“The jewels of Giampaolo Babetto lend themselves to this twofold reading: They are ornaments of distinction that organize the visible and invisible elements of a subjective feeling that is at once a mirror-reflection and a mimesis. Indeed, Babetto makes this duality of immobility and movement, of identity and regeneration, of being and appearance, the very emblem of his research. He aspires to re-tie the knot between spirit and material, conjoining masculine and feminine, natural and artificial, past and present, in the purifying vortex of gold.”
Germano Celant, “Giampaolo Babetto”, Skira editore, 1996
Public collections: Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Museo degli Argenti, Florence; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo Maxxi, Rome.