Exhibition "Mi-Mi Moscow: "Smile" :))"

13 September 2019
Press Office of the Amber Museum

On 13 September, an exhibition of contemporary jewellery by Mila Kalnitskaia and Mikhail Maslennikov is opening in the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum.

At the new exhibition, there will be works by "diamond killer" – a creative union of Moscow jewellers "Mi-Mi Moscow".

The artists Mila Kalnitskaia and Mikhail Maslennikov graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Industrial Art named after S.G.Stroganov. Since 1985 they have been working independently in the sphere of jewellery. Since 1986 they have been participating in exhibitions. In 200 they established "their own creative union" that was named "Mi-Mi Moscow", live and work in Russia and Italy.

Jewellery by "Mi-Mi Moscow" are distinguished from the variety of contemporary jewellery by their constructive particularities and expressive elements demonstrating completely original attitude to the world. Main ideas, pictured expressively, sometimes with humour, bear humanitarian values through their seemingly naive character. The designers claim that jewellery is not a "treasure", but means of communication. That is why the materials, ideas, and symbols chosen by them are meant to deliver some intellectual and sensual information from the "carrier" to the people around. The creative union of Mila and Mikhail has received a nickname "diamond killers". It is not just about materials – plastic, glass, ivory, nacre, hematite…, but also about the impression made by their jewellery. Even sophisticated viewers experience bright emotions, that are "stronger", richer that those from an adornment studded with jewels.

Art works by Mila Kalnitskaia and Mikhail Maslennikov are in the collections of the Museum and Treasury "The Armoury" of the Moscow Kremlin, All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts (Moscow, Russia), Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Jewellery Museum (Pforzheim, Germany), Solidor Gallery (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France), Cominelli Foundation (Rome, Italy).

The exhibition will work until 10 November.

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