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Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti by Robert Smit

Exhibition  /  11 May 2014  -  18 May 2014
Published: 24.04.2014
Robert Smit. Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013. Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm. 19x8x3,5 cm. Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013. Robert Smit
Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013
Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm
19x8x3,5 cm
Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.

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With the Golden Ring of Honour, the Association for Goldsmith's Art in Hanau honours the internationally renewed Dutch artist Robert Smit. On this occasion Galerie Rosemarie Jäger presents the latest jewelry work of the artist "Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti".

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Robert Smit
"I think I have become too much encapsulated in jewelry. I want to have it in balance, drawing and jewelry - they are so close to each other."
Robert Smit

With the Golden Ring of Honour, the Association for Goldsmith's Art in Hanau honours the internationally renewed Dutch artist Robert Smit. On this occasion the Galerie Rosemarie Jäger presents the latest jewelry work "Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti".

Golden Ring of Honor 2014 for Robert Smit, Amsterdam
With the Golden Ring of Honor, the Association for Goldsmiths’ Art in Hanau honors an internationally renowned artist every three years as a symbol of gratitude and public recognition. The circle of ring honorees has chosen the Dutch artist and jewelry designer Robert Smit as the 41st honoree.

On May 10, 2014, in Hanau, the most recently chosen past artist-honoree, Otto Künzli of Munich, will present the ring he created to Robert Smit. Smit is counted among the great pioneers of the jewelry avant-garde that began in the 1960’s in The Netherlands, Great Britain, and Germany.

Robert Smit was born in Delft in 1941. He completed his studies with honors (1963-1966) at the Staatliche Kunst- und Werkschule in Pforzheim and is now living in Amsterdam. Smit found the first inspirations for his artistic creativity in the work of the ZERO group, but most especially through meeting and his friendship with the Informel abstract expressionist artist Jan Schoonhoven. While many jewelry artists of the 1960/70s boycotted working in gold, the sumptuous material already had a special allure of its own for Smit, which has remained with him to the present through unconventional handling of the precious metal. Personal memories and reveries are captured in very independent sketches, in which the artist works with figural or abstract symbols either on paper or in gold. Since 2006 Robert Smit works with photocopying and computer graphic for his own use, in addition to sketches and paintings. This is also reflected in recent works on the theme of the “Madonna delle Dolomiti,” which refer to a song that Robert Smit listened to on a night journey through the Dolomites in August, 1980.

The work of Robert Smit has found recognition in numerous exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Belgium, among others. In 2000, the German Goldsmith’s House in Hanau showed the presentation Empty House in co-operation with other museums. In addition, exhibition participation at renowned institutions in Europe, Japan, Australia, and the United States should be mentioned. As a highly esteemed facilitator for art jewelry, Smit was invited between 1980 and 2008 as a guest professor to the most important educational institutions such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Royal College of Art in London, the Alchimia in Florence, and the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokio, among others. The work of Robert Smit has been honored twice with the Bavarian State Prize (1967, 2010) as well as with the highly esteemed Françoise van den Bosch Award (2004).

Opening

Private view: Sunday 11 May, 12am
The artist will be present

 

Hours

Fri 4 - 6 pm
Sat, Sun 1 - 4 pm
and by appointment
Robert Smit. Brooch: Letters to Madonna delle Dolomit, 1957-2010, 2014. Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm, gold. 18,5x7,4x3,5 cm. Robert Smit
Brooch: Letters to Madonna delle Dolomit, 1957-2010, 2014
Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm, gold
18,5x7,4x3,5 cm
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Robert Smit. Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013. Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm. 19x8x5cm. Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013. Robert Smit
Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013
Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm
19x8x5cm
Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Robert Smit. Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013. Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm. 19x8x5,5 cm. Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013. Robert Smit
Brooch: Letter to Madonna delle Dolomiti, 2013
Print on painted tin plate 0,2 mm
19x8x5,5 cm
Photography and digital post-production: Aldo Smit, 2013
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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