Marjan Unger Tribute

Exhibition  /  Sieraad2019  /  07 Nov 2019  -  10 Nov 2019
Published: 14.10.2019
Marjan Unger Tribute.
Gasholder WesterGasfabriek
John de Greef
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Paul Derrez. Brooch: Pil Roulette, 2003. Aluminium, perspex, silver.. Paul Derrez
Brooch: Pil Roulette, 2003
Aluminium, perspex, silver.
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Marjan Unger (1946-2018) was a well known Dutch art historian, writer, curator, teacher, design expert and a collector of jewellery but most of all a very dedicated promoter of jewellery design.

Artist list

Melvin Anderson, Gijs Bakker, Paul Derrez, Mieke Groot, Maria Hees, Beppe Kessler, Chequita Nahar, Evert Nijland, Willem Noyons, Ruudt Peters, Marleen Rameckers, Ravage, Felieke van der Leest
A warm, kind and humorous lady who was always curious and ready to cross boundaries. She was a researcher, studied art history and completed her doctoral dissertation, but she also did an excellent job to place jewellery in its daily context. Her broad view on jewellery is reflected in her many publications of which the latest was called Jewellery Matters. Also the title of a successful symposium held at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam in Autumn 2017 of which Marjan was one of the organisers. Marjan and her husband Gerard Unger (1942-2018), a world renowned typeface designer, donated a substantial collection of Dutch jewellery to the Rijksmuseum.

Sadly Marjan passed away last year. To honour this dear and wise friend the 18th edition of SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair will hold a Marjan Unger Tribute in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. A special exhibition of thirteen well known jewellery designers and their specific personal design that connects them with the versatile Marjan Unger.

The Marjan Unger Tribute will be curated by John de Greef, a fashion writer and dear friend of Marjan. He finds it heartwarming to receive so many enthusiastic reactions from the designers and to hear about the very special place Marjan Unger had in their careers. Everybody reacts with a sincere “It’s a real honour to participate!”. And the same is true for me!
Ruudt Peters. Necklace: PASSIO “Machiavelli”, 1992. Silk, silver.. Photo by: Rob Versluys. Ruudt Peters
Necklace: PASSIO “Machiavelli”, 1992
Silk, silver.
Photo by: Rob Versluys
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Melvin Anderson. Necklace: Untitled, 2019. Glass. Melvin Anderson
Necklace: Untitled, 2019
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Beppe Kessler. Bracelet: Reddish, 1986. Plastic bag.. Ø 10 cm. Beppe Kessler
Bracelet: Reddish, 1986
Plastic bag.
Ø 10 cm
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Evert Nijland. Necklace: Rococo Naturae, 2009. Porselein, linen.. Evert Nijland
Necklace: Rococo Naturae, 2009
Porselein, linen.
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Felieke van der Leest. Object: Jer & Tommy, 2017. Textile, plastic animals, silver, glass beads, synth. ruby, steel.. Mouse: 9 x 12 x 5 cm, Brooch: 8 x 8 x 4 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Object: Jer & Tommy, 2017
Textile, plastic animals, silver, glass beads, synth. ruby, steel.
Mouse: 9 x 12 x 5 cm, Brooch: 8 x 8 x 4 cm
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Meke Groot. Bracelet: Flame, 2019. Glass, enamel, gold leaf, silver.. Meke Groot
Bracelet: Flame, 2019
Glass, enamel, gold leaf, silver.
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Chequita Nahar. Necklace: Blaw Klara, 2019. Porcelain, clay beads, cord.. 105 x 2.8 cm. Chequita Nahar
Necklace: Blaw Klara, 2019
Porcelain, clay beads, cord.
105 x 2.8 cm
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