Heroes. Stone-cutting works of the Ural masters from a private collection
On the 19th of October an exhibition from a private collection will be opened. The exhibition will feature 23 works of modern Ural stone-cutters, created in 2010-2018 in the most complicated technique of volumetric mosaic.
The collector provided museum workers with the opportunity to select works that will acquaint visitors with the work of modern art-stone cutters who collect large figures from carefully selected by color and pattern and neatly fitted to each other stone fragments. Technology of volumetric mosaic, known since Antiquity, flourished at the Florentine court of the Grand Dukes of the Medici in the Renaissance. In Russia, it gained popularity at the turn of the 19th – 20th centuries in the works of the Ural carvers of the firm Carl Faberge and the workshop of Alexei Denisov-Uralskiy.
The traditions of famous Russian enterprises are continued by Yekaterinburg masters from the Stone-cutting Studio "Svyatogor" and the stone-carving house of Alexey Antonov. Works of these workshops will be presented in the halls of the museum.
The "heroes" of this exhibition are not only historical (Tamerlane, Ermak), literary (Ilya Muromets, Kupava) or mythological (Demon, Pan) characters embodied under the master's incisor. The new project of the Ekaterinburg museum of Fine Arts is designed to draw attention to the significant role of the collector, whose support in the best traditions of Russian philanthropy contributes to the preservation of the stone-cutting brand of the Urals.
An extensive educational program is organized, where leading domestic and foreign experts, art historians and stone cutters will take part.