Bron by Ruudt Peters in Tallinn

Exhibition  /  16 Jun 2018  -  09 Sep 2018
Published: 01.06.2018
Design Museum Tallinn

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The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design presents for the first time in Estonia, the work of legendary Dutch jeweller Ruudt Peters at a retrospective exhibition BRON (SPRING). BRON gives an overview of Peters’ rebellious jewellery from the early seventies to the more profound works based on the exploration of other cultures, customs and habits from a more recent period. His work is exhibited in a special multimedia installation that offers a unique view on his oeuvre.

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Ruudt Peters
Curiosity about the essence and mystery of human existence forms the foundation of Peters' work. He continuously researches other cultures, philosophies, religions, and materials. He observes, explores and interprets. His findings are the basis for which he creates jewellery and objects that are never literal translations of what he sees, but materializations and internalisations of his own thoughts and imagination.

Peters' main questions are focused on religion, philosophy and alchemy and how they relate to him. He manages to turn these questions into art with a highly recognizable visual idiom. Peters: “All my jewellery is interconnected and springs from a flowing process of events and various sources of inspiration. Cause and effect. Action-reaction. Falling down and getting up. Uncertainty. Discovery. Curiosity. This together forms the BRON exhibition at Legnica Culture Centre, an exhibition that does not only offer an overview of my work but also explores my sources of inspiration. In addition, short films, which can be called up through QR codes, enable the spectator to discover a deeper layer in my work.” 

Because Peters did not feel at home in the highly dogmatic climate that characterised his craft during the seventies, he switched from jewellery to sculpture. It is no coincidence, then, that Peters has been exhibiting his work in installation forms since the nineties. At the time, he was one of the first jewellery artists who considered jewellery and the way it is presented to be of equal importance.

Thus Peters presents his jewellery to the spectator in a logical and stimulating context. With his much-discussed and striking installation presentations, he did not only make the installation form part of his idiosyncratic signature; he also shows how important the actual surroundings and context are for jewellery as sculpture.


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Ruudt Peters. Brooch: Dusza, 2016. Glass, silver, polyester, graphite.. 14.2 x 14.2 x 0.8 cm. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: Dusza, 2016
Glass, silver, polyester, graphite.
14.2 x 14.2 x 0.8 cm
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Ruudt Peters. Brooch: IAM “terram 2015”, 1976 - 2015. Goldplated silver, RenShape, gold leaf.. 12 x 5 x 9 cm. From series: IAM. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: IAM “terram 2015”, 1976 - 2015
Goldplated silver, RenShape, gold leaf.
12 x 5 x 9 cm
From series: IAM
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Ruudt Peters. Brooch: Corpus Cauda, 2011. Polyurethan, silver. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: Corpus Cauda, 2011
Polyurethan, silver
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Ruudt Peters. Necklace: Nero, 2008. Glass, wood. Ruudt Peters
Necklace: Nero, 2008
Glass, wood
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Ruudt Peters. Necklace: Separatio, 1997. Silver. Ruudt Peters
Necklace: Separatio, 1997
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Ruudt Peters. Bracelet: Mary Lebow, 1990. Silver. Ruudt Peters
Bracelet: Mary Lebow, 1990
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Ruudt Peters. Bracelet: Capital Corner, 1983. Screened formica,  steel.. Ruudt Peters
Bracelet: Capital Corner, 1983
Screened formica,  steel.
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Ruudt Peters. Ring: Squeeze, 1973. Acrylic, rubber.. Ruudt Peters
Ring: Squeeze, 1973
Acrylic, rubber.
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