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Bruno Martinazzi. An Artist Philosopher in Jewelry

Exhibition  /  19 Nov 2021  -  13 Feb 2022
Published: 15.11.2021
Bruno Martinazzi. An Artist Philosopher in Jewelry.
GfG
Curator:
Ellen Maurer Zilioli
Management:
Christianne Weber-Stöber
Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Kaos, 1993. 833 gold, 750 gold.. Photo by: Manuel Ocaña. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Kaos, 1993
833 gold, 750 gold.
Photo by: Manuel Ocaña
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Intro
More than 100 objects, including previously unknown rarities from the archive of Bruno Martinazzi (1923 –2018) in Turin, cast light on the central guiding concepts of this goldsmith and sculptor. They reflect an asthetic that can be situated between modernity and classicism. Martinazzi's works are world-famous and open to rediscovery time and time again.

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Bruno Martinazzi
Goldsmith and sculptor Bruno Martinazzi (1923 Turin – 2018 Ansedonia) is one of the foremost historical personalities in international jewelry. This medium was not even his first choice, though. He was equally fond of music and painting as of literature and poetry: inclinations which were virtually instilled in him at birth. Born into a highly regarded family in Turin in 1923, he went on to pursue studies in chemistry and to work in the textile industry, before turning his hand to goldsmithing. His earliest works therefore testify influences by abstract art movements of the postwar period, such as Tachisme and Informel.

However, Martinazzi truly achieved his calling, with his distinct thumbprint, in the 1960s with the body fragment motif, which went on to dominate his oeuvre in the widest array of manifestations. It became his “trademark”: pithy excerpts, expressive details of mouth, posterior, foot, hand, eye, demonstrating not solely sculptural presence, but as a metaphorical sign, as “pars pro toto”, referring to the whole, to Creation, to becoming and passing, functioning as their symbols and deliberately enthroned as such by Martinazzi. He strove always to penetrate matter, to achieve a fusion of beauty and intellect, aesthetics and philosophy.
 
He was accompanied on this path by writings and texts from occidental history, predominantly by Plato or, for instance, Dante, Augustine, Ovid, Petrarch, but also T.S. Eliot and Kant. His worldview fused antiquity and modernity into one deep texture, which was intended to unite and illustrate humanism, critical ethics, and innovation in contemporary beautiful, indeed seductive pieces of jewelry. Martinazzi devoted himself to reading not as a systematic theorist, but as a creative collector. In correspondence with his sources, his jewelry draws up aphorisms, as it were; appearing there, for instance, are “Dio fanciullo", “Afrodite”, “Angelo”, “Icaro”, “Narcisso”, “Kaos”, the hand participating in Creation, the destructive fist. In gold (and stone), Martinazzi conjures reduced, abstract images, which originate in his cosmos of archetypes; he formulates paraphrases of a great Creation idea. Not by coincidence does Fritz Falk, formerly director of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, define this singular jewelry artist as a humanist, committed to the ideal of Renaissance Man.

Man is, without a doubt, at the heart of Martinazzi’s thinking and creating. He cultivated a culture and attitude that appear, in the 21st century, antagonistic to the frenetic and media-centric present day. Yet his statements in jewelry touch upon the phenomenon of memes, images or videos that go viral on the Internet, in our cyber world. It is a return of myths and symbols that survived whole eons, reinterpreted and transformed and simply unbeatable in their constancy and brilliance.
 
Martinazzi was revered and appreciated in Germany from the beginning.  He received awards and distinctions: for example, in 1965, the State Award of Bavaria and, in 1987, the Ring of Honor of the Association of Goldsmiths' Art. Numerous exhibitions were added to these.

In thematically divided tableaux, the exhibition at the German Goldsmiths' House Hanau follows the artist’s central ideas and, with more than 100 objects, some previously unseen, as well as drawings and statements from the Archivio Martinazzi in Turin, affords insights into the ramifications and secrets of his timeless jewelry creation.


Curated by Ellen Maurer Zilioli.
In partnership with the Archivio Martinazzi, Turin.

Opening:
18 Nov 2021, 5 - 8 pm.
 
Bruno Martinazzi. Bracelet: Goldfinger, 1969. White gold 18K, gold 20K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Bracelet: Goldfinger, 1969
White gold 18K, gold 20K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Atleta, 1987. Silver 750, gold 18K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Atleta, 1987
Silver 750, gold 18K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Guerrieri, 1966. Gold 20K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Guerrieri, 1966
Gold 20K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Marinazzi. Brooch: Marce della  pace, 1967. Gold 20K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Marinazzi
Brooch: Marce della pace, 1967
Gold 20K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Mela, 1970. Gold 18K, silver.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Mela, 1970
Gold 18K, silver.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Reversibilità, 1993. White gold 18K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Reversibilità, 1993
White gold 18K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Sybilla, 2007. Gold 20K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Sybilla, 2007
Gold 20K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Venus, 1987. Gold 20K, gold 18K.. Photo by: Fabrizio Pece. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Venus, 1987
Gold 20K, gold 18K.
Photo by: Fabrizio Pece
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Bruno Martinazzi and sculptures. Photo by the artist..
Bruno Martinazzi and sculptures. Photo by the artist.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck by Christianne Weber-Stöber.

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Dr. Ellen Maurer Zilioli. Kunsthistorikerin, Kuratorin, Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates des Archivs Bruno Martinazzi, Turin.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck, by Torsten Bröhan, Bröhan Design Foundation, Berlin.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck, by Barbara Paris Gifford, Associate Curator Museum of Arts and Design New York City.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck, by Karl Bollmann, Freund Bruno Martinazzi.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck, by Dr. Pravu Mazumdar Wissenschaftler und Essayist in München.

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Bruno Martinazzi. Ein Künstlerphilosoph im Schmuck, by Cornelie Holzach, Leiterin Schmuckmusem Pforzheim.

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