from 26 March 2021 to 26 April 2021
An exhibition of works created by the tandem of two Kaliningrad artists Ernest Liss (1934–2003) and Vasilii Mitianin (1928–1986).
Both artists worked at the Kaliningrad Amber Combine, and in 1956 they became colleagues working in the experimental workshop there. Similarity of views on amber helped these two talented masters to unite in a creative union in 1980, which lasted for 25 years.
Ernest Liss and Vasilii Mitianin designed new samples of mass production together, created designer works, with which they participated in exhibitions in our country and abroad: in France, Germany, Japan, Poland, and other countries. In 1965 both of them entered the USSR Artists' Union
Items that will be shown by the Amber Museum at the exhibition, were made at the time of prosperous joint creative work of artists – in the 1970s–1980s. Among the artworks are adornments made in traditions of Russian jewellery using such techniques as granulation, filigree, mail plaiting, and stone-carved objects – small statuary, cameos, and interior objects.
Ernest Liss was the first Kaliningrad artist who emphasised sculptural qualities of amber and began developing the carving direction in the works with the sunstone. The masters also used the ability of amber to be combined with other materials, that is shown in the presented at the exhibition smoking sets, in which combination of wood, amber, and metal is excellently used to achieve the decorative effect.
Artworks by E.Liss and V.itianin are kept in collections of numerous museums: the Louvre in Paris, Metropolitan Museum in New-York, the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Kaliningrad Regional Museum of Art and History, as well as in private collection.
Artistry of Ernest Liss and Vasilii Mitianin influenced significantly establishing the Kaliningrad school of amber working.
Admission to the exhibition – by the ticket to the museum.