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Catalan Colors by Ramon Puig Cuyàs and Silvia Walz

Exhibition  /  05 Sep 2019  -  12 Oct 2019
Published: 29.08.2019
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The exhibition showcases the exceptional journey of two masters of contemporary jewellery, partners in life and partners in art. It is not the first time that Puig Cuyàs and Walz are honoured at the gallery, as a first show together was held in 2009. Couleurs Catalanes, however, is their first retrospective together. It will cover all series from the last 30 years since they met and highlight each of their impressive careers.

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Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Silvia Walz
Walz and Puig Cuyàs first met in 1988 when Silvia, of German origin, registered for a year at the Escola Massana, an art and design center in Barcelona. At the time, she was a student of the Hildesheim University of Sciences and Applied Arts, majoring in metal design. She soon decided to settle permanently in Spain, even though she remained a student of the Hildesheim University until 1991. Ramon, on the other side, had studied at the Escola Massana and started teaching soon after. He was named Head of the jewellery department in 1977.

Silvia and Ramon decided to settle together in a small port village in the south of Barcelona, facing the immensity of the sea and prompt to jump on a boat to wander the Mediterranean. Until very recently, they shared the same studio and that same inspiring view, working in close proximity while preserving their own artistic individuality.

Endowed with insatiable curiosity, always questioning and exploring, Ramon and Silvia create delicate and dynamic coloured pieces, imbued with a deep and mysterious poetic force. Each series tends to express an idea, an impression, an emotion or a vision that was their concern at a particular time. But the most obvious of their common trends may very well be the place given to humanity in their jewellery.
In Ramon’s work, the human is set in physical, mystical or celestial worlds that he relentlessly explores. Fuelled by his doubts and experiments, his pieces embody possible answers as well as they raise further questioning. Silvia, on the other hand, frames the human within dreamlike stories that provide a fabulous and sometimes very intimate setting. By doing so, she allows chance, emotions and memories to play a major role in giving her pieces astonishing strength and vitality. Though different, both Ramon and Silvia materialize their thoughts into stunning works of art, leading us into a playful and imaginative interior journey.

Both Walz and Puig Cuyàs participated in an impressive number of exhibitions through Europe and North America. Their work is on display in some of the most famous museum's collections such as Montreal Fine Arts Museum, New York Museum of Art and Design and London Victoria and Albert Museum. They also figure in numerous prestigious private collections.
Ramon and Silvia are not only dedicated teachers who worked their whole life to pass on their passion for jewellery. They also initiated and supported projects to raise awareness about Catalan and international contemporary jewellery. They play a very active role within the jewellery community and never fail to encourage young graduates by commissioning itinerary exhibitions, workshops and conferences.
The retrospective will display some one hundred pieces: Ramon’s poetry expresses itself in brooches, while Silvia works on brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Couleurs Catalanes happens to coincide with the publication last month of Ramon Puig Cuyàs, 30 years of contemporary jewellery, When jewellery becomes a metaphor. The book can be acquired at the gallery.
 
Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: Freya, N°610, 1998. Silver, nickel silver, wood, glass, shell, acrylic paint.. 8 x 7 x 2 cm. Photo by: Ramon Puig Cuyàs. From series: Archipelagos. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: Freya, N°610, 1998
Silver, nickel silver, wood, glass, shell, acrylic paint.
8 x 7 x 2 cm
Photo by: Ramon Puig Cuyàs
From series: Archipelagos
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Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: N°1056, 2005. Silver, melamine, tourmaline, amethyst, amber, coral.. 5 x 6 x 1 cm. Photo by: Ramon Puig Cuyàs. From series: Walled Gardens. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: N°1056, 2005
Silver, melamine, tourmaline, amethyst, amber, coral.
5 x 6 x 1 cm
Photo by: Ramon Puig Cuyàs
From series: Walled Gardens
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Ramon Puig Cuyás. Brooch: Nº 1807, 2018. Oxidized nickel silver, enamel on steel, plastic.. 7.5 x 6 x 2 cm. From series: Sounds from Earth. Ramon Puig Cuyás
Brooch: Nº 1807, 2018
Oxidized nickel silver, enamel on steel, plastic.
7.5 x 6 x 2 cm
From series: Sounds from Earth
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Silvia Walz. Brooch: Claire, 2013. Cork, stone, enamel, alpaca, copper.. Photo by: Silvia Walz. From series: New Ladies. Silvia Walz
Brooch: Claire, 2013
Cork, stone, enamel, alpaca, copper.
Photo by: Silvia Walz
From series: New Ladies
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Silvia Walz. Brooch: Crossing Mountains, 2018. Steel, enamel, silver.. Photo by: Silvia Walz. From series: Forgotten Spaces. Silvia Walz
Brooch: Crossing Mountains, 2018
Steel, enamel, silver.
Photo by: Silvia Walz
From series: Forgotten Spaces
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Silvia Walz. Brooch: The Elephant, 1991. Nickel silver, paper, silver.. Photo by: Silvia Walz. Silvia Walz
Brooch: The Elephant, 1991
Nickel silver, paper, silver.
Photo by: Silvia Walz
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