© 2019 A/dornment - Curating contemporary art jewelry 

by Ilaria Ruggiero

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 exhibitions 

DIALOGUES ON VANITAS

Transience and Reverie on Contemporary Italian jewelry

19/11/2019 - 23/11/2019

New York

On the occasion of the New York City Jewelry Week, Adornment is pleased to present Dialogues on Vanitas, an exhibition on contemporary Italian jewelry that includes some of the most important artists in the sector. The exhibition will be held at Maison Gerard from November 19th until November 23rd.

Vanitas, in painting, is a still life with symbolic elements alluding to the theme of the transience of life. The name derives from the biblical phrase vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas, (vanity of vanities, all is vanity) and, just like a memento mori, is a warning about the ephemeral condition of existence. 

The exhibition takes up this specific meaning and stages the contributions, at the same time soulful and engaging, of artists such as Barbara Paganin, Paolo Marcolongo, Lavinia Rossetti and Lilla Tabasso. The exhibition will also feature a four hands special series made by Lilla Tabasso and Antonia Miletto, realized as part of the major collaboration project called Sympathy and just presented in Venice on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week.

The languages, particular to each of them, mix up to create a choral set of narratives around themes such as the passage of time, the dynamics of remembering and of memory, the transience of life and the symbolism of dreams.

From the poignant beauty of the tumbling flowers of Lilla Tabasso, characterized by hyperrealism and extreme naturalism, to the fantastic compositions of fragments of memory by Barbara Paganin,passing through the poetic correspondence amongst objects, memories and feelings characteristic of the Madeleine series by Lavinia Rossetti, to finish with the more abstract, conceptual and minimal works of Paolo Marcolongo, a process of progressive emotional and psychological rarefaction is produced.

Intimate expressions of personal and unique experiences, the jewels open up visual scenarios that go well beyond adornment, transporting to fantastic and unconscious dimensions. These jewels are soulful on the one hand, narrative on the other. They reveal correspondences, recount the past and offer themselves as a gift to those who are united in a symbolic relationship.

In addition, the exhibition is also intended to express the value and high quality of execution belonging to the Italian artistic and craft tradition, expressed through contemporary jewelry.

NUDA VITA

The practice of collective and political body

Munich Jewellery Week

13/03/2019 - 17/03/2019

Munich

Off Joya

20/09/2019 - 27/10/2019

Barcelona 

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is pleased to present Nuda Vita, an experience of artistic production that stages the work of some of the most interesting contemporary jewellery artists.

 

The initiative, curated by Ilaria Ruggiero, will be held on the occasion of Munich Jewellery Week from March 13th to 17that ABC Westside Galerie and explores the value and the role of the public, collective and political body, starting from the expression Nuda Vita, coined by Benjamin and then developed by the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, interpreted here as an impossible condition, unspeakable concept, and artistic action. 

 

Nudity does not happen as a physical condition, but as a symbolic event of resistance and sensitization.

 

The exhibition presents the new collections of 13 artists of different nationalities who were invited to work on the idea of the political, public and collective body: Vivien Bedwell, Daria Borovkova, Corrina Goutos, Satomi Kawai, Anna Lewis, Nina Lima, Daniel Ramos, Daniella Saraya, Hansel Tai, Martina Turini, Tanel Veenre, Maria Ignacia Walker Guzman, Snem Yildirim.

 

With an iconic concept as their starting-point, relating to their own cultures of origin, and linked to a form of oppression of collective and individual freedom, they have developed a body of work inspired by the chosen theme.

 

This gave rise to provocative visions, games, reflections and distortions.

 

Each artist has focused on developing their own artistic research in a definite direction, conceptually developing the intimate experience, in order to return to it through personal and peculiar language: the role of women in society, the question of gender, sexual orientation, spiritual identity, consumerism and disposable culture, the dynamics of appropriation and cultural clash, slavery, the idea of beauty, regimes and dictatorships, mysticism and eroticism, disability and public spaces, are just some of the topics covered by these works.

 

The collections have been photographed by different photographers under the creative direction of Arianna Novaga, Asia Flamini, Simone Franzolini, Marco Pauletto, Joan Porcel Pascual and Angelo Tassitano.

 

Each of the photographers involved elaborated, through their own visual language, the connotative symbolism of the various artistic projects, emphasizing and thus narrating the intimate and individual experiences of the artists, multiplying at the same time the number of voices and representations.

 

Even the catalogue, resembling a dossier, is designed to be an open organism, continuously modifiable and available to include new projects. It responds to the necessity of not wanting to give answers, but of enhancing questions and investigations.

 

Nuda Vitarepresents the time when life is both experienced and reconciled. 

 

Concretely it aims to be an artistic movement, an open and continuous platform of reflection and stimulation to give substance to those studies, which see the body and existence as an area of exploration. 

It is an act of provocation and resistance, subversion and sensitisation, which focuses upon the body, through the medium of the jewel, as a statement of politics, identity and humanity.

PAOLO MARCOLONGO

Jewellery and Objects

Munich Jewellery Week

9/03/2019 - 17/03/2019

Munich

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is pleased to present a solo show by Paolo Marcolongo, which will be held during the Munich Jewellery Week (March 9th– 17th 2019) at the incredible showroom of Ingo Maurer. In this converted 7500 ft (700 qm) industrial space come and find a place for creative contemplation, refined design open dialogue, and technical explanations. 

 

Paolo Marcolongo is an artist with a unique and multifaceted inspiration, and one of the most significant representatives of the Scuola Orafa Padovana.


The exhibition presents the latest artistic production expressed in both jewellery and objects, mostly vases and glass sculptures.

A compendium of his researches which links different series and collections.

 

In his jewellery all the complexities of the numerous sculptural, artistic, philosophical and aesthetic references that characterize his creative evolution find a compendium and perfect balance. Nature blossoms in both its sensuality and danger, on the one hand expressed by precious metals which are at times stinging, sharp, edgy, thorny, on the other in the feminine voluptuousness of the softness of glass that explodes in a tormenting struggle for freedom: an ancestral, mythological, almost archetypal dialogue between colour, transparency, weight and form. 

ADAGIO.UNO

A special edition

Munich Jewellery Week

14/03/2019 - 17/03/2019

Munich

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is pleased to present a special edition of Adagio.Uno, a touring exhibition and a sensitive project that deals with light and movement through the diverse artistic forms of photography and jewellery.
 
The project was born thanks to Letizia Maggio, Italian jewellery artist, and Alice Brazzit, Italian photographer and video artist based in Barcelona.
Multifaceted and sophisticated Megumi Isono gives a special taste to this refined artistic project starring as a model for the very first time.
Memories and their significance are meant to be the most relevant element to focus on.
 
On the occasion of Munich Jewellery Week the project is enriched by the contribution of Raquel Bessudo, a Mexican jewellery artist whose work somehow merges in both the sensorial experience and the artistic proposal of Adagio.Uno.
Raquel’s work seems indeed to well respond to the project’s ambition to be an open investigation into the themes of time and memories, traces and signs.
 
As photography teaches us, an image is the pure settling of rhythm, the sense of time made into image. 
A minimalist and conceptual style is reflected in the dual aesthetic soul of the photographs and the jewels: they are both evanescent yet present, stylized and essential.

Letizia Maggio's technical and artistic research evolves into a sophisticated and complex narration, which mixes materials such as silk, silver and textiles into innovative and abstract compositions. A strong inspiration, which derives from the light and austere aesthetics of the East, transmits a sense of calm, peace and composure that permeates the atmosphere all around.
 
The overlapping of small geometric layers of fabric, elegantly and expertly mixed, creates imaginative patterns that change flavour and sense according to the distance they're observed from.
A bit like the photographs and the video themselves, playing with the details and the illusion of the moving image, at different speeds, but possibly in an Adagio.
 
Raquel Bessudo works to design and compose creations through the use of different materials and elements, such as printed images, pieces of fabric, metal, iron, all organized into compositions with a flavour both naive and delicate. They are pieces of memory that are sewn and linked together, to enact these memories and bring them back to life. Raquel interprets the memories not as objective elements, but as events that occur, resulting from the dynamic relationship between body and past.
 
Overall, thanks to the uniqueness of the incredible photographer, Alice Brazzit, the project aims to communicate a suspended grace, beyond time itself, perfectly embodied by the elegant allure of Megumi Isono, which breaks down any commonplace logic of beauty and expresses the absolute singularity of the intensity of life.

CUTTING EDGE

A special edition for New York City Jewelry Week

12/11/2018 - 17/11/2018

New Yok

Adornment has the pleasure to announce, on the occasion of the New York City Jewelry Week, a special edition of Cutting Edge, the exhibition of jewelry design and research into glass, first announced in Venice within the Venice Glass Week.

The exhibition will be held in the revolutionary spaces of R&Company on 64 White Street, a showcase for global modernism spanning two centuries and focused on the future of design, from 12 – 17 November 2018 and will be accompanied by a conversation organized by the Art Glass Forum, which will be held on Tuesday November 13 at 6.30 pm at St. Michael’s Church and titled:
 
Cutting Edge - The use of glass and metals in contemporary jewelry.
Ilaria Ruggiero in conversation with Biba Schutz and Agustina Ros with special appearance by Linda MacNeil.

The exhibition presents the creations of artists and designers who use glass as a vehicle of expression and who stand out for innovation and personality.

On view the works of Paolo Marcolongo, Biba Schutz and Agustina Ros, in an open dialogue with many voices, in which talent, vision and technique are balanced in exclusive virtuosities.

Within this special edition for the New York Jewelry Week, some masterpieces made by the special guest and ambassador in the field of glass jewelry Linda MacNeil will be included.

CUTTING EDGE

Contemporary Glass Jewelry exhibition THE VENICE GLASS WEEK 2018

09/09/2018 - 07/10/2018

Venice

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry has the pleasure to present at Vitraria Gallery, on the occasion of The Venice Glass Week 2018Cutting Edge, an exhibition of jewelry design and research into glass. Cutting Edge – Contemporary Glass Jewelry exhibition presents the artistic creations of artists and designers who use glass as a vehicle of expression and who stand out for innovation and personality.


On view the works of Agustina Ros, Biba Schutz, Inou Beru, Mio Toyoda and Paolo Marcolongo in an open dialogue with many voices, in which talent, vision and technique are balanced in exclusive virtuosities.

Cutting Edge refers to some of the most experimental and contemporary creations in this sector, but also, as the word-play indicates, to aesthetics which are at times sharp, angular, dangerous. 

The selection aims to provide an unusual and avant-garde perspective on glass jewelry, an affirmation of the identity of research that is today increasingly independent, even if still connected, to tradition.
Various processes and techniques are used, then personalized by each of the creators by way of experimental techniques: from working with Murano glass, from the processing of hand-blown borosilicate glass, to the use of molds; from the joining and mixing of several materials and chemical components, to the combined processing of glass and porcelain.

Part of the project will be included in the program of the New York City Jewelry Week, which will be held from November 12th to 18th 2018 in New York (https://nycjewelryweek.com). 

NO MATTER MATTERS

Contemporary Art Jewelry exhibition MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2018

16/04/2018 - 22/04/2018

Milan

A/dornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry

presents

No Matter Matters

 

Milan Design Week 2018

Gold Black Style

Via San Maurilio 4

April 16th  – 22nd 2018

Mon – Tue from 12 pm to 6 pm

Wed – Sun from 12 pm to 7 pm 

 

Opening cocktail Wednesday April 18th from 6 pm

 

 

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is pleased to present the latest exhibition project No Matter Matters on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018.

Realized with the support of AtemporaryStudio at the Gold Black Style atelier, located in 5VIE district just a few steps from Sant' Ambrogio and the Duomo, No Matter Matters will present the works of 14 artists and designers of contemporary jewelry, whose work is characterized by the use of original and unusual materials.

 

Between research and experimentation, innovative techniques and unpublished aesthetic languages, an exhibition presenting the works of some of the most interesting craftspeople at the cutting edge of international design will be held: MYRIAM BOTTAZZI, CEDRIC CHEVALLEY, LODOVICA FUSCO, ANNE GOY, JILL HERLANDS, ELINA HONKANEN, MONICA IACOVENCO, BERU INOU, AMIRA JALET, HYUN JIYOON, ORSOLYA LOSONCZY, LETIZIA MAGGIO, DANIELLA SARAYA, ASAMI WATANABE.

 

From concrete to resin, from synthetic materials to natural ones, from slate to cork, the range of materials used for the creation of the exhibited pieces is endless. A vast open world of experimentation applied to jewelry that allows it to be identified as a support for much more articulated and complex technical, aesthetic and artistic research. Every artist is characterized by their own universe of signs, identity and history.

METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES 

Jewelry exhibition and site-specific sound installation

13/10/2017 - 29/10/2017

Paris

Metaphysical landscapes
Jewelry exhibition and site-specific sound installation

Curators: Ilaria Ruggiero & Claudia Capodiferro


Galerie Graphem

68 rue de Charenton 75012 Paris
October 13th – 29th
From Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 am – 7.00 pm


Opening October 12th at 6.30 pm

 

A/dornment – Curating Contemporary Art jewelry is pleased to present Metaphysical landscapes at Galerie Graphem on the occasion of Parcours Bijoux 2017, an unpublished and unreleased exhibition project that expands the fluid and wide boundaries of wearable art. Florence Croisier, Daria Borovkova e Maria Ignacia Walker Guzman are the selected artists in a cross dialogue based on materials and space/body design, through the site-specific intervention of a sound designer, Enrico Ascoli.

 

Metaphysical landscapes aims to multiply the suggestive aesthetics of the jewels in a cross-disciplinary installation.

 

The exhibition is an experience of perception, of analysis and of the senses and the goal is to offer an innovative and fruitful viewing experience, which is both useful and practical in continuing to expand the research initiated by the artists on display, making it both immediate and immersive. 

 

Enrico Ascoli, sound designer of wide experience and recognized for unconventional working methods, has for some time followed and studied the materials and research with which the three artists - Daria Borovkova, Florence Croisier and María Ignacia Walker Guzmán - realize their pieces, researching their ontological, sonorous and material characteristics and elaborating these into musical compositions. 

 

Three different aesthetic dimensions and material consistencies emerged from which Enrico Ascoli extracted a vibrant set of sounds and harmonies: the lunar, dark, dreamy surfaces of Daria Borovkova evoke dense, deep, profound sounds that stretch and suspend, in moments of waiting and emptiness, the depths that are present in her jewels.

 

The harmony associated with María Ignacia Walker Guzmán’s creations can be caressed; they are enveloping and soft, clear and smooth, in the expression of the perfect, ethereal and transcendent candor of her semi-organic sculptures. 

 

Pointed and sharp, instantaneous and illuminating, firm and cold; this is the sound set that accompanies the linear, subtle and minimal creations of Florence Croisier, elegant titanium compositions that design thin contours upon the body. 

 

The ultimate, overall and unified result, therefore, is at the same time both ethereal and material, a flow of micro-sounds created entirely by samples derived from the jewels themselves.

 

The meeting of the two dimensions, matter and sound, becomes artistic action itself, a literal and symbolic performative amplification of the jewel, possible only thanks to a targeted artistic intervention.  

The landscape offers the viewer an invitation to embark upon a metaphysical journey.

 

Thus, while matter gradually becomes intelligible through sound and vibration, sound becomes something to be worn.

  

ABOUT VOLUMES 

Contemporary Art Jewelry Exhibition

29/06/2017 - 27/08/2017

Venice


ABOUT VOLUMES

Contemporary Art Jewelry Exhibition
June 29th – August 27th 2017

Sottoportico degli Oresi - San Polo 71 A

Venice

 

OPENING June 28th 7 pm

 

Curated by A/dornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry

Organized in partnership with Valorizzazioni Culturali

 

About Volumes is a contemporary art jewelry exhibition curated by A/dornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry and organized in partnership with Valorizzazioni Culturali. 

The partnership between the two organizations follows the mission of Valorizzazioni Culturali, in a broader perspective of a larger redevelopment of an area at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, in the heart of Venice. 

The space is located in what is historically considered the area dedicated to the jewelry production in Venice, the Sottoportico degli Oresi. The desire to bring back to the top an ancient tradition, reading it in a modern, innovative and experimental way, was borne starting from the historical nature and identity of the place.

 

A/dornment continues in the wake of the research and work done in Milan during the Design Week, exploring the theme of volumes, conceived as a creative exploration and challenge of space by the forms, and declined on several subjects, expressed through multiple techniques, as well as treated towards different creative directions from various artists and designers.

 

From the apparent heaviness of wooden pieces by Fabrizio Bonvicini, to the metal and segmented geometric evolution of the creations by Martacarmela Sotelo, the exhibition presents a varied and diverse selection.

The formal optics illusion features for example the volumes of Anne-Sophie Vallée and Wing-han WONG, the first through the dynamism of shapes that change using magnets, the second through the tangle of wires. 

Rie Makino and Ria Lins give rise to different type of jewelry, but in both cases they are the result of a careful and sophisticated work of fabrics and metals sewn together, must touch pieces, made to fit the body movements.

María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo points to interactivity, with her playful and ironic version of pendants-colored kaleidoscopes.

Pieces made by Zeta Tsermou express the pure essential graphics and perfect signs, while Iro Kaskani loves to explore the idea of space and symmetry through the combination of precious and non-precious materials. Letizia Maggio submits, together with a new collection of the 5 rings ‘noble truths’ in light silver, a new collection of silver and limoges porcelain necklaces made with photographic print. Myriam Bottazzi presents a collection of necklaces composed of imperfect, jagged, consumed and repeated circles and squares.

A/dornment @ Milano Design Week 2017 

04/04/2017 - 09/04/2017

Milan

A/dornment @ BLoft

Casa dello Zecchiere

Via del Bollo 3

5Vie District

April 4 – 9 / 10 am - 7 pm

 

The collaboration between A/dornment, Bloft and Gumdesign continues with the aim to bring contemporary jewelry beyond its field to raise awareness in an ever-growing public, by showing research and production of those artist and designers working in this area.

 

On the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2017 Adornment and BLoft once again joint forces to support creativity and independent design.

 

The curatorial choice aims at presenting a selection of jewelry artists and designer who develops their research focusing on the volumes, developing original shapes while challenging the space in different ways.

A/dornment - Susanna Baldacci, María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo, Tal Efraim, Aviv Kinel, Ria Lins, Letizia Maggio, Rie
Makino, Paola Mirai, Izabella Petrut, Giulia Savino, Stenia Scarselli, Nicole Schuster, Zeta Tsermou, Anne–Sophie Vallée, Wing- han Wong. 

A/DORNMENT @ IRONICALLY ICONIC - UNEXPECTED DESIGN FOR EXPECTED USES
BRERA SITE
via delle Erbe 2A - Milano

Brera District 
April 4 - 9 /10 am - 8 pm

 

A/dornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is also pleased to present the creative production made by a group of artists and designers called Hatara Project at the Milan Desgn Week, inside of the exhibition IRONICALLY ICONIC - Unexpected design for expected uses which will take place from 4 to 9 April at Brera Site, in the heart of Milan. 

An exhibition in which the most sophisticated production and creative techniques wear original forms, sometimes weird and funny, that ironically represent modern customs and traditions. Formal icons and everyday objects, apparently conventional, reveal themselves in the wonder and surprise of the unexpected. Not a mere formal game but rather the result of a reflection on the unconventional use of objects, materials, decoration that offers the opportunity to gain an insight and unprecedented cross-over design.

Beyond any temporal and geographic boundaries.

Marine Dominiczak, Elin Flognman, Yasuyo Hida, Anke Huyben, Christine Jalio, Helmi Lindblom, Melina Lindroos, Annea Lounatvuori, Sara Malm, Wiebke Pandikow, Jelizaveta Suska, Susanna Yläranta, Ginta Zabarovska.

Adornment @ BLoft
Palazzo Valmarana Braga
Vicenza

14/01/2017 - 05/02/2017

Vicenza

A/dornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is proud to announce that it will participate, as a special project, at BLOFT Vicenza exhibition.

BLOFT is conceived and directed by Gumdesign as a visual representation of a space through objects combination in a dialogue and a melting pot of experiences, emotions and life tales.

 

Following the mission of the organization, the collaboration between A/dornment, Bloft and Gumdesign aims at taking contemporary jewelry beyond its field to raise awareness in an ever growing public, showing research and production of those artist and designers working in this area.

 

The exhibition will be held concurrently with the famous Vicenza Oro Fair, from January 14th to February 5th, at Palazzo Valmarana Braga in Vicenza's historical center, a few steps from the Basilica Palladiana.

 

During the fourth stage of BLoft, and coinciding with VicenzaOro, A/dornment carried a selection of artists who work in the field of contemporary jewelry breaking the aesthetic, technical and research schemes through the use of contemporary goldsmithing techniques.

 

A stable of female artist, each one spokesperson for a personal and original interpretation of drawing matter and metals on the body: Susanna Baldacci and Stenia Scarselli create small sculptures, choral and poetic narratives, through the game of silver, gold, enamels and pigments composition. Izabella Petrut loves to contaminate the preciousness of metals and stones with plastics, poor and decaying materials, creating an absolutely personal dark imaginary. The collection of small 'zen' rings by Clara del Papa mentions the housing flower arrangement in a fun and quirky hand flourish. Andra Lupu rips out and presses the silver coining, in devising of a new technique, a conceptual and metaphysical style enhancing the beauty of the 'rip'. The design of the creations by both Giulia Savino and Nicole Schuster evokes and is inspired by the city and urban elements, spatially developed and designed on the first, while gathered in small details in the second.

The stylization and essentiality of shapes, in the extreme cleansing, characterize the lines and volumes of Zeta Tsermou, as delicate as the sign of a pencil through the space.

Laura Forte and Letizia Maggio arise on this occasion two unpublished collections. Laura creates a dark shift on her clean and geometric shapes, still expressing the same leonardesque code, for divine proportion and harmony.

Letizia presents a collection of rings made of oxidized silver. A small alphabet of signs and symbols that invites you to open up a new vision of elegance and preciousness, able to challenge even the most popular clichés.

Adornment - Contemporary jewelry exhibition
The Shape of Wearable Art

25/05/2016 - 26/06/2016

Venice

Adornment - Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition showcases contemporary jewelry and carries on reflection and debate on the relationship between the jewel, design and fine art. 

 

Programmed within the largest event on design Design.Ve and curated by Ilaria Ruggiero, the exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of the prestigious Alchimia - Contemporary Jewellery School and under the patronage of the Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo. 
 

With the intention of creating an annual event in Venetian cultural programming, this year's theme is ‘The shape of wearable art’: a jewel that explores the typical formal boundaries of the body to challenge the mere fit and cross them.

 

The exhibition expands the fluid and wide boundaries of wearable art, seeking the original meaning of the ornament as a symbol of deep identification and belonging, at the social and spiritual level, to a specific community. Especially this year, pieces were selected for shapes, design and clever use of material, challenging the conventional space of fit to cross it and enter into dialogue with the body in a way that is unexpected, able to unveil new senses and meanings tied to the identity of the individual, as single human being or inserted in the community.