In Memoriam of Bruno Martinazzi

Exhibition  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019  /  28 Feb 2019  -  23 Mar 2019
Published: 05.03.2019
In Memoriam of Bruno Martinazzi.
Maurer Zilioli Contemporary Arts
Ellen Maurer Zilioli
Bruno Martinazzi and sculptures..
Bruno Martinazzi and sculptures.

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I believe that my actions are searching for signs to be able to grow, to become more humane and free, to bear witness with art to man as the being that can wrest something from the panta rhei (flowing of everything, Heraclitus), from coming into being, something that cannot expire, something with which heaven becomes more buoyant.
/ Bruno Martinazzi.

Artist list

Giampaolo Babetto, Mia Maljojoki, Bruno Martinazzi, Wolfgang Rahs, Bernhard Schobinger, Robert Smit, Fabrizio Tridenti, Graziano Visintin
This exhibition can but lay down a marker against the ruthless act of forgetting and in doing so it commemorates a great personality of international auteur jewellery who has recently left us: Bruno Martinazzi (1923–2018)

Martinazzi stood out from this milieu like a solitaire, an artist-philosopher, a humanist, an advocate of an inimitable aesthetic of timeless beauty of Mediterranean influence. It was never Martinazzi’s will to engage in trends, movements or the renunciation of classic goldsmithing materials; he can nonetheless still be regarded as a protagonist in a new orientation in jewellery which began in the 1960s. He held the untiring conviction that word, beauty, memory, tradition and its up-to-date artistic invocation and literary philosophical pervasion could, ultimately, even prevent wars, promote peace and create meaning in life. 

Born in Turin in 1923, from a cultured family, aware early on of the cultural heritage of italianità, of its message and significance between references to Antiquity and modern commentary, filled with a curiosity for painting, music and reading, engaged as a young partisan against the fascist regime, a half-orphan on account of losing his father as a child and later his beloved sister – it was under these auspices that the course was set for a very special kind of creativity and ethical stance.  

His fields of creativity include relief, sculpture, jewellery, and written forms of expression. He moved within a self-imposed well-ordered radius of motifs. The apparently faultless, seemingly classical appearance of his works in gold or stone, however, indeed harbours the experience of rupture, harm and the dissolution of uniformity and of the homogenous figure. Here his adoption of Antiquity clashes with the present, creating an exciting interplay both in individual works as well as within his oeuvre as a whole.
For Martinazzi it was always about being a bridge, connecting the past with the future, through symbols, through embedding references that, on the one hand, refer to mythological tales and, on the other, epitomise fissures and injury in an artistic concept of man, in the concept of the world in the aftermath of two world wars. Thus his goal is therefore not a harmless repetition of what is already established but rather a subtle thematic visualisation between perfection and imperfection. Cut, caesura, fragmentation as artistic practices commonly run throughout his work. They mark the boundaries between imagination and tangible existence, between reality and metamorphosis. Seen this way Martinazzi in no way serves conventional concepts of the jewellery tradition, even if the splendour of gold virtually and unavoidably leads or seduces us in this direction. For he invented his own universe, populated by witnesses to this complex, continual process that sought to overcome mere subject matter while remaining rooted within it. 

Exhibition's invited guests, Giampaolo Babetto, Mia Maljojoki, Wolfgang Rahs, Bernhard Schobinger, Robert Smit, Fabrizio Tridenti, and Graziano Visintin, pay personal homage to Bruno Martinazzi with works made especially available for this exhibition. Even though he did not preside in a strict sense over any school, Martinazzi was nevertheless admired and venerated by the most diverse of generations. His indefeasibility, his undeniable ethical stance, his unswerving artistic idiom have all indirectly and on an international scale left their mark.


Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th: 11 am – 5 pm.
Tuesday, March 12th - Sunday, March 17th: 11 am – 7 pm. 
Regular opening hours: Monday to Friday - 2 pm to 7 pm; Saturday - 11 am to 4 pm.
Bruno Martinazzi. Necklace: Memory and desire. Gold 20K, 18K.. 6.5 x 7 cm. Bruno Martinazzi
Necklace: Memory and desire
Gold 20K, 18K.
6.5 x 7 cm
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Bruno Martinazzi. Necklace: Appiglio. Gold 20K, 18K.. 16.5 x 16 cm. Bruno Martinazzi
Necklace: Appiglio
Gold 20K, 18K.
16.5 x 16 cm
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Fabrizio Tridenti. Ring: Untitled, 2019. Brass, paint.. Fabrizio Tridenti
Ring: Untitled, 2019
Brass, paint.
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Giampaolo Babetto. Earrings: Anima, 2016. Gold 750.. Giampaolo Babetto
Earrings: Anima, 2016
Gold 750.
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Robert Smit. Necklace: Inverted Balance, 2018. Ink on canvas, tinplate, silver.. Robert Smit
Necklace: Inverted Balance, 2018
Ink on canvas, tinplate, silver.
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Graziano Visintin. Object: Untitled, 2019. Silver 800, oxidised.. Graziano Visintin
Object: Untitled, 2019
Silver 800, oxidised.
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