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Exhibition 05 Jun 2013

Exhibition “Hardened Tears“

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20 jewellery creators from Europe were invited to tale part in the exhibition. Most of them had never worked with amber before - and that exactly was the assumption made by the creators of the exhibition. The result has exceeded their expectations.

Sławomir Fijałkowski, Christiane Förster, Karl Fritsch, Sophie Hanagarth, Herman Hermsen, Daniel Kruger, Stefano Marchetti, Pavel Opočensky, Annelies Planteijdt, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Wolfgang Rahs, Ulrich Reithofer, Philip Sajet, Adolfas Šaulys, Gisbert Stach, Wilhelm Tasso Mattar, Manuel Vilhena, Arek Wolski and Petra Zimmermann took part in the exhibtion, which in fact was a very interesting experiment. Most of them had never worked with amber before - and that exactly was the assumption made by the creators of the exhibition: it was very important for them that the artists could look at amber with "an uncontaminated" eye, and get inspired by it. The inspiration for the artists were legends connected with amber and their own associations with the stone. The works created fall into the trend characteristic for authors' works to date, though they are marked with an "amber sensitivity".

Wim Vandekerckhove, the owner of Villa de Bondt gallery in Ghent, and Professor Sławomir Fijałkowski, a designer and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk are initiators of the exhibition. So far it has been presented in Ghent, Gdańsk and Legnica. It will also be shown in Ribnitz-Damgarten and Vilnius, perhaps even at the Amber Museum in Cracow?

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