Glass and Ceramics

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There are over one thousand exhibits of decorative and applied arts in the Museum. The collection of glass and ceramics from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Tver includes the objects of the 1970–90s period.

Natalia Savinova. The cage. 1987
Natalia Savinova
The cage. 1987

The representative collection of ceramics from St.-Petersburg is the creation of V. Vasilkovsky, V. Tsygankov, M. Kopylkov, N. Savinova, V. Tsivin. These eminent artists formed the core of the One Composition Group in the 1980s, and each of their exhibitions caused public outburst in those years. The artists not only reaffirmed the eternal rules of plastic art, but they also set the example of dedication to the ideas of freedom of creativity under ideological pressure.

Vassily Tsigankov. Repair. 1987-88
Vassily Tsigankov
Repair. 1987–88

The ceramic art objects by A. Brzhezitskaya, N. Poltoratskaya, T. Akulova, I. Lyass from Moscow are another part of the collection.. The small size compositions of the most eminent master Asta Brzhezitskaya had become legendary in art history. With her best works centred around literary and theatrical themes, the characters were not just precisely fashioned, but also harmoniously fitting in the real world. Asta Brzhezitskaya’s miniature compositions Leda and the Swan, Inspector, My Grandmother emanate warmth and humor. Asta Brzhezitskaya took great pleasure in creating illustrations in plastic for the works of Chekhov and Pushkin. The best of the best of her work graces our collection, among them the triptych Mistress into Maid, Queen of Spades and Tatyana's Dream.

Nina Malysheva. Long explanation. Let’s go to BAM. 1976
Nina Malysheva
Long explanation. Let’s go to BAM. 1976

The ceramics section possesses the works by the hand of E. Zorkina, and by the the Andreevs, the Elfimovs, and the Olonichevys. As most local ceramists, they work with chamotte — a wonderful material exhibiting strength and extraordinary plasticity. Since ancient times in this area, rich in various clays, pottery has been cultivated. In 1958, a ceramic workshop was formed in Kaliningrad. Its creativegroup consisting of artists exercising different artistic styles. Many of their creations are now in the holdings of the Gallery.

Olga Kozlova. Spring water. 1990
Olga Kozlova
Spring water. 1990

The Gallery stores a large collection of art glass too. The objects made by the glass blowers from Moscow, St.-Petersburg and Tver contribute to the holistic representation of this art, its styles, movements and media.

In the second half of the twentieth century glassmaking entered a new phase of its development. The emergence of the three-dimensional object as an object of aesthetic contemplation and emotional experience has changed a lot in the work of glassmakers. The palette of artistic means expanded: the expressiveness of painting, drawing, sculpture all added up in the art of glassmaking. The artists’ appeal to pure plasticity, having nothing to do with tableware, spoke of general changes in arts in 1980s and the desire to bring it to the level of high art. The extreme plasticity of the material allowed the artists to discover new means to express all a modern man is concerned with. Among the works of this period, there are two most important movements — the figurative-associative one and the «pure form» movement engaged in experimenting with the material.

Tatyana Akulova. Amphora. 1990
Tatyana Akulova
Amphora. 1990

Associations are always present in B. Fyodorov’s works from Tver. His composition Landscape made of engraved clear crystal demonstrates the purity and fragility of the material, playing elegiac melancholy, contemplation and meditation.

Boris Fedorov. Landscape. 1994
Boris Fedorov
Landscape. 1994

The greenish-blue tones of the spherical reliefs of the "Peace of the Planets" by the Shushkanovs appeal to the viewer’s imagination, luring them into the obscurity of the Universe.

Tatyana Shushkanova. The parade of Planets. 1988
Tatyana Shushkanova
The parade of Planets. 1988

Typical for the last decades of the twentieth century, fiberglass works by S. Ryazanova T. Sazhina, and I. Korzheva-Chuveleva also grace the collection.

Irina Korzheva-Chuvelyova. Dancing angels. 1993
Irina Korzheva-Chuvelyova
Dancing angels. 1993
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