Gioielli in quanto ornamenti pregiati da sfoggiare, ma anche oggetti dal valore simbolico, legati o ispirati a persone care.

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È in questi termini che ci viene presentata la collezione Venet, per la prima volta in Italia. Si compone di 161 opere uniche, tutte create da noti artisti della seconda metà del XX secolo e contemporanei, il cui interesse per l’arte orafa è spesso sconosciuto al grande pubblico. Nomi celebri come Giacomo Balla, Georges Braque, Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, insieme a moltissimi altri, arricchiscono questa raccolta con le loro storie, le loro visioni e le individuali prese di posizione stilistiche.

L’approccio ad un’arte applicata come l’oreficeria è giocoso, sperimentale, maggiormente libero rispetto agli altri ambiti in cui gli autori si sono cimentati. I pezzi sono spesso unici o prodotti in serie limitate, creati per qualcuno in particolare, dunque molto caratterizzati, intimi. Mettono in discussione il significato e la funzione del gioiello, ma soprattutto la sua stessa definizione: ciò che viene considerato prezioso non è esclusivamente un manufatto composto di materie prime rare e costose, quanto piuttosto un oggetto che combini una maestria artigianale con una forte connotazione simbolica.

Picasso collected pebbles on the beach and then painted them as jewels for Dora Maar. He engraved the portrait of Marie Thérèse on pieces of bones. Giacometti made buttons for his friend Elsa Schiaparelli and then transformed them into brooches for his close friends. Frank Stella, out of friendship, first gave me an unique titanium necklace before accepting to work on a small edition of a spectacular gold rings. Germana Matta told me how Roberto carefully arranged a piece of jewelry himself, around her neck…These anecdotes show the specificity of these objects that combine both a personal history and the history of art.
Diane Venet

La collezione, come racconta la stessa Diane Venet, è nata quando il marito Bernar le pose al dito un sottile bastoncino d’argento come anello di nozze, ed è andata poi espandendosi nel corso degli anni tramite ricerche, incontri fortuiti e gioielli realizzati su misura.
Le creazioni, dopo New York, Atene, Valencia, Miami e Seoul, sono ora esposte nella mostra Precious – da Picasso a Jeff Koons, presso il VITRARIA Glass +A Museum di Venezia, nuovo spazio espositivo dedicato principalmente al vetro, ma anche aperto a contaminazioni ‘altre’.

8 febbraio – 12 aprile 2015
Inaugurazione sabato 7 febbraio 2015 ore 18.00

Precious – da Picasso a Jeff Koons
a cura di Diane Venet e Ewald Stastny
Vitraria Glass +A Museum

Jewels are precious ornaments to show off, but also objects of symbolic value, often linked to or inspired by loved ones.

It is in these terms that we are introduced to the Venet collection, in Italy for the first time. It consists of 161 unique works, all created by prestigious artists of the second half of the twentieth century as well as contemporary ones, whose interest in jewelry design is often unknown to the general public. Notorious names such as Giacomo Balla, Georges Braque, Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, along with many others, enrich this collection with their stories, their visions and individual stylistic stances.

The approach to an applied art such as goldsmithing is playful, experimental, and more liberating, if compared to other fields in which the authors have ventured. The pieces are unique or produced in limited series, created with a particular person in mind, and therefore very personal and intimate. They question the meaning and function of jewelry, and most of all, its own definition: what is considered precious cannot be only an artifact made of rare and expensive materials, but rather an object that combines craftsmanship with strong symbolic connotations.

Picasso collected pebbles on the beach and then painted them as jewels for Dora Maar. He engraved the portrait of Marie Thérèse on pieces of bones. Giacometti made buttons for his friend Elsa Schiaparelli and then transformed them into brooches for his close friends. Frank Stella, out of friendship, first gave me an unique titanium necklace before accepting to work on a small edition of a spectacular gold rings. Germana Matta told me how Roberto carefully arranged a piece of jewelry himself, around her neck…These anecdotes show the specificity of these objects that combine both a personal history and the history of art.
Diane Venet

The collection, as told by Diane Venet, was firstly conceived when her husband Bernar put a thin stick of silver onto her finger as a wedding ring, and it then went on expanding over the years through researches, fortuitous encounters and custom-made jewels.
The creations, after New York, Athens, Valencia, Miami and Seoul, are now on display in the exhibition Precious – from Picasso to Jeff Koons at the VITRARIA Glass + A Museum in Venice, a new art space mainly dedicated to glass design, but also open to other kinds of contaminations.

8 febbraio – 12 aprile 2015
Inaugurazione sabato 7 febbraio 2015 ore 18.00

Precious – da Picasso a Jeff Koons
a cura di Diane Venet e Ewald Stastny
Vitraria Glass +A Museum

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