lupi. Maria Cristina Bellucci
Necklace: Schon 2, 2013
Silver, marble, amber, coloured pencils, rubber, epoxy resin
88 cm
Photo: Giulia Lupi
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Māris Auniņš. Pin: Amber Square, 2013. Amber, silver. 4,3 x 4,3 x 1 cm | 5,2 x 1,3 x 0,8 cm | 4,8 x 2 x 0,8 cm | 3,6 x 1,8 x 0,8 cm
. Photo: Normunds Brasliņš. Māris Auniņš
Pin: Amber Square, 2013
Amber, silver
4,3 x 4,3 x 1 cm | 5,2 x 1,3 x 0,8 cm | 4,8 x 2 x 0,8 cm | 3,6 x 1,8 x 0,8 cm
Photo: Normunds Brasliņš
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Māris Šustiņš. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver 925, amber, green garnet. 5 x 3 x 6 cm. Photo: Māris Šustiņš. Māris Šustiņš
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver 925, amber, green garnet
5 x 3 x 6 cm
Photo: Māris Šustiņš
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Nataša Grandovec. Brooch: Make me a flower, 2013. 925 silver, wood, paint, amber. 6,8 x 3,2 x 1,0 cm. Photo: Nataša Grandovec. Nataša Grandovec
Brooch: Make me a flower, 2013
925 silver, wood, paint, amber
6,8 x 3,2 x 1,0 cm
Photo: Nataša Grandovec
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Nikolai Balabin. Object: Treasure, 2013. Amber, silver, patina. 6,0 x 3,5 x 1,5 cm. Photo: Nikolai Balabin. Nikolai Balabin
Object: Treasure, 2013
Amber, silver, patina
6,0 x 3,5 x 1,5 cm
Photo: Nikolai Balabin
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Pawel Kaczynski. Bracelet: Untitled, 2008. Amber, silver 999. 13 x 11 x 5cm. Photo: Pawel Kaczynski. Pawel Kaczynski
Bracelet: Untitled, 2008
Amber, silver 999
13 x 11 x 5cm
Photo: Pawel Kaczynski
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Sara Gackowska. Brooch: Transition III, 2013. Amber, coal, bio-resin, silver. 10 x 7 x 3cm. Photo: Adam Zaszkowski. Sara Gackowska
Brooch: Transition III, 2013
Amber, coal, bio-resin, silver
10 x 7 x 3cm
Photo: Adam Zaszkowski
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Valdis Brože. Pendant: The big one, the talkative one, 2013. Carved amber, Silver 925, enamel. 140 x 50 x 30 cm. Photo: Imants Ķīkulis. Valdis Brože
Pendant: The big one, the talkative one, 2013
Carved amber, Silver 925, enamel
140 x 50 x 30 cm
Photo: Imants Ķīkulis
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Viktoria Münzker. Brooch: Cleoniceras, 2013. Bronze, amber, ammonite, agate. 11 x 7 x 2 cm. Viktoria Münzker
Brooch: Cleoniceras, 2013
Bronze, amber, ammonite, agate
11 x 7 x 2 cm
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