Art as Jewellery: From Alexander Calder to Anish Kapoor

6 January - 3 March 2020

The jewels that artists such as Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle or Man Ray designed throughout their lifetime confront and put into dialogue their work and their mastery in other well known fields as painting, sculpture or photography.

 

Art as Jewellery: From Alexander Calder to Anish Kapoor discovers the relationship and connections between a jewel and a piece of art, exploring the approach to the complex world of Jewellery of those who headed the main artistic movements from the first decades of the 20th Century and who opened a path to plastic experimentation, often questioning the nature of jewels by incorporating new materials into their production and needless to say, outside the traditional craft of goldsmithing.

 

In conjunction to these historic and iconic pieces by diverse Master Artists, the exhibition displays highlights from our collection, focused on our collaboration with today's leading sculptors and painters.

 

Since 2003, the gallery has collaborated with 25 Contemporary Artists including Anish Kapoor, Mariko Mori, Ed Ruscha, Gavin Turk, Yinka Shonibare and Tim Noble & Sue Webster to create artist-made jewellery.

 

The ethos behing the jewellery is that it should be treated as wearable sculpture: whilst it is not being worn it is a piece of art independent of function, at home on a coffee table or in a dressing room.