The Vicenza Jewelery Museum is renewed with the third exhibition curated by Alba Cappellieri. Here’s how it will be ♦ ︎
It was nice, it will be even more. After four years the Vicenza Jewel Museum housed inside the Basilica Palladiana is renewed. But it is not a surprise: the permanent exhibition, in fact, was born with the idea of a continuous renewal of exposed jewels.
The museum, an initiative of the Italian Exhibition Group Spa in partnership with the City of Vicenza, offers the public an exhibition of 310 unique pieces, many of which belong to private collections, which are generally not accessible to the public or operators in the sector.
The jewels are given to the museum for two years. Now it’s the turn of the third edition, which opens on December 14th and will be open until the end of 2020.
The Jewelery Museum is directed by Alba Cappellieri, Professor of Jewelery Design at the Milan Polytechnic, as well as the leading jeweler in Italy. Lots of news that jewel lovers can admire. Like the Bulgari Flora High Jewelery necklace. “I chose this extraordinary object because it is a tribute to Italian manufacture and beauty. Bulgari is inspired by the paintings by Sandro Botticelli, whose eternal grace reverberates in this precious and delicate floral bouquet and the splendid manufacture exalts the Italian artisan ability “, explains Cappellieri.
The exhibition path winds through nine rooms, each of which has a different meaning of the jewel, in a pluralism of contents, eras, geographies and origins.
They are the jewel as Symbol, Magic, Function, Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design, Icons and Future, each, in the new edition, entrusted to an internationally renowned curator who has interpreted the meaning through precious and extraordinary beauty and priceless value.
Pascale Lepeu, director of the Cartier collection for over 30 years, has chosen the Symbol Room, which houses extraordinary jewels capable of telling the symbolic power of the ornaments. Symbol of power, wealth, religion, royalty, craftsmanship.
Cristina Boschetti, archaeologist, expert in artistic productions of the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean, has instead entrusted the Magic Room: amulets and protective talismans, propitiatory jewelry to ward off evil influences. For the Function Room Massimo Vidale, professor of Archeology at the University of Padua, was chosen to focus on the communication function of the jewel. From the jewels of the warriors of different cultures, to the rings and pendants used by the rappers.
The interpretation of the Beauty Room is curated by Patrizia di Carrobio, an expert in diamonds. For her, jewels transfer beauty to those who admire them. The theme is the game, in a fascinating mix of values, where high jewelry mixes with fashion jewelry. The Art Room was entrusted to Marie-José van den Hout, the Dutch gallery owner, founder of the Marzee gallery. The theme is gold and the story unfolds through the processes of experimentation of international artists, who have not been afraid to bring creativity and experimentation to the limit, obtaining surprising results.
In the Fashion Room, curated by Chichi Meroni, creative soul of the Arabesque Cult Store in Milan, there are bijoux created for fashion in the twenties and eighties, while the Sala Design has been curated by Alba Cappellieri with a selection dedicated to designers who have not explored other products that were not the jewel.
The Sala Icone is curated by Gabriele and Emanuele Pennisi, antique dealers in Milan specialized in antique jewelry: it hosts masterpieces from the past between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, icons of their times: from the nineteenth century frames to the admirable manufacture of enamel jewels, seals and portraits of famous people. The last room, dedicated to the theme of the Future, was curated by Olga Noronha, international fashion designer: from digital jewelry that modifies the body to invisible jewels that are grafted under the skin, from therapeutic jewels to home made jewels that can self-produce.