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Jewellery. Made By, Worn By

Exhibition  /  13 Dec 2017  -  03 Jun 2018
Published: 15.12.2017
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Intro
In its forthcoming winter exhibition, Museum Volkenkunde - the Netherlands’ national museum of ethnography - will be presenting the largest collection of jewellery ever to be displayed in a Dutch museum. Almost 1000 items of jewellery by designers from all over the world will guarantee a feast for the eye, as well as plenty of surprises and no small measure of wonder. As well as exploring how people around the world adorn themselves, the exhibition will also zoom in on the makers, the techniques they use, and the extraordinary stories of some of those who wear the jewellery.

Artist list

Amrapali, Manish Arora, Azza Fahmy, Robert Baines, Iris Bodemer, Esther Brinkmann, Hanne Bruun, Sébastien Carré, Cat priem, Chris Charteris, Johanna Dahm, Jane Dodd, Florie Dupont, Azza Fahmy, Karl Fritsch, Lewis Gardiner, Elvira Golombosi, Aurélie Guillaume, Jing He, Idiots, Wataru Ikeda, Akihiro Ikeyama, Anish Kapoor, Anish Kapoor, Rangi Kipa, Jenny Klemming, Daniel Kruger, Lore Langendries, Jorge Manilla, Märta Mattsson, Florian Milker, Motché, Chequita Nahar, Ted Noten, Noon Passama, Pichulik, Alan Preston, Cat Priem, Pat Pruitt, Anita Quansah, Tota Reciclados, Joyce J. Scott, Alejandra Solar, Elena Stonaker, Sofia Tekala-Smith, Sam Tho Duong, Terhi Tolvanen, Total Reciciados, Walka Studio, Julia Walter, Julia Walter, I Wayan Gade, Areta Wilkinson, I van Damme, Felieke van der Leest, Bibi van der Velden
Gold, silver, natural materials and glass
People’s need to adorn themselves is universal and as old as humanity itself. Every conceivable material is used for the purpose: shells, fruits, seeds, bone and stones, as well as the usual gold and silver, and of course precious stones like diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Jewellery makes people more attractive, and it often has a deeper meaning. But one aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the people who make the jewellery and the materials and techniques they use. This exhibition will change all that.
 
Ode to jewellers
The exhibition will thus be an ode to jewellery makers. Crafts and techniques that date back centuries, such as gold- and silversmithing, tell tales of culture, history and identity. The exhibition will feature the most beautiful items of jewellery from the collections of Museum Volkenkunde, the Africa Museum, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam and the Tropenmuseum, from delicate gold pieces made in Asia and South America, items made from a huge range of natural materials from Oceania, silver jewellery with special meanings from North America and the Middle East, to beadwork from Africa.
 
Old and new
Besides jewellery from its own collection, which spans several centuries, the museum will also be showing recent pieces by designers from all over the world. Their work demonstrates their love of traditional techniques, motifs and materials, which they use as inspiration for new applications, occasionally combining them with new techniques. This produces some exciting and impressive pieces, like the rings designed by Johanna Dahm, who learnt the Asante gold casting method from a master goldsmith in Ghana, West Africa.
 
One unique element of this exhibition is the five designers who have been invited to take a new look at the collection. In a workshop specially set up for them in the exhibition, they will make an item of jewellery inspired by the museum’s collection. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make a piece of jewellery to take home.

Read here a full Article by Vanessa de Gruijter, Assistant Curator.

Hours

Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays
10.00 - 17.00

During the school holidays the museum is also open on Mondays.
Closed on New Year's Day (1st January), Kings Day (27 April), Bevrijdingsdag (5 May), Leids Ontzet (3 October), Christmas Day (25 December).

Opening

from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Esther Brinkmann. Ring: Fragments of flowers, 2014. Enamel on gold 916.. 2.6 cm diameter, h 2.16 cm. Collaboration with Kamal Kumar in Jaipur in 2014.. Esther Brinkmann
Ring: Fragments of flowers, 2014
Enamel on gold 916.
2.6 cm diameter, h 2.16 cm
Collaboration with Kamal Kumar in Jaipur in 2014.
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Left: Ashante Paramount Chief Ghana. Image shot 1990; right: Johanna Dahm, ‘Ashanti’ rings, gold, 1998-2007, Zurich; Photography Lourens Smak.
Left: Ashante Paramount Chief Ghana. Image shot 1990; right: Johanna Dahm, ‘Ashanti’ rings, gold, 1998-2007, Zurich; Photography Lourens Smak

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Left: Kundan Meena necklace in the form of a peacock. Purchased from Surana Jewellers of Jaipur; right: Manish Arora in collaboration with Amrapali Jewellers, ‘Gazelle’ necklace; gilded metal, gold, enamel, turquoise, crystal; 2013; Jaipur, India, Photography Yannis Vlamos.
Left: Kundan Meena necklace in the form of a peacock. Purchased from Surana Jewellers of Jaipur; right: Manish Arora in collaboration with Amrapali Jewellers, ‘Gazelle’ necklace; gilded metal, gold, enamel, turquoise, crystal; 2013; Jaipur, India, Photography Yannis Vlamos

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Left: Solomon Islands, People of Pacific dressed in traditional costume; right: Alan Preston, bracelet; oyster shell, coconut, silver, gold; 1987; New Zealand.
Left: Solomon Islands, People of Pacific dressed in traditional costume; right: Alan Preston, bracelet; oyster shell, coconut, silver, gold; 1987; New Zealand

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Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. .
Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. 

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Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. .
Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. 

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Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. .
Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. 

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Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden with works from Sebastien Carré.
Exhibition view of Made By, Worn By at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden with works from Sebastien Carré

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Esther Brinkmann. Ring: Fragments of flowers, 2014. Enamel on gold 916.. 2.5 cm diameter, h 2.5 cm. Photo by: Esther Brinkmann. Collaboration with Kamal Kumar in Jaipur in 2014.. Esther Brinkmann
Ring: Fragments of flowers, 2014
Enamel on gold 916.
2.5 cm diameter, h 2.5 cm
Photo by: Esther Brinkmann
Collaboration with Kamal Kumar in Jaipur in 2014.
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