Lately in Florence even the most distracted person may have seen the posters with a sort of faceted gem which bears the inscription Gioielli d’artista: la tradizione nella modernità (The artists’ jewels: the tradition in the modernity) that announce the exhibition hosted in the historic venue of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Horne Museum until 15 October 2014.
|Allestimento Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Sede Cassa di Risparmio Firenze|
The exhibition curated by Ornella Casazza and Laura Felici is dedicated to those contemporary artists who work in Tuscany and direct their attention also to the world of jewelry. They make and treat necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and brooches as sculptures-to-wear, ennobling the contemporary goldsmith art and reminding us that during the Renaissance period the apprenticeship in the goldsmith shops was part of the training of an artist (do you remeber Ghiberti, Brunelleschi or Cellini?) .
The works of renowned artists like Staccioli, Barni, Theimer and Mitoraj found their place near the production of Florentine and Tuscan personalities such as Angela Caputi, in which the boundary between art, fashion and craft becomes increasingly blurred. Her synthetic resin jewels known around the world and recently celebrated at the Costume Gallery of Pitti Palace, are here represented with a selection of ironic-pop-art inspired pieces like the David series, halfway between the celebration of Michelangelo’s genius and the kitsch of souvenirs for tourists, and the Geometrico in gioco enigmistico series, with black and white optical effects reminding crossword puzzles.
|Allestimento Mostra Gioielli d’artista – Sede Cassa di Risparmio Firenze|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Angela Caputi – David, 2014|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Angela Caputi – Geometrico in gioco enigmistico, 2014|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Daniela Banci – Fiamma, anello e collana, 2012|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Daniela Banci – Cassiopea, collana, 2010|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Daniela Banci e Paolo Staccioli, Tempo continuo, spilla 2013|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Igor Mitoraj – Luci, bracciale, 2009|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Igor Mitoraj – Torso, bracciale, 2009|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Marzia Banci – Soffione, collana, 2003|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Paolo Penko – Gabbiano, spilla, 2007; |
Paniera fiorentina, spilla, 2009; Safari, pendente, 2012
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Paolo Penko – La primavera perfetta, |
anello, bracciale, pendente, ferma foulard, 2013
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Stefano Alinari – Aculeo, pendente, 2012|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Stefano Alinari – Cosmo, anello, 2006|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Stefano Alinari – Frammenti, bracciale, 2007|
Paolo Staccioli, giostra (dettagli)
Among the rooms in the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze venue, I suggest an obligatory stop in the Youth Section, where the new goldsmith artists trained in the schools of Florence (Art School of Porta Romana and Le Arti Orafe) show how the concept of contemporary jewelery is ever-changing. You can see beautiful jewels characterized by the balanced harmony of Arata Fuchi, the gracefulness of the precious leaves by Lisa Beatrice or the funny irony of Chiara Magazzini who shows her trombone-ring performing in front of a screaming audience titled, Silence, please!
|Allestimento Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Sala Giovani|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Arata Fuchi, Life, bracciale, 2008|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Lisa Beatrice, Ali in foglia, spilla, 2012|
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista Firenze – Chiara Magazzini – Silenzio, prego!, anello, 2013|
As already said, the exhibition is hosted in two locations and the section of the Horne Museum proposes a dialogue between the works of contemporary artists with the antique furniture, paintings and sculptures of the Herbert Horne collection: the large bronze horse by Ivan Theimer now peas the ground next to the terracotta horse by Jacopo Sansovino, the jewelry pieces by Igor Mitoraj and Cordelia von den Steinen meet the tiaras of the fourteenth-century Madonnas or the golden table of Santo Stefano by Giotto.
Once again, as always happens in historical and historicized cities as Florence, it is impossible not to look to the past to go into the future.
|Mostra Gioielli d’artista – Sede Museo Horne Firenze – (photo credit)|
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator
Gioielli d’artista. La tradizione nella modernità
30 aprile – 15 ottobre 2014
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze – Via Bufalini, 6, Firenze
Orario: lun-ven 9-19; Sab-dom 10-13/15-19
Museo Horne – Via de’ Benci, 6, Firenze
Orario: lun-sab 9-13