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Mesdames. Female portraits and contemporary features

Exhibition  /  05 May 2022  -  09 Jul 2022
Published: 03.06.2022
Mesdames. Female portraits and contemporary features.
Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia
Curator:
Eliana Negroni, Francesca Mo
Management:
Antonella Campagna
.

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Intro
AGC Italian Association for Contemporary Jewellery, in collaboration with the University Library of Pavia (Italy), conceived the special exhibition MESDAMES Female portraits and contemporary features, on the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte 1821-2021.

A series of Napoleonic era female portraits, by the Library’s precious collection of prints, inspired the juxtaposition of the works by contemporary jewellery designers.

Artist list

Sara Barbanti, Maura Biamonti, Luisa Chiandotto, Jeemie Jamie Chung, Corrado De Meo, Laura Forte, Maria Rosa Franzin, Stefano Fronza, Lucilla Giovanninetti, Francesca Mo, Kazumi Nagano, Liana Pattihis, Sara Progressi, Yoko Takirai, Ognyana Teneva, Caterina Zanca
The outline is built around female characters of the time, aristocrats, dames, artists, both close to Bonaparte or evoked by their neoclassical features. In the past two years, the bicentenary has been widely recalled for the special allure, the power and the charisma of Napoleon Bonaparte (btw - as King of Italy and Emperor he visited Pavia in 1805), and here the Napoleonic era fades into the ‘scenographic’ Salone Teresiano which hosts the exhibition of contemporary artists.
AGC’s commitment to promote the culture of jewellery research, makes today a new step with this intriguing imaginary dialogue between ancient portraits and contemporary works. The ladies of the time and the gaze of the gloomy sovereign are displayed with new features that emerge from a style going beyond the neoclassical. It is a language which reiterates once again the concept of ornament: out of time body ornaments.

Opening
Wednesday, May 4th at 5 pm

Free admission upon reservation https://affluences.com/biblioteca-universitaria-di-pavia-mic/reservation

Exhibition concept
Eliana Negroni AGC Association

In collaboration with
Antonella Campagna University Library of Pavia

Set up by
Francesca Mo Architect

Cover image
S.A. Federica Sofia Dorotea, Print XIXc., Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia; Helena Potocka Massalska, (detail) E.Vigée LeBrun, Warsaw National Museum; Angelica Kauffmann, self-portrait (detail), Hermitage Museum; Gocce/Drops necklace, Francesca Mo 2022

Special thanks
Francesco Chiodaroli, Fondazione Maria Cosway, Lodi; Monja Faraoni, Delegazioni FAI Lodi; Cecilia Pacini, Fondazione Villa Romana delle Grotte, Portoferraio; Gloria Peria, Gestione Archivi storici Isola d’Elba.

AGC Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo
A no-profit organization founded in 2004 to promote jewellery research through a proactive relationship with other art institutions and close contact with the international community. It enhances the quality and spreads the culture of contemporary jewellery with exhibitions, seminars, research projects and publications, fostering shared methodological approaches and aggregation for peers.
All present artists, both through AGC and individual paths, take part in international exhibitions and prestigious prizes and collections in the art jewellery field. For complete CVs please refer to the designer gallery on the website https://agc-it.org.
Sara Barbanti, ring Womb
. Charcoal, silver, gold
. 4 x 4 x 4 cm
. Portrait of Helena Potocka née Massalska (1763–1815) Vigée-Lebrun, Marie Elisabeth- Louise (1755-1842)
. Digital collections of the National Museum in Warsaw.
Sara Barbanti, ring Womb
Charcoal, silver, gold
4 x 4 x 4 cm
Portrait of Helena Potocka née Massalska (1763–1815) Vigée-Lebrun, Marie Elisabeth- Louise (1755-1842)
Digital collections of the National Museum in Warsaw

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Maura Biamonti, brooch Porpora 
. Oxidated silver, polymer
. 8 x 5 x 4 cm
. Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston via GAP (CC PD Art).
Maura Biamonti, brooch Porpora 
Oxidated silver, polymer
8 x 5 x 4 cm
Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston via GAP (CC PD Art)

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Luisa Chiandotto, necklace The eternal recurrence
. Sterling silver, steel, silicone, resin, pigments
. 120 x 22 x 1 ​cm
. S.M.I.R. Carolina Augusta BUPv Stampe.
Luisa Chiandotto, necklace The eternal recurrence
Sterling silver, steel, silicone, resin, pigments
120 x 22 x 1 ​cm
S.M.I.R. Carolina Augusta BUPv Stampe

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Jeemin Jamie Chung, brooch Summer flakes
. Brass, pigment, gold leaf
. 8 x 4.5 x 2.5 ​cm
. Elisabetta Principessa di Savoja- Carignano
. BUPv Stampe.
Jeemin Jamie Chung, brooch Summer flakes
Brass, pigment, gold leaf
8 x 4.5 x 2.5 ​cm
Elisabetta Principessa di Savoja- Carignano
BUPv Stampe

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Corrado De Meo, brooch White
. Silver, papier maché, acrylic paint
. 6 x 6 x 0.7 cm
. Unique piece, 2020
. La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe) .
Corrado De Meo, brooch White
Silver, papier maché, acrylic paint
6 x 6 x 0.7 cm
Unique piece, 2020
La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe) 

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Laura Forte, ring Untitled 
. Gold, pearls
. 2.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm
. Louisa Hammond by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), The Fitzwilliam Museum via ArtUK (CC BY-NC-ND)
.
Laura Forte, ring Untitled 
Gold, pearls
2.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm
Louisa Hammond by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), The Fitzwilliam Museum via ArtUK (CC BY-NC-ND)


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Maria Rosa Franzin, bracelet
. Silver, gold, plasticized photo prints
. 12 x 12 x 1.5 cm
. Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston via GAP (CC PD Art).
Maria Rosa Franzin, bracelet
Silver, gold, plasticized photo prints
12 x 12 x 1.5 cm
Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston via GAP (CC PD Art)

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Stefano Fronza, brooch Napoleone
. Lambda print on aluminium, titanium, iron, steel
. 7.5 x 6 x 1 ​cm
. S.A. I. Il Principe Napoleone Bonaparte BUPv Stampe.
Stefano Fronza, brooch Napoleone
Lambda print on aluminium, titanium, iron, steel
7.5 x 6 x 1 ​cm
S.A. I. Il Principe Napoleone Bonaparte BUPv Stampe

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Lucilla Giovanninetti, necklace NUMERO47 
. Viscose
. 60 x 15 x 8 ​cm
. S.M.I.R. Carolina Augusta BUPv Stampe.
Lucilla Giovanninetti, necklace NUMERO47 
Viscose
60 x 15 x 8 ​cm
S.M.I.R. Carolina Augusta BUPv Stampe

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Francesca Mo, necklace Arabesque | Gocce 
. Gold, amethyst, tourmaline
. 20 x 8 x 1 ​cm
. S.A. Federica Sofia Dorotea Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia BUPv Stampe.
Francesca Mo, necklace Arabesque | Gocce 
Gold, amethyst, tourmaline
20 x 8 x 1 ​cm
S.A. Federica Sofia Dorotea Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia BUPv Stampe

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Francesca Mo, ring Only for You | Waterfall
. Gold, diamonds
. 2 x 1.5 x 1 ​cm
. Maria Luigia, Principessa Imperiale, Arciduchessa d’Austria, Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla. BUPv Stampe.
Francesca Mo, ring Only for You | Waterfall
Gold, diamonds
2 x 1.5 x 1 ​cm
Maria Luigia, Principessa Imperiale, Arciduchessa d’Austria, Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla. BUPv Stampe

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Kazumi Nagano, brooch Untitled
. Silk, gold thread, nylon silk thread
. 9 x 9 x 4.5 ​cm
. S.A. Federica Sofia Dorotea Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia BUPv Stampe.
Kazumi Nagano, brooch Untitled
Silk, gold thread, nylon silk thread
9 x 9 x 4.5 ​cm
S.A. Federica Sofia Dorotea Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia BUPv Stampe

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Liana Pattihis, brooch/vessel In The Woods
. Porcelain pieces from a Japanese cup, fragments from a wine glass, silver, patinated silver chain, glass perfume vial with a screw top, fixing agent, stainless steel
. Patination, fabricated, upcycling
. 8.6 x 7.5 x 3 cm
. S.M. L’Imperatrice Maria Luigia, Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla etcetera BUPv Stampe.
Liana Pattihis, brooch/vessel In The Woods
Porcelain pieces from a Japanese cup, fragments from a wine glass, silver, patinated silver chain, glass perfume vial with a screw top, fixing agent, stainless steel
Patination, fabricated, upcycling
8.6 x 7.5 x 3 cm
S.M. L’Imperatrice Maria Luigia, Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla etcetera BUPv Stampe

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Sara Progressi, ring Madame Joséphine
. Silver, hematite
. 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 ​cm
. Carlo Dell’Acqua, L’Imperatore de’francesi Napoleone I e l’Augusta Sua consorte Giuseppina nel maggio 1805 in Pavia,
. Ed. Cogliati Milano 1905, pag.10.
Sara Progressi, ring Madame Joséphine
Silver, hematite
3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 ​cm
Carlo Dell’Acqua, L’Imperatore de’francesi Napoleone I e l’Augusta Sua consorte Giuseppina nel maggio 1805 in Pavia,
Ed. Cogliati Milano 1905, pag.10

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Yoko Takirai & Pietro Pellitteri, brooch The crown 
. Iron, silver, steel, rubber
. 6 x 6 x 2 ​cm
. La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe).
Yoko Takirai & Pietro Pellitteri, brooch The crown 
Iron, silver, steel, rubber
6 x 6 x 2 ​cm
La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe)

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Ognyana Teneva brooch Transmogrification 
. Silver, recycled coffee package
. 15 x 12 x 3 ​cm
. La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe).
Ognyana Teneva brooch Transmogrification 
Silver, recycled coffee package
15 x 12 x 3 ​cm
La Corona Ferrea (BUPv Stampe)

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Caterina Zanca, earrings Presenze d’oro 
. Silver, enamel, pure gold leaf, pigment
. 5 x 3 x 1 ​cm
. Elisabetta Principessa di Savoja- Carignano BUPv Stampe 2 x.
Caterina Zanca, earrings Presenze d’oro 
Silver, enamel, pure gold leaf, pigment
5 x 3 x 1 ​cm
Elisabetta Principessa di Savoja- Carignano BUPv Stampe 2 x

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