Exhibitions Archive - Europe
Wiener Werkstätte: Design in Vienna 1903-1932
The largest show in Britain in recent years, the exhibition draws primarily on the collection of David Bonsall and includes over 150 pieces of jewellery, ceramics, glass, metalwork, functional items, textiles, wallpaper, prints and enamel-ware.
1/07/2009 – 04/10/2009
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, UK
Horta & Wolfers. Reopening of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store, 1912
105 years after the official inauguration of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store in 1912, visitors will once again be able to admire the shop in its original form. To do this, the Cinquantenaire museum has cleared a room of approximately the same shape and area as that originally foreseen by Victor Horta in the building in rue d’Arenberg in Brussels. On the basis of a thorough historical study, the showcases and the counters will be reinstalled as Horta designed them in his time. First, it was necessary to take down the provisional arrangement of a part of the furniture in the museum and then obtain from storage the remaining interior elements. Even the original entrance doors will be reintegrated. Visitors will be able to walk around an identical reconstruction of the room, like elite customers of the past. The interior layout of the shop has been restored to the highest standards. The Cuban mahogany furniture has been cleaned and the original layer of varnish refurbished. The velvet interior furnishing of the showcases has been re-woven based on the original material. The patina of the bronze decorations has been refreshed. The harmony of the colours desired by Horta emerges once again: a sublime combination of the deep red polished mahogany, the dark green velvet, and the golden accents of the bronze decorations, all in total accord with the mauve colour of the walls. Thanks to this detailed restoration and refinishing, visitors will have the illusion of crossing once again the threshold into a Brussels shop for luxury goods.
29/11/2017 - 30/12/2018
Cinquantenaire Museum, Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Contemporary Belgian jewellery
The exhibition features the jewellery of 27 contemporary Belgian jewellers selected in 2011 to showcase their creations in Baccarat. Among them, there is a selection of 18 jewellery designers trained at either IATA or the School of Art at Maredsous.
20/04/2012 - 24/06/2012
Musée de Groesbeeck - de Croix, Rue J. Saintraint, 3 - 5000 Namur, Belgium
A Sense of Jewellery. Work by 40 iconic jewellers from the past 40 years
Jewels are one of the most intimate and oldest forms of human expression, seen in the extraordinary objects held in museums and personal collections worldwide. This free exhibition sets out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrate the quality of design thinking and material innovation which has emerged from independent studios in this period. It will unite pieces from the V&A, private patrons, artist collections and The Goldsmiths’ Company’s own collection to demonstrate how artists and designers continue to be drawn to this field of activity, inspired by its human and material histories. This unique combination of British works has been put together by invited guest curators: Amanda Game, a leading UK independent curator and producer in the field of jewellery and silversmithing and Liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, influential designer and former Head of the School of Jewellery in Edinburgh. Major works by established artists such as Wendy Ramshaw CBE and Gerda Flockinger CBE will be shown alongside works by emerging makers from across the UK, such as Andrew Lamb and Zoe Arnold.
15/09/2015 – 19/11/2015
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5AD, UK
An Adaptable Trade: The Jewellery Quarter at War
Before the outbreak of the War in 1914, Birmingham’s jewellery industry was vast, with an estimated 70,000 people employed in manufacturing jewellery and supplying the trade. By 1918 over 200 firms had closed, and employee numbers halved - and yet Birmingham’s jewellery trade survived, retaining much of its former dominance. This exhibition explores how the industry adapted to wartime austerity, the impact on local people, and the vital role played by women. Looking in detail at three prominent Jewellery Quarter firms, and illustrated with items loaned from family collections, it reveals the extraordinary sacrifices made by a generation of Birmingham people.
14/06/2014 – 27/06/2015
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6HA, UK
The Lee Rings
Two gold and enamel rings were given by the town of Totnes to Katherine and Christian, the grand-daughters of Richard Lee senior, a wealthy wool merchant, in the 17th century. This was in gratitude for the fact that he had presented the Church Walk to the town in around 1612, to be used as an Exchange. One of the rings has been in Totnes Museum for many years, but the other was thought to have been lost. This ring has now been identified as one in the V&A, and the two are shown together in this exhibition, reunited for the first time in almost 400 years.
15/03/2012 – 31/10/2012
Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, 70 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RU, UK
Marvellous Marble - South Devon's forgotten industry
The marble industry of South Devon is probably the least well-known of the British decorative stone-cutting industries of the 19th century. This exhibition includes a selection of jewellery, mainly brooches, set with South Devon marbles, and is a rare opportunity to see authentic pieces. There are also some Scottish and Derbyshire examples for comparative purposes.
6/04/2012 – 26/07/2012
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 1HG, UK
Le Trésor de Preslav
As part of the Bulgarian presidency of the European Union, the Louvre Museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the "Trésor de Preslav". The treasure was unearthed in 1978 near Preslav, capital of the first Bulgarian kingdom which converted to Christianity in 864 and was overthrown by the Byzantines in 1018. It is the largest discovery ever made of Byzantine princely medieval jewellery.
27/06/2018 - 5/11/2018
Musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli - Entrée par la Pyramide, 75001 Paris, France
Pravěký a současný šperk
Prehistoric and Contemporary Jewellery
Includes antique jewellery ranging from buckles of the Duchcov type that made a part of the votive gift found during the reconstruction of the Giant Spring (Obří Pramen) in Lahošť at Duchcov, buckles from the Roman period, armbands of Únětice culture to fashionable shapes of armbands from the La Tene period, the valuable findings of brooches made from shells, amber beads and golden earrings from Blšan in Louny area and jewels from nearer destinations (for example, a glass bead from the fort in Frýdlant area or S-shaped earrings from Dubá at Mnichovo Hradiště) aranged side by side with contemporary jewellery, including work from renowned Czech and foreign authors from their own studios but also from the collections of several institutions - the Northern Bohemian Museum in Liberec, the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou, the Museum of the Czech Paradise in Turnov and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, among others
14/07/2012 - 29/09/2013
Severočeské muzeum v Liberci, Masarykova 11, 460 01 Liberec, Czech Republic
Simply Danish. Silver Jewellery of the Twentieth Century
The exhibition “Simply Danish” presents the collection of the Berlin couple Marion and Jörg Schwandt with around 170 works of silver jewelry by 48 Danish artists, including icons like Georg Jensen and Mogens Ballin. The collection provides an overview of the various currents of Danish jewellery design in the twentieth century. The spectrum reaches from floral belt buckles in an art nouveau style, constructivistic works from the 1930s, to typically organic shapes from the 1950s. Silver jewellery of later decades reflects the preference of Danish jewellery designers and workshops for geometric shapes and combinations of material. The exhibition shows how a fixation on the material value of a piece of jewellery was abandoned by the Danish bourgeoisie in favor of artistic value and how this change in mindset has inspired Danish jewellery design for over 100 years now to attain great aesthetic achievements.
14/11/2018 - 3/03/2019
Bröhan-Museum, Schlossstraße 1a, 14059 Berlin, Germany
Georg Jensen - A tale of Danish Silver
Georg Jensen (1866-1935) is one of the finest exponents of Danish design. Koldinghus marks the 150th anniversary of his birth in a large retrospective exhibition, which presents the finest and rarest works by Georg Jensen and the company he founded, and tells the story of a global design adventure in an eventful century marked by bloom, crisis, war and new cultural breakthroughs. It opens with an impressive selection of the master's own beautiful jewellery with flora and fauna motives and the hammered hollowware with vigorous decorations. The modern jewellery is richly represented by Nanna Ditzel, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe amongst others, while for instance Allan Scharff’s amazing bird fabulations is showcasing the hollowware to the present.
4/09/2015 - 28/02/2016
Museet på Koldinghus, Koldinghus 1, 6000 Kolding, Postboks 91, Denmark
#153 - Selected pieces from the Danish Arts Foundation’s Jewellery Collection
Since 1978, the Danish Arts Foundation has purchased jewellery by the most acknowledged and experimental jewellery artists in Denmark. This small exhibition will show 153 of the almost 300 pieces of jewellery, which the collection contains. A piece of jewellery is a personal expression, which is why the exhibition shows many different jewellery forms and ideas. At the same time, the exhibition shows how jewellery design has developed over time. The designers represented are a mix of different cultural and educational backgrounds and they define themselves in different terms – both as designers, crafts men and jewellers. The jewellery on display invites us to think and reflect about what a piece of jewellery is and what it can be.
19/02/2015 - 16/08/2015
Design Museum Denmark, Bredgade 68 / 1260 København K, Denmark
Modern jewellery design from Brazil and Denmark
Ten eminent goldsmiths from Denmark join forces with ten Brazilian colleagues in this transnational exhibition of modern jewellery design. The exhibition not only showcases fascinating contrasts between Nordic simplicity and Latin lavishness but also a shared reference to the global issue of sustainability – a key issue in an industry that until recently was associated with overconsumption and exploitation of the Third World. The exhibition is clear testimony to the transformation of jewellery design in Brazil and Denmark. Modern jewellery design is no longer measured in carats but on the interaction between form and material and on the loyalty of the piece to the resources of our planet
24/08/2013 - 24/11/2013
Museet på Koldinghus, Markdannersgade 11, Postboks 91, 6000 Kolding, Denmark
Exhibition of jewellery „Szkatułka” (chest)
The Danish presidency of the EU has become a good occasion to promote the country and its culture. Over 100 exhibits from the collection "Chest" from the Danish Art Foundation will be presented at a special exhibition at the Amber Museum in Gdańsk.
The exhibition "Chest" will be presented for the first time in Poland and for the third time in the world (after being in Hungary and Mexico). The curator of the Danish Design Museum has selected the exhibits. They will mostly consist of jewellery, furniture, and containers - the characteristic areas of Danish design. The exhibition illustrates the development of Danish jewellery from the 20th century until today, and as such it is the evidence of the level of goldsmithery and the design. "Three basic features that are distinctive for Danish design are: reliability, functionality and simplicity" - explains the director of the Danish Institute of Culture in Poland Bogusława Sochańska. She adds: "This simplicity shows mostly in jewellery because many Danish artists treat jewellery like a sculpture that is going to be worn."
12/01/2012 – 4/03/2012
Amber Museum, Gdansk, Poland
Designers on Jewelry: Twelve Years of Jewelry Production by Chi ha paura…?
Chi ha paura…? Translation: Who’s afraid of…contemporary jewelry? 12 years ago, Dutch jewelry and product designer, Gijs Bakker, began a dialogue with designers about jewelry and its place in the modern world. Moving past the conventional concept of simple decoration and an investment in gold or stones, the goal was to redefine the value of jewelry by the fineness of the idea, not the materials. This exhibit presents the conversation that has followed with over 50 artists from New Zealand, Asia and across Europe. They have translated concepts, such as “Sense of Wonder” in a golden computer key, “What’s Luxury?” in a chain of gold nuggets and “Rituals” in a porcelain wishbone necklace, to name a few. With over 80 thought-provoking pieces on display, each designed to ask what jewelry is in the new millennium, the resulting thought waves will ripple through the design world and add valuable ideas to our everyday lives.
15/01/2010 - 16/05/2010
The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design, San Francisco, CA, USA
Dutch Jewellery from 1965 until now
Since the 1960's jewellery design in The Netherlands has developed in a fascinating way. The Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem traces this development and draws on its rich jewellery collection to showcase this history. The exhibition includes work from Gijs Bakker, Emmy van Leersum, Nicolaas van Beek, LAM de Wolf, Nel Linssen, Ruudt Peters, Herman Hermsen, Maria Hees, Felieke van der Leest, Ted Noten and more.
4/12/2009 - 7/03/2010
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands
Exhibition by õ h u L o s s (Castle in the Air)
õ h u L o s s (Castle in the Air in English) is a group of jewellery artists who are all alumni of the Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts: Kadri Mälk, Tanel Veenre, Piret Hirv, Eve Margus-Villems, Kristiina Laurits and Villu Plink. In September 2018 “Castle in the Air” will land again after several years in Tallinn, in the exhibition hall at the Estonian History Museum’s Maarjamäe Palace. The goal is to create a modern castle of jewellery in the historically-charged summer residence of the Orlov-Davydov family, by visualizing a castle in the air – a castle made of air – an airy castle. While creating an opportunity to exhibit jewellery, at the same time the aim is to intensify the spatial experience. The meeting of history, air and jewellery to create a new visual space that would at the same time conceptually support the jewellery and objects on display.
19/10/2018 - 21/01/2019
Maarjamäe Palace, Pirita tee 56, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
Pensieri preziosi 8 - La magica poesia della scuola orafa di Tallinn
The eighth festival dedicated to contemporary jewellery showcases works by six artists from Estonia, belonging to the Art Academy in Tallinn: Kadri Malk (1958), Piret Hirv (1969), Kristiina Laurits (1975 ), Eve Margus-Villems (1972), Villu Plink (1977), Tanel Veenre (1977).
1/12/2012 – 27/01/2013
Oratorio di San Rocco, via S. Lucia - Padova, Italy
Bold. Contemporary. Genuine. 80 years of Finland’s best-loved jewellery
This exhibition presents the story of Kalevala Jewellery. The exhibition tells about the history, operation and production of the company as well as the values and role of Kalevala Jewellery in the Finnish society through decades. The audience is able to see over 200 pieces of jewellery from a period of 80 years. All the jewels of Kalevala Jewellery are produced in the company’s factory in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki. Exhibition visitors can experience the company’s fascinating everyday routines of jewellery making by putting on 360 virtual reality glasses. With the glasses it is possible to experience the factory work in the same way as in the real factory.
11/03/2017 - 7/05/2017
The Craft Museum of Finland, Kauppakatu 25, Jyväskylä, Finland
This is the Finnish Goldsmith Association’s 110th Jubilee Year Exhibition, featuring jewellery from the 1960s onwards by 30 Goldsmiths of the Year and photograph art by Susanna Majuri.
18/09/2015 - 1/02/2016
The National Museum of Finland, Mannerheimintie 34, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
A Century of Finnish Jewellery
Organized by the Helsinki Design Museum, this exhibition of Finnish jewelry from the 1930s to contemporary conceptual art pieces follows changes in the meanings and design of jewelry over the decades. The exhibit includes uncluttered jewelry design from the 1950s by Elis Kauppi, Bertel Gardberg, Börje Rajalin and Paula Häiväoja, Björn Weckström’s forceful Lapponia jewelry of the 1960s, and the most interesting achievements of the jewelry industry and designers from recent decades.
16/10/09 – 24/01/10
DESIGNMUSEO, Helsinki, Finland
28/03/2010 - 5/06/2010
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA, USA
Torques et compagnie
Since the 19th century, the chalk of Champagne has delivered a considerable number of objects buried in Iron Age necropolises, that have helped successive generations of archaeologists to forge shared references to build and rebuild the image of the Gauls. This exhibition hoghlights the most characteristic of Gallic jewels, the torc.
8/03/2018 - 16/09/2018
Musée du Pays Châtillonnais, 14 rue de la libération, 21400 Châtillon-sur-Seine, France
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris
Throughout history, jewellery has served both functional and decorative purposes, reflecting not only the patron’s particular values and interests, but also the social, political, and economic circumstances of the time and place of its creation. In France, Paris has long been considered a center of innovation in fashion, the visual arts, and jewellery production. This exhibition charts the course of jewellery design in France over four centuries, tracking the country’s evolving jewellery aesthetic as it responded to historical events and art historical movements.
28/04/2013 - 21/07/2013
Memphis Art Museum, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, USA
16/04/2016 - 4/09/2017
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102-1292, USA
11/02/2017 – 14/05/2017
The Taft Museum of Art,316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, USA
13/10/2017 - 7/01/2018
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204, USA
Trésors princiers. Richesses de la cour de Navarre au XVIe siècle.
The treasures of the kings of Navarre are celebrated for their richness, sometimes even surpassing those of the kings of France. Marked by the humanist figure of Marguerite d’Angoulême, a woman of letters and an artistic patron, this exceptional patrimony evolved over time and marital alliances. Including objects of goldsmiths' work, precious jewels and rare books, this exhibition pays homage to the scattered treasure with loans from the Musée du Louvre, the château d’Écouen and the Prado. It brings to life the great days of the Château de Pau, whose courtyard and Renaissance gardens have just been restored.
7/04/2017 - 9/07/2017
Musée national et domaine du château de Pau, Rue du Château, 64000 Pau, France
130 ans de création joaillière à Bastia. : l’atelier Filippi
This exhibition is devoted to the jewellery trade in Bastia, brought to life through the workshop of four generations of the Filippi family of goldsmiths. Around 200 objects are on show, including tools and machines, most of which are from the original workshop, founded in 1882 at No. 3 in the Rue Saint by Jean Cesare Filippi (1857-1916). Ulysse (1883-1965) continued the workshop of his father that he passed on to his son Pierre (born 1923). The latter was supported by his uncle John, but also by Lilia, his wife and especially his daughter Nicole Matelli - Filippi, who, after participating in the family adventure, worked to keep the workshop and convey the story. In 2011 the Filippi family decided to give this collection to the city of Bastia in its permanent exhibition in a part of Caraffa Palace. As in all Bastia mansions from the 17th to 19th centuries, the lower floors were indeed traditionally reserved for commercial and craft activities. The Filipi workshop will therefore be one of the illustrations of this typically urban lifestyle. Pending the opening to the public of the whole building, the workshop is exposed in the Genoese powder rooms of the Palace of the Governors. The display is designed to reconstruct the different stages of creating a jewel, from the initial project, in the form of a drawing, to the final jewel, the metal of which has been repeatedly worked (melted, rolled, drawn, welded, chiseled ...). Many stages that involve creativity but also precision and dexterity; qualities that the Filippi family displayed during these 130 years of activity in the service of elegance and refinement at Bastia.
19/07/2014 - 19/07/2016
Musée municipal d’art et d’histoire, Place du donjon, La Citadelle, 20200 Bastia, Corsica, France
Emaux de Bresse. Joyaux du quotidien
Bressan enamel is a decorative art resulting from multiple influences. Very popular in the 19th century, it reached its peak with the International Exhibitions of the time. During the 20th century it underwent a progressive decline, and now there is only a single designer-jeweller based in Bourg-en-Bresse. Bressan enamel objects were made for all occasions: cross-pendants for first communion, jewels for "approchailles" (engagement) or for birthdays ... Received as a gift passed down from mother to daughter, these enamels still accompany family rites. Apart from jewellery, Bressan enamels had a less-known aspect: they was also used to decorate religious objects, for entertainment (theatre binoculars, dance cards) and decoration (pill boxes, inkwells). To date, the industry has been little studied and is little known outside the territory of the Bresse and the world of jewellery. This exhibition of Bressan enamels, precious everyday objects, devoted to a key element of regional identity, has become a reservoir of memory and emotion. It places the art in its historic landscape of international and contemporary enamel in general. Looking at its fine paillettes, the subtlety and diversity of colours and the balance of its compositions with multiple details of glazes ... are some of the great pleasures that this event offers.
25/05/2014 - 15/11/2015
Musée départemental de la Bresse - Domaine des Planons, 987 Chemin des Seiglières, 01380 Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon, France
Divines joailleries, l’art de Joseph Chaumet (1852-1928)
In 2005, with assistance from Fonds national du patrimoine, Fonds régional d’acquisition des musées (Région Bourgogne) and private donations, the City of Paray-le-Monial was able to enrich the museum with 'Via Vitae' (the Way of Life), a monumental work by the goldsmith and jeweller Joseph Chaumet of Paris 1852-1928), made between 1894 and 1904. This major acquisition for the national heritage is classified as a National Treasure. Following this memorable acquisition, the exhibition "Divine jewellery. The Art of Joseph Chaumet (1852-1928)" is the opportunity to gather around the treasure other works by the goldsmith and unprecedented documentation. The participation of Chaumet International, and exceptional loans of Christus Vincit, gold medal winner at the 1900 World's Fair, the crowns of Hyeres and Montligeon, silver works from the Museum St. Nicolas de Vitre, and objects from private collections including documents and art in possession of the family, all contribute to make this an unprecedented exhibtion.
14/06/2014 - 4/01/2015
Musée du Hiéron, 13, rue de la Paix 71600 - Paray-le-Monial, Saône-et-Loire, France
In the Line of Sight: contemporary jewellery in France
This exhibition also takes us on a tour of the museum’s permanent collections, where seventy jewellers and silversmiths have been invited to show their most recent creations alongside Medieval/ Renaissance, 17th/18th Century, 19th Century, Art Nouveau/Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary works, and also in the Contemporary and Jewellery galleries. This panorama of contemporary French creation shows how jewellery and its role are changing today, in its daring, often spectacular formal experimentation, “questioning” of the contemporary body and identification of new social behaviours.
19/09/2013 - 2/03/2014
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris, France
Le grand collier de la Légion d’honneur, de Vincent Auriol à François Hollande
The Museum of the Legion of Honour pays tribute to the President of the Republic, Grand Master of the Order, in an exhibition on the Grand Collar. The public can learn about the history and symbolism of this universal badge presented to the President at his inauguration. Jewellers' designs, details of allegorical medallions, films of investiture ceremonies under the Fourth and Fifth Republics, magazines and vintage photos, and official portraits, bring to life the Grand Collar of the Legion of Honour which in the contemporary version echos models of the First Empire and the Third Republic, also exhibited in the museum.
14/07/2012 - 29/09/2013
Musée national de la Légion d’honneur et des ordres de chevalerie, 2, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Bijou Art déco et Avant-garde. Jean Després et les bijoutiers modernes
The exhibition is both a celebration of Art Deco jewellery and of the work of the jeweller and precious metalsmith Jean Després (1889-1980). 180 of this major yet little-known artist’s works, inspired by Cubism and machinery, are being shown together for the first time, alongside works by the great names of French jewellery in the 1930s: Jean Fouquet, Gérard Sandoz, Raymond Templier (all three members of the Union des Artistes Modernes), and also by architects (Robert Mallet Stevens), interior designers, (Jean Dunand) and silversmiths (Jean Puiforcat), all illustrating the formidable attraction jewellery exercised over the artists of the period.
19/03/09 – 12/07/09
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France
L'éventail, matières d'excellence
Paris, capital of fashion and elegant women, vibrates with the genious of its craftsmen. The fan, at the same time both a work of art and a fashion accessory, belongs to this tradition. In the boutiques of the Opera district, women marvel at the beauty of the paintings and are seduced by the elegance of pearl carvings, ivory or tortoiseshell. In their hands they hold the virtuosity of the craftsmen of the Oise. For the most part remaining in the shadows, the craftsmen of the Méru region contributed to the spread of French decorative arts. While best known for making the buttons and dominoes that made their reputation, history has neglected their talent for fans. Their ingenuity and expertise magnify rare and precious materials from distant countries, Africa, India and the Pacific islands. For nearly three centuries this was the main centre for tabletterie in France, Europe, and certainly the world. This new exhibition pays tribute to the expertise of these artisans. Nearly a hundred fans from the early eighteenth century to the present day highlight their mastery and creativity.
13/09/2015 - 17/04/2016
Le Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie, 51, rue Roger Salengro - 60110 Méru, France
Echt unecht? — Schmuck aus Pforzheimer Industrieproduktion
Authentically inauthentic? — Jewellery from Pforzheim’s Industrial Production
Industrialization brought about the democratization of luxury items in the field of jewellery and watches. Inventive companies in Pforzheim developed methods for cost-efficient production of jewellery and watches that nevertheless possessed eyecatching appeal. Gold overlay (Doublé) or marcasite jewellery and simulated gemstones radiated an aura of luxury in broad sections of the population. But Pforzheim has also always been and still is home to exquisite designer jewellery. Renowned designers have contributed their creative input to the local jewellery industry while also pursuing their own artistic approaches. The guilds and the former State Arts and Crafts School, which has evolved into what is Pforzheim University’s School of Design nowadays, have always been forums for discussing aspects of »good design«. Organized by the Jewellery Museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs, and curated by Chris Gerbing, the exhibition at the Municipal Museum will be highlighting the success story of Pforzheim’s jewellery industry, which is based on the farsightedness, business acumen and the courage to embrace risks displayed by Pforzheim-based entrepreneurs from the industry’s early beginnings until way into the 1970s and accounting for their unique status in the world. The structural changes up to the present day will also be addressed.
28/05/2016 - 10/09/2016
Stadtmuseum Pforzheim, Westliche Karl-Friedrich-Straße 243 Pforzheim, Germany
Beautiful Mind: Ein Schmuckstück für Cranach
Beautiful Mind: A Gem for Cranach
In May 2014, on the 500th anniversary of Lucas Cranach the Younger's birth, the Kunststiftung of Saxony-Anhalt announced a national competition. The competition sought contemporary artistic interpretations of jewellery worn by Cranach the Younger, his wives, sons, daughters, as well as the contemporaries he portrayed. Some 146 artists entered the competition, representing each of the federal states of Germany. The 51 works selected for exhibition offer a broad perspective on contemporary artistic work from across Germany. Of the large number of prize-worthy entries that bore a special relationship to Cranach the Younger in both content and form, the jury selected three winners: The first prize went to Bettina Dittlmann from Breitenbach, Bavaria; the second prize to Beate Eismann from Halle, Saxony-Anhalt; the third prize to Svenja John from Berlin. Their work, alongside 48 other pieces, forms the exhibition 'Beautiful Mind: A Gem for Cranach'. Conceived of as a travelling exhibition, it was shown first in the Lutherhaus in Wittenberg, and afterwards in the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim.
20/05/2016 - 28/08/2016
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, Gemany
"In Eiserner Zeit”
During the Iron Age
During the "Iron Age" (War of Liberation) iron became a metaphor for the patriotic resistance against Napoleon and the pursuit of national renewal. In 1813 Frederick William III, King of Prussia, instigated the Iron Cross as an award in the fight against France. (Designer: Karl Friedrich Schinkel). During the First World War, the appeal to the population for sacrifice was renewed, but this time the call concerned the whole of Germany. "I gave gold for arms, I received iron in honour" was the inscription this time on the iron replacement jewellery, whose wearing effectivly demonstrated the old-new patriotism to the onlooker. This exhibition is a collaboration of the Museum Schloss Neu-Augustusburg in Weissenfels and the Kleihues-Bau Kornwestheim Museum. On display are over 100 exhibits on the subject, including a collection of patriotic iron jewellery from the collections of the Museum Weissenfels which have not previously been shown in public. Patriotic decorations and medals from the First World War provide a link into the 20th century.
22/02/2015 - 3/05/2015
Museum Schloss Neu-Augustusburg, Zeitzer Str. 4, 06667 Weißenfels, Germany
100 Years of the Pforzheim Jewellery + Design Guild
In 1912, when the first of the two traditional goldsmiths’ guilds was founded in Pforzheim, later renamed into ›Turm Pforzheim‹ (›Pforzheim Tower‹). The other guild, founded a few years later and called ›Zunft Jungkunst‹ (›Young Art Guild‹), had a similar programme. The members of both provided important impetus both for artistic and industry-oriented jewellery design. Their active members included renowned artists such as Theodor Wende or Reinhold Reiling. In 2003, both associations combined to form the ›Zunft Pforzheim Schmuck + Gestaltung‹ (›Pforzheim Jewellery + Design Guild‹). In addition to providing a retrospect, this exhibition will also be dedicated to today’s members and their oeuvres.
21/09/2012 – 11/11/2012
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Jahnstrasse 42, D-75173, Pforzheim, Germany
Hammer, Sketch and CAD - 90 years of Pforzheim's Technical College for Goldsmiths
To mark the 90th anniversary of Pforzheim's Technical College for Goldsmiths, which is part of the city's Goldsmithing and Watchmaking School, the Jewellery Museum will present a retrospective on the nine decades of the College's existence. The exhibition will show the works of former students, some of whom have become successful jewellery artists, from the college's very first years up to the present day.
10/07/2011 – 30/10/2011
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
Schmuck zum Gwand. Traditional jewellery from South Germany
The Bavarian National Museum has not only an extensive collection of rural clothing of the 19th century, but also the associated jewellery. More than 150 of the best examples are now shown in a small special exhibition. A gallery of contemporary rural portraits illustrates how the jewellery was worn and shows the interaction between clothing and jewellery. Notes on the gold and silver techniques and tools used complement the historical record.
2/09/2010 - 5/11/2010
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München, Germany
11/06/2010 – 05/09/2010
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, Germany
Die Berliner Goldschmiede Emil Lettre und Herbert Zeitner
Lettré Emil (1876-1954) and Herbert Zeitner (1900-1988), made a substantial contribution to Germany's jewellery and appliance design in the cultural capital of the German Reich in the 1920s. Both have close links with the Goldsmithing city of Hanau - Lettré was born and trained there and for a short period (1933/34) taught at the National Academy of Drawing; Zeitner moved as a child to Hanau and also visited the local school for goldsmiths. While Lettré's jewellery expresses the timeless elegance of classicism, Zeitner played with the involvement of "Figurines" in the forms of expressionism. The exhibition consists of over 200 exhibits, jewellery displays, equipment, photos and drafts of the two artists from private collections, as well as works on loan from the Badische Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, the Jewellery Museum at Pforzheim and the National Academy Hanau.
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
The Art of Adornment: Greek Jewellery of the 17th-19th centuries
The latest collection from the Benaki Museum to travel to Australia’s Hellenic Museum tells a tale of more than just the wearing of jewellery. Opening Friday 26 August, 2016, The Art of Adornment: Greek Jewellery from the 17th to 19th Centuries features items that were said to bring the wearer good luck, enhance fertility, and ward of evil spirits for protection and prosperity. The collection, that spans 400 years, features over 90 exquisite and intricate objects which highlight the artistry involved in jewellery making throughout this period as well as portraits in the gallery showing how these items were worn.
26/08/2016 - 29/01/2017
The Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery
22 works of local and international jewellers will explore the connection between identity and place. The pieces reflect the relationships between history, traditions and cultural identity which shape and inform the artist’s practice.
6/02/2016 - 3/04/2016
Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Patterns of Magnificence: Tradition and Reinvention in Greek Women’s Costume
Abundant in local variety, rich in embroidered and woven decoration and monumental in its completed ensemble, Greek traditional women’s dress has few equals in other countries. This exhibition will bring thirty two of the most splendid examples to London for the first time. They include the richly embroidered costume from Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, the astonishing assembly of fabrics, colours and jewellery from Stefanoviki in Thessaly and the superbly brocaded dress from Jannina in Epirus. The exhibition will also illustrate the interplay of native tradition and western aesthetic by displaying the court dress of the first Queen of the independent Greek state, Amalia of Oldenburg and that of her successor at the end of the nineteenth century, Queen Olga, the Russian-born consort of King George I. These splendid costumes represent a synthesis that is emblematic of nineteenth-century nation building. During the period of the exhibition the Hellenic Centre will arrange guided tours and hold lectures on costume, textiles, the reception of the indigenous tradition and the history and culture of Greece after independence. A fully illustrated catalogue with 10 essays by specialists in the field alongside catalogue entries and images for each costume will be available.
4/02/2014 – 2/03/2014
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS, UK
'Best of': Highlights in Jewelry and Couture
An exhibition which celebrates the power of Greek private institutions as generators of culture, this display invites viewers to challenge preconceived notions about fashion, jewelry and the art of design through a wealth of unique works that speak for themselves, evoking both the temporal and the timeless. Jewels from 50 collections created by Ilias Lalaounis and the Lalaounis house between 1947 and 2008 are presented alongside selected highlights from the extensive costume collections of the PFF dating from the 19th century to the present.
21/06/2011 – 29/12/2011
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece
Tea at Mrs Katakouzenou’s
In this exhibition jewellery, furniture and decorative objects by Marios Voutsinas have been distributed throughout the rooms of the house. Many of the pieces were inspired by the Katakouzenos legacy and were made with the house in mind as a setting. Bulky jewellery made of metal and stones – Voutsinas’s favorite materials – are laid out in the boudoir, bedroom and against the balcony door of the living room, and presented more like sculptures than accessories.
11/12/2009 – 31/12/2009
Katakouzenos House Museum, Athens, Greece
A tribute to magnificance: Jewelry and microscupture
(Over three hundred works of jewelry and micro-sculpture created by designer and academician Ilias Lalaounis)
20/3/08 – 5/7/08
National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania
This exhibition showcases the Museum's important collection of Victorian costume jewellery. Amongst the accessories on display there will be delicately carved bog-oak jewellery that was most popular in the 1860s. Many of the pieces featured in the exhibition are based around traditional Irish designs including one on the Tara brooch. The historic costume accessories also on show were once essential accoutrements for every fashionable Victorian lady. The collection includes the gilt posy-holders, button-hooks and intricately made chatelaines that would have been as prized then as the latest iPhone today.
23/04/2015 – 31/08/2015
Armagh County Museum, The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE, Northern Ireland, UK
Longobardi. Un popolo che cambia la storia
The Longobards. A people who changed history
The arrival of the Longobards in Italy in 638 changed the country, and Western Europe, for ever. This major exhibition will link the parabola of the Lombard presence in Italy with its antecedents and contemporary events elsewhere, linking the local scenario to the global one of Europe and the Mediterranean. It will highlight how the presence of the Longobards played a "leading" role in cultural transmissions and knowledge in the transalpine area, the Mediterranean and the Byzantine world, addressing diverse aspects and themes. The exhibition will subsequently be shown in Naples, from 15 December, and St Petersburg, from April 2018.
1/09/2017 – 3/12/2017
Musei Civici di Pavia, Castello Visconteo, Viale XI Febbraio 35, 27100 - Pavia, Italy
Gioielli e gioiellieri italiani: 1900 – 1990. Il trionfo della creatività
Italian jewels and jewellers: 1900 - 1990. The triumph of creativity
In a tribute to Italian craftsmanship, over 150 works tell, for the first time, the scenario of Italian jewellery production in the 20th century. This evolution is traced through chronological sections devoted to Neo-historicism, Liberty Style, Art Deco, the production of the thirties, forties and fifties, until you get to the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties: the path of the birth of the "made in Italy" movement. Archive research, revealing the homegrown technical excellence and the perfect organization of work in the goldsmith's workshops, has also enabled us to reconstruct the history of Italian jewellers, often active in existing family enterprises, today involving the third or fourth generations. They parade before our eyes many different types of precious objects - tiaras and diadems, necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches and earrings - made by the great names of Italian goldsmithing: starting from the splendour of the jewellery of Mario and then Gianmaria Buccellati through the Milanese creations of Alfredo Ravasco (some of whose works will be on public display for the first time), the Genoese Filippo Chiappe, the Musy from Turin, the Roman Petochi and Milanese Cusi, the neo-archeological Codognato, to jewellery in coral by the Ascione family. The examples from the Forties, the choice of materials and forms conditioned by war events, are represented by the major names of Cusi, Chantecler and Illario. The exhibition also presents works inspired by art movements made by the Roman jeweller Mario Masenza in collaboration with painters and sculptors such as, among others, Afro and Cannilla, as well as showing examples of the experimental "new jewels" created by the brothers Arnaldo and Giò Pomodoro.
24/11/2016 – 20/03/2017
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Via Manzoni 12, 20121 Milan, Italy
I gioielli neoetruschi di Zenobio Bencivenga
The Neo-Etruscan jewellery of Zenobio Bencivenga
This exhibition, the fourth in a series dedicated to restoring to public sight forgotten objects from the collections of the Museums of Lazio, displays the neo-Etruscan jewellery of the celebrated nineteenth-century Roman goldsmiths, the Bencivenga. The jewellery in Zenobio Bencivenga's "Etruscan-Roman" style testifies to the refined quality reached by the Roman goldsmiths of the nineteenth century in the production of jewellery inspired by ancient models. "Italian" archaeological jewellery, as evidenced by the productions of Bencivenga, consisted not in the mere copy or imitation of antique jewellery, but in the reinterpretation and transformation of the original models in a fully nineteenth-century context. The work of Zenobio Bencivenga perfectly illustrates this, decorated with theatrical masks and palms and, on the bracelet, coloured enamels as well. The Bencivenga were among the finest exponents of Roman gold production in the second half of the nineteenth century and the jewellery on display, donated to the State by the heirs of Bencivenga in 1936, along with two others in the same style and a bracelet "with winged female busts in the Egyptian style", was initially intended for the Museo Nazionale Romano, but then became (with the full agreement of the heirs) part of the collections of the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia in 1955.
30/09/2016 – 9/01/2017
Museo Archeologico dell'Agro Falisco, Forte Sangallo, Via del Forte 01033, Civita Castellana, Italy
Gioielli Vertiginosi. Ada Minola e le avanguardie artistiche a Torino nel secondo dopoguerra
Dizzying jewels. Ada Minola and the artistic avant-garde at Turin after WWII
This exhibition, curated by Paola Stroppiana, is devoted to gold jewellery and in particular that of the artistic and human personality Ada Minola (1912-1993): versatile sculptor, goldsmith, entrepreneur and gallery owner, active in Turin in the second half of the 20th century. It is divided into five sections and shows publicly for the first time 120 jewels which represent the main production characteristics of the goldsmith, focusing on different areas of stylistic influences: from Art Nouveau to Artist's Jewellery, from comparisons with the sculptures of Pomodoro and Lucio Fontana to the neo-Baroque period, from dialogues with the works of Umberto Mastroianni to the universal aesthetic influences of the brilliant architect Carlo Mollino. To enrich the exhibition there is also a constant reference to works of art, drawings, books, and archive photographs that place the objects on display in their accurate historical context. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale, with texts by Paola Stroppiana and a rich iconography, made possible thanks to the valuable contribution of Gian Enzo Sperone.
6/05/2016 – 12/09/2016
Palazzo Madama, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino, Italy
Bellissima. Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968
This exhibition is not a history of high fashion, but, rather, the attempt to reassemble, through the lens of today, the complex and ever-changing image of Italian fashion, in a choral account made up of many exemplary stories that are the very fabric that will give shape and consistency to the great success of the “made in Italy” label. The exhibition also features the creations of Bulgari, the most famous Italian jeweller around the world, with a selection of unique pieces displaying great experimentation and stylistic innovation.
2/12/2014 - 3/05/2015
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, via Guido Reni, 4 A, 00196 Roma, Italy
Indossare la Bellezza: La grande bigiotteria italiana
An unprecedented selection of Italian jewellery from the late nineteenth century to the early years of the millennium, from prestigious private collections, archives and company museums, public institutions, and also the Museum of Jewellery at Casalmaggiore itself, curated by Bianca Cappello. Includes work by Angela Caputi–Giuggiù, Armani, Artigiana Fiorentina Bigiotteria, Bijoux Bozart, Bijoux Cascio, Clotilde Silva, Corbella, Ugo Correani, Coppola e Toppo, De Liguoro, Ferenaz, Gattinoni, Fendi, Giuliano Fratti, Lo.Sa, Luciana de Reutern, Ken Scott, Mazzucco Romano, Ercole Moretti, Moschino, Ornella Bijoux, Ottavio Re, Sharra Pagano, Pellini Bijoux, Sorelle Sent, Fratelli Traversari, Unger & Carlo Zini. Catalogue available.
19/03/2016 – 29/05/2016
Museo del Bijou, Via Azzo Porzio, 9 - 26041 - Casalmaggiore (CR), Italy
Grandi Bigiottieri Italiani - Ornella Bijoux
Great Italian Costume Jewellers - Ornella Bijoux
Founded in 1944 by Piera Albani and his daughter Maria Vittoria, Ornella Bijoux is one of the most famous companies making handmade jewellery, accredited to the Bottega Storica di Milano. This exhibition, in the Zaffanella Hall of the Museum, will present more than 200 pieces, which will relate, over sixty years of Italian creativity, the progress of fashion through the original writings, elegant and unique, of Maria Vittoria Albani. This important exhibition, organized in collaboration with the jewellery historian and critic Bianca Cappello, is intended to be the first in a series of monographs dedicated to the great protagonists of 'Made in Italy' jewellery, a fascinating chapter in the history of costume jewellery yet to be uncovered. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of vintage cocktail dresses by Biki from the collection of Cavalli e Nastri of Milan, a fashion house with which Ornella Bijoux worked extensively in the 1960s.
21/03/2015 - 17/05/2015
Museo del Bijou, Via Azzo Porzio, 9 - 26041 - Casalmaggiore (CR), Italy
Gioielli d'artista. La tradizione nella modernità
This exhibition, curated by Ornella Casazza and Laura Felici, and promoted and organized by OMA, is dedicated to Tuscan and foreign painters and sculptors who practice the jewellery arts and, in particular, are turning their attention to sculpture intended to wear as jewellery. It takes place in two locations in Florence, and is accompanied by a catalogue
30/04/2014 – 15/10/2014,
via de’ Benci 6 Firenze, Italy
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
Spazio Mostre, Via Bufalini n. 6, Firenze, Italy
Il Tesoro dei Longobardi
This exhibition, the second in a series of exhibitions dedicated to the processing of gold and precious metals in the ancient world, will display ancient Lombard objects from the Duchy of Cividale, the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, the Academy of Cortona and the Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, in comparison with a special section dedicated to contemporary jewellery crafts. The goldsmiths' association Confartigianato Arezzo offers contemporary creations inspired by the shapes of the ancient Lombard goldsmiths. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
12/04/2013 – 30/06/2013
MAEC – Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona, Palazzo Casali, piazza Signorelli, 9 – 52044 Cortona (AR), Italy
I grandi capolavori del Corallo. I coralli di Trapani del XVII e XVIII secolo
Masterpieces of coral. Trapanese corals from the 17th and 18th centuries
From chalices and monstrances, cribs and chests, salt cellars and frames to gaming tables and trophies for the palaces of nobles and kings: this exhibition gathers together the best of Trapani coral art from that historical period. Curated by Valeria Vigni Li, director of the Pepoli Museum, it is a collaborative effort between the Puglisi Cosentino Foundation and Fondazione Roma Mediterraneo and houses historical collections belonging to the Banca Popolare di Novara, the Pepoli Museum, the Whitaker Foundation and the Diocesan Museum of Monreale, as well as individual pieces from private collections, both Italian and foreign. During the exhibition, the Goldsmiths Jewellers Association of Trapani, in collaboration with Federpreziosi-Confcommercio and the Art School of Design in Trapani, will set up a laboratory where students will show how coral is currently worked in useful and important initiatives for promoting this charming old trade to the new generation.
3/03/2013 – 5/05/2013
Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino per l'arte, Palazzo Valle, Viale Vittorio Emanuele 122 - 95131 Catania, Italy
18/05/2013 – 30/06/2013
Museo Pepoli, Via Conte Agostino Pepoli 180, Trapani, Italy
L'Oro e la memoria
This exhibition contains around 200 pieces of jewellery, mostly coming from the Valle del Cervo and a fair number from Biella itself, the steady accumulation of "small hoards" passed from one generation to another within families. Their collection is the result of a methodical research process that takes its cue from that set up in the territory of Biella by Alessandro Roccavilla more than a century ago. The whole is a complete and documented - by types, shapes, materials and techniques - account of the use of precious ornaments by women from the early nineteenth century until the First World War. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published in Biella, of about 270 pages, richly illustrated in colour and accompanied by essays by the curator, Lia Lenti, as well as Patrizia Bellardone, Danilo Craveia, Alessandra Montanera.
2/12/2012 – 6/01/2013
Museo del Territorio Biellese, Chiostro di San Sebastiano, Via Quintino Sella, Biella, Italy
Lux in Arcana. Documents from the Vatican Secret Archives
An unprecedented cultural and media event: 100 original documents, preserved for 400 years in the Popes’ Archive, will leave the confines of the Vatican City walls for the first time in history. The documents include part of the Archivio Borghese, the most substantial family archive held by the Vatican Secret Archives, made up of nearly 9,000 items mainly referring to the administration of the Borghese family’s wealth. In one of the last boxes, hidden among various accounts and expense notes, numerous watercolor plates are attached to a manuscript inventory of the family’s hereditary jewels. In 1834 prince Francesco (1776-1839) commissioned famous Roman goldsmith Fortunato Pio Castellani to survey the gems possessed by the Borghese household. Even though at the time he was continuously sought-after by the most famous families of the Roman aristocracy for his archaic-looking artefacts, the artisan drew numerous sketches of the jewels, among which some belonged to Pauline Bonaparte, who received them as a gift by brother Napoleon when she married Camillo Borghese, prince Francesco’s brother, in 1803; the emerald tiara and earrings described here are practically identical with those worn by Pauline Bonaparte for the 1807 marriage of Jerome Bonaparte and Catherine of Württemberg and captured by Jean-Baptiste Regnault in his painting which now hangs in Versailles. Subsequently, Pauline’s magnificent jewels were dismembered and remounted according to the time’s fashion for the marriage between Francesco’s son, Marcantonio, and Gwendoline Talbot, the Duke of Shrewsbury’s daughter, in 1835.
1/03/2012 - 9/09/2012
Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio 1 - 00186 Roma, Italy
Pensieri preziosi 7 - gioielli d'Italia
This exhibition shows jewellery by 15 contemporary Italian artists with different styles: Fernando Betto, Adreani Bloomard, Patrizia Bonati, Lucia Davanzo, Elizabeth Dupre, Anna Fornari, Maria Rosa Franzin, Simonetta Giacometti, Lisa Grassivaro, Eugenia Ingenuity, Rita Marcangelo, Mauritius ponds, Fabrizio Tridents, Barbara Uderzo, Stefano Zanini. Educational activities for children, organized by Fantale, are also provided.
19/11/2011 – 22/01/2012
Oratorio di San Rocco, Padova, Italy
This exhibition will celebrate a quarter of a century’s work from Andrea Cagnetti, who works under the artistic name of Akelo – the Greek god of water. Regarded as one of the most talented masters in goldsmithing, Cagnetti was born in Corchiano in Italy. He creates jewellery and golden objects that combine traditional techniques, with a look that shows influence from the Etruscans and Greeks.
2/11/2011 – 20/11/2011
Bentley & Skinner, London W1J 0DX, UK
The Voyage of a Contemporary Italian Goldsmith in the Classical World: Golden Treasures by Akelo
This exhibition shows jewellery designed by master goldsmith Andrea Cagnetti, who is also known as Akelo. The pieces include unique 22-c gold necklaces, cuffs, earrings, pins, bowls and boxes whose design is based on the shapes and patterns used by the ancient inhabitants of what is now Tuscany. Akelo conducted research into the goldsmithing techniques employed by the ancient Etruscans and managed to master one of these, granulation, to produce this latest collection.
5/06/2010 – 26/09/2010
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
7/10/2010 – 11/03/2011
The GIA Museum, Carlsbad, CA, USA
Bulgari. 125 years of Italian magnificence
After the enormous success of its 125th anniversary celebration in Rome last year, the luxury jewellers will be bringing its exhibition to Paris for the first time, choosing the legendary surroundings of the Grand Palais to showcase its history, creativity and prestige. "125 years of Italian Magnificence" looks back over the key moments in the history of the celebrated jewellery maker and the development of Bulgari design, from the opening of the first boutique on Rome's Via Sistina in 1884 to the present day. More than 500 precious items illustrate the path followed by Bulgari on the way to becoming the world's leading exponent of precious, highly colourful jewellery. Divided chronologically into periods, the retrospective begins with designs using silver and diamonds from the first half of the 20th century, then shows the creative turn taken in the 1960s with the emergence of a new style combining precious stones with rarely used original materials. The exhibition continues with the eclectic style inspired by 1970s pop art, the bold designs of the 1980s and 90s, right through to the spectacular designs of the 21st century. Jewellery, drawings, cinema stills and original items from private collections never yet publicly exhibited in France, including Bulgari's own vintage collection and pieces owned by Elisabeth Taylor, immerse visitors in the luxurious world of Bulgari, in a spectacularly designed setting.
10/12/2010 – 12/01/2011
The Nave, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Pulcherrima Res. Precious jewellery of the past
Exhibition of Sicilian jewellery of 8000 years, from the Mesolithic to the Byzantine age, from the medal collections of the Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas in Palermo.
19/12/2009 – 23/05/2010
Chiesa San Francesco Borgia, Catania, Italy
Royal diadems and jewellery: Masterpieces of Italian goldsmiths' art of the Court of Savoy
This exhibition displays the court jewellery of Savoy, created by the best Italian goldsmiths of the 19th century, preserved intact in the Sanctuary of Oropa, with splendid works of 17th and 18th century. There are also “civil” jewels – representing the devotion during centuries of the common people, aristocracy and royal family to the Madonna d’Oropa, a major sanctuary in the mountains of Biella that dominates physically and spiritually all other parts of the Piedmont region.
26/07/2009 – 10/01/2010
Reggia di Venaria, Turin, Italy
Oro dai Visconti agli Sforza. Smalti e oreficeria nel Ducato di Milan
Gold from the Visconti to the Sforza. Enamels and goldsmith's work in the Duchty of Milan
For the first time, an exhibition will trace the history of goldsmith's work in the Duchy of Milan between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, testifying to its quality and predominant role, through 60 masterpieces from the most prestigious collections both public and private, Italian and international, including the German Essen Cathedral, the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in Washington. A catalogue produced by Silvana Editoriale will accompany the exhibition.
30/09/2011 – 29/01/2012
Museo Diocesano, Milano, Italy
Jewellery in Malta: Vanity, Profanity and Prayer
For the first time in Malta, this exhibition will bring together spectacular pieces of jewellery loaned from Maltese private and church collections which rarely, if ever, are seen in public. It will be a unique opportunity to view such a collection of artistic and historic jewellery under the same roof. Over five hundred jewellery items will be exhibited and this will provide a thorough survey of what jewellery in Malta looked like from ancient times to the present. Jewellery sheds light on the beliefs, customs and fashions of a people and this exhibition will highlight all these aspects. The exhibition is being organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, a Maltese not-for profit organisation which has organised landmark exhibitions in the decorative and fine arts in Malta for more than two decades.
31/03/2013 – 26/05/2013
Casino Maltese, 247, Republic Street Valletta VLT1114, Malta
Filigree - Tradition & Innovation - An Exhibition of Handmade Maltese Filigree
The exhibition includes varied pieces of handmade Maltese filigree in both the traditional styles and in the more audacious and innovative forms. The aim of this public showcase of filigree is to highlight the flexibility of this Maltese form of silversmithing, as well as to reveal the more artistic aspect of filigree design. In fact, during the period of the exhibition, filigree jewellery designer Kevin Attard will be collaborating with a number of established and upcoming Maltese artists to develop a jewellery creation - pendant or earrings to their artistic design. Visitors to this exhibition may meet filigree makers and ask questions about the jewellery, observe filigree being made, meet an artist and eventually see each artist's design on display as the days go by.
08/10/2009 – 13/11/2009
Palazzo Castellania, Valletta, Malta
Discover a generation of designers and makers who embraced innovative and diverse influences, from the natural environment to non-precious materials. This small display will highlight pieces from British and Nordic designers, that would go on to influence a new wave of jewellery production.
1/12/2017 – 29/04/2018
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
Tone Vigeland. Schmuck - Objekt - Skulptur
Scandinavian studio jewellery is quite inconceivable without Tone Vigeland and her oeuvre. Already in the early 1960s, Tone Vigeland’s jewellery featured regularly in what are today considered legendary exhibitions and publications, for example, in the 1961 “International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery” at Goldsmiths' Hall London, which first presented to the public the emerging studio jewellery movement. Now Die Neue Sammlung is devoting to the grande dame of Scandinavian studio jewellery the first solo show on the European continent outside Scandinavia – 50 years after her first solo presentation took place 1967 in Kunstnerneshus in Oslo. The exhibition has been produced in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring some 150 works it provides an overview of Tone Vigeland’s studio jewellery from the years 1958 to 1995, an overview accompanied by a selection of objects and sculptures from 1998 until today.
11/03/2017 - 11/06/2017
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Barer Straße 40, 80333 München, Germany
From The Coolest Corner
The exhibition showcases experimental and boundary-breaking contemporary jewellery from sixty of the foremost Nordic and Baltic designers. Some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated examples of Nordic jewellery design will be on display. The spotlight will be on jewellery as an art form, featuring a varied, dazzling, and challenging display of modern jewellery that discusses both the contemporary age it embodies and the tradition of jewellery it follows. The works of recognised masters such as Sigurd Bronger (N), Kim Buck (DK), Konrad Mehus (N), Helena Lehtinen (FIN), and Tore Svendson (S) are displayed alongside works by a younger generation of jewellery designers, such as Sirja Knaapi (FIN), Helga Ragnhildur Mogensen (IS), and Anna Talbot (N). The exhibition provides unique insight into the preoccupations of contemporary Nordic jewellery designers and highlights their prominent standing both at home and abroad. The works in the exhibition have been selected by an international jury.
19/01/2013 - 21/04/2013
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, St. Olavs gate 1, Oslo, Norway
28/06/2013 - 15/09/2013
Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68 / 1260 København K, Denmark
11/10/2013 - 12/01/2014
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
7/03/2014 - 11/05/2014
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, 17 Lai Street, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
3/06/2014 – 21/09/2014
Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan 37-39, Göteborg, Sweden
8/03/2014 - 11/05/2015
The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, 17 Lai Street, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Treasures of the Middle Ages: Archaeological Finds from Poland
Schätze des Mittelalters – Schmuck aus dem Staatlichen Archäologischen Museum Warschau
The exhibition, a travelling exhibition from the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw, includes bracelets, rings, earrings, buckles, brooches, pendants and necklaces. Items worn by the nobility were made from gold, silver, bronze and glass while other people often wore objects made from copper, tin and even lead. In medieval times the type of jewellery a person possessed often indicated their status in society as well as their wealth and this topic is dealt with in the exhibition. As well as detailing the different types of jewellery worn and its decorative and practical function, the exhibition shows the various processes involved in the making of certain examples of the items on display. This provides an insight into the sophisticated techniques of those who produced the jewellery. The exhibition also includes information on how the designs incorporated into the jewellery reflected the beliefs and culture of the time. Some pieces on display are associated with worship of the sun or moon or elements in nature and some designs are particularly associated with men or women. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the section on the Borucin hoard which was discovered in northern Poland in 1856. The objects found date to about 1050 and include a total of 36 objects, ranging from gold and silver beads to disc pendants, a ‘lunula’ or moon-shaped pendant, and an amulet case.
16/10/2012 - 10/03/2013
Archäologisches Landesmuseum Brandenburg im Paulikloster, Neustädtische Heidestr. 28, 14776 Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
13/06/2013 – 22/09/2013
Down County Museum, The Mall, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6AH, UK
05/10/2013 – 6/01/2014
The Braid, Ballymena Town Hall, Museum & Arts Centre, 1 - 29 Bridge Street, Ballymena BT43 5EJ, UK
Lords of the Ocean. Treasures of the Portuguese Empire of the 16th - 18th Centuries
More than two hundred artifacts from museums and private collections in Portugal, Russia and other countries will help to demonstrate, on the one hand, the magnificence of the Portuguese court, the traditions of Portuguese navigation, science and culture. On the other hand, they will present vivid evidence of mutual influence and cultural exchange between the metropolitan power and its dominions in India, China, Japan, Africa and Brazil. Exhibits include portraits and items which belonged to the rulers, military commanders, explorers, who played an important role in the history of the Portuguese colonial empire, ceremonial objects from palaces, jewellery, coins, liturgical objects, weapons and armour, documents, engravings, atlases, maps, navigation instruments and tools, manuscripts and books of the 16th–17th centuries. Of great interest are works of local art, which depict Europeans.
8/12/2017 – 25/02/2018
The Moscow Kremlin Museums, 103132 Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Russia
Treasures of Ancient Russia from the Russian Museum Collection
The exhibition presents unique jewellery of gold and silver dated to the XIth-XIIIth centuries and from most rich treasures that were hidden mostly in 1237-1240, in the period when Mongol-Tatar armies attacked Russian towns. The exposition brings together over 400 works that present different techniques and styles of the Pre-Mongolian jewellery craft. The Russian Museum collection treasures is one of the richest in the world and includes many masterpieces. The most significant of them are the objects made of gold with cloisonné enamel, of silver with niello and engraving, and also adornments decorated with tiniest granulating: precious ceremonial attires of the princes (knyaz) and members of their families, boyars and warriors from Kiev, Chernigov and Old Ryazan. The most prominent are the adornments from Kiev treasures: pendants ornamented with depictions of the Sirin bird and the "ryasny" chains (the best examples of this kind ever found in Russia) and also a golden diadem with the depiction of Deisis that was used as a bridal crown. In the silver jewellery treasures the true masterpieces are the wide folding bracelets with depiction of animals and birds and the scenes of the pagan folk festivities - "rousalii". All these exhibits provide an opportunity to know the artistic tastes of the townsfolk and also the jewellers' skill and show the richness of jewellery adornments of people in the Ancient Rus. The special section of exhibition shows the tools of jewellers that executed the adornments. The exposition also includes the tribal jewellery attires of Russia, Byzantium, Volga Bulgaria and Scandinavia to let see the originality of the Old Russian goldwork that is presented by the embellishments from the hidden treasures.
12/11/2015 – 10/01/2016
The Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Castle, 2 Sadovaya Str., St Petersburg, Russia
Im Glanz der Zaren. Die Romanows, Württemberg und Europa
The glory of the Tsars. The Romanovs, Württemberg and Europe
Five marriages, four generations, one story. No other dynasty has maintained as close a family relationship with the Romanovs as the house of Württemberg. For the first time the five women, whose marriages laid the basis for the extraordinary common history, are at the centre of a major national exhibition. At the same time, their impact on the European power stages is illuminated. This exhibition tells of pomp, splendour and glory, but also of homesickness and everyday life, of faith and myth, and the exchange between Russia and Württemberg in education, science and economy. Outstanding exhibits, some shown outside Russia for the first time, bring the richness of the Tsars' court back to Stuttgart. High-profile Russian museums, such as the Kremlin, the State Historical Museum and the Pavlovsk Reserve have contributed magnificent objects.
5/10/2013 – 23/03/2014
Landesmuseum Württemberg, Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart
Krim - Goldene Insel im Schwarzen Meer. Griechen - Skythen - Goten
The Crimea - a golden island in the Black Sea. Greeks, Scythians, Goths
Located at the end point of the Eurasian steppes, the Crimea was for many centuries a unique cultural hub between Asia and the civilizations of the Mediterranean. The tension between the urban centres on the coast and the equestrian nomadic peoples is at the center of this exhibition. It is based on a cultural richness that is reflected not only in numerous ornate gold works, but the whole spectrum of Greek architecture, sculpture and ceramics up to the nomadic equestrian burials discovered in Kurgan grave mounds. Singular evidence of the wide-ranging contacts of the peoples of the Crimea is a Chinese lacquer box from the cemetery of Ust'Alma that is currently being restored in Japan with enormous effort and is being made accessible to the public for the first time here in Bonn. The Landesmuseum Bonn has obtained the co-operation of the most important museums in the Crimea for this project, and many objects are shown for the first time outside the Ukraine.
4/07/2013 - 19/01/2014
LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Treasures of the Royal Courts. Tudors , Stuarts and the Russian Tsars
This exhibition reveals the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs in a major exhibition celebrating 500 years of exchange between Britain and Russia. Comprising more than 150 objects, from royal portraits, jewellery and luxury goods to processional armour and heraldry, Treasures of the Royal Courts chronicles the close relationship between the English monarchy and the Russian Tsars. At the heart of the exhibition is a showcase of spectacular silver given to successive Russian Tsars, on exclusive loan from the Moscow Kremlin Museums. Highlights also include a rarely shown portrait of Elizabeth I and the legendary ruby-studded Drake Star, providing a stunning insight into the ritual and chivalry of the royal courts.
9/03/2013 - 14/07/2013
Victoria & Albert Museum/V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK
Between Orient and Occident. Treasures of the Kremlin from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great
In 2006 the Grünes Gewölbe presented an exhibition at the Moscow Kremlin Museums under the title “The Jewel Cabinet of August the Strong”. Now, six years later, the host museums are paying a return visit to Dresden: Around 140 masterpieces from the Moscow Kremlin Museums are on show in a special exhibition in the State Apartments of Dresden’s former Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). They include items from the collection of European silver from the Kremlin Armoury, sumptuous garments, precious jewellery and vessels, as well as arms produced by Turkish and Persian craftsmen. These objects will be complemented by 23 items on loan from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen and the Saxon State and University Library (SLUB), and also from the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.
1/12/2012 - 4/03/2013
Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe), Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), Taschenberg 2, D-01067 Dresden, Germany
Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars
Discover the spectacular designs of Carl Fabergé, a master goldsmith and legendary jeweler who is still celebrated for his inventive design and meticulous craftsmanship. Perhaps best known for the Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family, the House of Fabergé also fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe as well as other wealthy patrons.
13/11/2009 - 4/04/2010
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, USA
Scotland's Early Silver
Today gold is more valuable than silver, but in the first millennium AD silver was the most powerful material in Scotland. Scotland’s earliest silver arrived with the Roman army and had a lasting impact on local society, quickly becoming associated with prestige and power. In the centuries that followed, Roman silver objects were hacked and melted down to make iconic early medieval treasures like the massive silver chains. By AD700 the silver had been recycled many times and was used to make powerful objects such as the famous Hunterston Brooch. Featuring spectacular objects dating from AD75 to AD1000, and supported by The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland, Scotland’s Early Silver explores the part that silver played in the transformation of society in Scotland throughout the first millennium AD.
13/10/2017 – 25/02/2018
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
Silver of the Stars + Comtemporary Jewellery
The Dick is delighted to host ‘Silver of the Stars’, an exhibition which pairs ten Scottish silversmiths with ten Scottish international celebrities for the purpose of creating a striking range of silver drinking vessels. The exhibition also includes a selection of contemporary jewellery chosen from the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, featuring work made during the last ten years by leading jewellers from across the world. Makers include Peter Chang, Dorothy Hogg, Andrew Lamb, Helen McPherson and Sarah Keay. This exhibition will celebrate contemporary silver and jewellery, demonstrating its rich diversity and breadth of skill by makers currently working in Scotland, the UK, and beyond.
11/09/2009 – 18/12/2010
Dick Institute Art Gallery, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
Features 27 antique pieces including crest and kilt pins, brooches and bracelets. This unique lapidary art form was popularized by Queen Victoria in 1848. The jewelry emphasizes Scottish symbolism and gemstones in handmade silver work.
1/01/2009 - 10/05/2009
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Hidden Gems: Scotland’s Agates
The deceptively simple exteriors of agates conceal an enormous spectrum of colour and texture. Discover how and why these beautiful semi-precious Scottish gems have captivated collectors past and present.
4/05/2018 – 6/01/2019
National Museum of Scotland, Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, UK
Oro y Plata. Lujo y distinción en la Antigüedad Hispana. Colecciones de orfebrería del Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Gold and silver. Luxury and distinction in ancient Hispania. Treasures from the National Archaeological Museum
This exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to view a selection of the treasures of gold before the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula preserved in the National Archaeological Museum, which by their nature, have rarely left the same and never in such quantities and wealth. Treasures important not only in the strict sense, but also by the knowledge provided from a distant time in which the accumulation of luxury items was assimilated to social distinction and political power or religious. The nearly 300 pieces that make up the exhibition have been selected for their aesthetic quality and its ability to explain the technology, behavior and tastes of the societies that lived in the Peninsula from prehistory to the Romanization.
12/05/2011 - 26/06/2011
Centro Cultural Las Claras Cajamurcia, Murcia, Spain
Jewelry by artist. From Modernisme to the early avant-garde
This exhibition will reveal how major artists at the forefront of creative trends in the fertile 20th century --both Catalans and their international counterparts, from Modernisme to the first historic avant-garde movements --approached the world of jewellery. The exhibition will expose the least-known facets of Auguste Rodin, Hector Guimard, Josep Hoffmann, Josep Llimona, Serrurier-Bovy, Henry Van de Velde, Manolo Hugué, Paco Durrio, Xavier Nogués, Pau Gargallo, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Charlotte Perriand, Hans Arp, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Julio González and Henri Laurens, as well as many others.
27/10/2010 – 13/02/2011
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Precious Thoughts 5
The fifth annual exhibition presents this year the colourful and unconventional Spanish jewellery that can be summarized in the works of the most important exponents of the Massana School of Barcelona. We admire the works of the head of school Manuel Capdevila (no longer living), Ramon Puig Cuyàs, his successor and current director of the School, and Gemma Draper, Javier Moreno Frias, Xavier Ines Monclus, Greg Garcia Tevar, and Silvia Walz. The exhibition is a fascinating journey into the world of jewellery art of recycling and colour.
18/12/2009 – 28/02/2010
Oratorio di San Rocco, Padua, Italy
The Dreamer and the Dream - New Swedish Jewellery
The art of jewellery design taps into a basic instinct in the human animal – that of adornment. The talented jewellery designers showcased in this exhibition produce just such a response with their work, be it witty or understated or disconcerting. These designer-makers, based in the Swedish principle of good design and strong aesthetics, tap into personal experiences to create one-of-a-kind treasures, working with both precious materials and found objects to fashion pieces that operate on many different levels. Referencing nature, the body, everyday items and curiosities these works enchant the viewer, connecting the objects to their own half-remembered dreams.
6/02/2009 – 17/05/2009
Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK
Zug ist Schmuck. 400 Jahre Gold und Silber aus Zuger Werkstätten
Hear of Zug - Think of Jewellery. 400 Years of Gold- and Silver-smithing
Besides Fribourg, Zug was once one of the main centres of goldsmithing within the Catholic areas of the Swiss Confederacy. This exhibition brings together the most important works from the period of the ancien régime and ties them in with the latest trends in Zug jewellery making. In 1798 fundamental political and social upheaval put a swift end to traditional craftsmanship. Because of a lack of commissions goldsmithing disappeared from Zug for the next 100 years. This opulent display of some 300 exhibiits introduces the public to silver artworks from the 16th to the 18th centuries that have never before been shown on such a broad scale. They stand in striking contrast to the variety of shapes and colours displayed by 20th and 21st-century jewellery making.
29/03/2015 – 27/09/2015
Museum Burg Zug, Kirchenstrasse 11, CH-6300 Zug, Switzerland
Archaeology: Treasures of the Swiss National Museum
For the first time in French-speaking Switzerland, the Château de Prangins is exhibiting masterpieces from the archaeological collection of the Swiss National Museum. First established back in the 19th century, this exceptional collection spans the millennia, from 100,000 BC to 800 AD: the Palaeolithic Era to the Early Middle Ages. It is also unique in Switzerland in that it illustrates the archaeology of all the country's regions. It includes the 4th century BC Erstfeld Treasure of gold torcs and bracelets, and the 3rd century Lunnern Treasure of gold jewellery.
27/04/2012 – 14/10/2012
Musée national suisse – Château de Prangins, Switzerland
Gold Rush: Treasures of the Ukraine
On loan from the National Museum of the History of Ukraine and the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, this collection of 260 pieces of jewellery, weapons, coins, and household and religious artefacts, dating from 8th century BCE to 19th century CE, explores the significance of gold as used by the nomadic Scythians through to the golden age of Kievan Rus’ and as crafted in the decorative arts tradition of Ukraine. Accompanying the Ukrainian display is a showcase of gold from Southeast Asia and Singapore. Selected from the National Heritage Board collection, this set of 14th to 20th century jewellery illustrates gold as a symbol of wealth, status and power, and serves as an entry point to appreciating the development of goldsmithing and the flourishing of goldsmith shops in 20th century Singapore.
29/05/2011 - 26/08/2012
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897, Singapopre