On the 27th of September an exhibition dedicated to contemporary jewellery, presenting internationally renown jewellery artists, will be opening in the nineteenth-century greenhouses of Villa Magi-Diligenti, today called Tenimenti Luigi d’Alessandro.
Unlike jewellery made by artists, which often become miniatures of a “bigger” work, these precious pieces are thought through and realized by whom who dedicated himself to the art of making jewellery. In contemporary jewellery the focus is not only on aesthetics and wearability. By working on little details like the closure of a pin or the connection of a necklace the back of a piece gets as much importance as the front.
The world of contemporary jewellery is a complex one, having its internationally acknowledged artists and institutions. Exhibitions, museums, fairs like Design Miami/Basel have given the ornament a space to be finally acknowledged and appreciated by a wider public.
Contemporary jewellery as design or art, challenges its observer. Each piece is unique and requires special attention. There is no serialization. By wearing a piece on our body, we show a part of ourselves, creating immediately an interaction with others around us.
Contemporary jewellery is not simply an ornament or an accessory. It is a work of art. Whilst it adorns our body, the body itself becomes the exhibition space. It dictates a position, sometimes requires certain movements without which the piece cannot be worn. It interacts with our way of getting dressed, to the point that we get dressed for the piece.
Contemporary jewellery is difficult to describe, difficult to explain. The relationship that we have with a piece of jewellery is extremely personal and intimate. Our criteria by which we choose a piece of jewellery is absolutely private.
The first edition of The Bright House will bring unique pieces of jewellery, varying in materials such as gold, silver, niello and silk to the beautiful surroundings of Tenimenti d’Alessandro, in particular to its nineteenth-century greenhouses.