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Mirabilia

Exhibition  /  10 Sep 2019  -  26 Oct 2019
Published: 12.08.2019
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Intro
The Robert Mazlo Endowment Fund for Art and Contemporary Jewellery presents MIRABILIA, hosted by LA Joaillerie par Mazlo in Paris. This collective and transdisciplinary exhibition brings together a dozen international contemporary jewelers and Magali Lambert, a French photographer and visual artist.

Artist list

Melanie Bilenker, Georg Dobler, Sam Tho Duong, Nicola Heidemann, Mariko Kusumoto, Julia Maria Künnap, Magali Lambert, Marie Masson, Märta Mattsson, Alejandra Solar, Gisbert Stach, Felieke van der Leest
The title of this exhibition evokes the phenomenon of the encyclopedic collection that appeared during the Renaissance with the studioli and in the Baroque period with the cabinets of curiosities. A paradoxical place, both dedicated to studying and presentation to the public, the cabinet of curiosities is the precursor of the modern museum. It materializes a certain vision of the universe and of knowledge through the gathering of wonders or admirable things. Specimens, rare and precious objects created by Nature (mineral, vegetal, animal) as well as by the genius of man are accumulated while cultivating a taste for the strange and the fabulous which will cause these first collections to be gradually overshadowed by the scientific advances of the Enlightenment.

However, this exhibition does not confine to a literal evocation of beauties and rarities from nature. On the contrary, it aims to question the contemporary notion of wonder, by emphasizing the feeling of strangeness and attraction-repulsion generated by works considered as a hybrid.
Whether formal - an association of techniques, materials, disparate disciplines - or metaphorical, hybridization is indeed a process of mutation of forms and practices that recurs in the field of contemporary artistic creation, and which works selected for this exhibition are unanimously echoing.
Moreover, the notion of hybridization seems to open the way to a new perspective in regard to the specific place occupied by jewellery on the art scene. At the crossroads of craft, design, and art, contemporary jewellery expresses itself through the diversity of know-how, materials and techniques, as well as through concepts and media (video, installation, performance, body art), thus escaping any attempt of definition and categorization. Acknowledging the singularity of this discipline through its irreducible hybridity could allow its emancipation from obsolete patterns that no longer correspond to either the reality or the deep aspirations of its practitioners. The performative dimension of jewellery, a preliminary object par excellence, placed at the margin, exposed on the body, offers, as Caroline Broadhead puts it the circumstances and territory to explore issues that arise at this junction of the personal, social and cultural which is also reminiscent of the dialogue between interiority and demonstration that characterizes the very principle of the cabinet of curiosities.

Opening

10th of September, 4 pm - 7 pm.
Sam Tho Duong. Necklace: Frozen, 2011. Oxidized silver, nylon, fresh water pearls.. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. From series: Frozen. Sam Tho Duong
Necklace: Frozen, 2011
Oxidized silver, nylon, fresh water pearls.
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
From series: Frozen
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Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Half Moonwolf, 2012. Textile, plastic animal, 18kt gold, Argentium®, silver, glass beads, leather, lead, hardboard.. Brooch: 10.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm; Rainbow base: 11 x 11 x 3.5 cm; Object: 14 x 11 x 11 cm.. Photo by: Felieke van der Leest. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Half Moonwolf, 2012
Textile, plastic animal, 18kt gold, Argentium®, silver, glass beads, leather, lead, hardboard.
Brooch: 10.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm; Rainbow base: 11 x 11 x 3.5 cm; Object: 14 x 11 x 11 cm.
Photo by: Felieke van der Leest
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Mariko Kusumoto. Brooch: Blue Bubble, 2019. Polyester fabric.. Photo by: Mariko Kusumoto. Mariko Kusumoto
Brooch: Blue Bubble, 2019
Polyester fabric.
Photo by: Mariko Kusumoto
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Gisbert Stach. Brooch: Golden Toasts #1, 2, 3, 5, 2013 - 2014. Baltic amber, silicone, onyx, steel.. Photo by: Gisbert Stach. Gisbert Stach
Brooch: Golden Toasts #1, 2, 3, 5, 2013 - 2014
Baltic amber, silicone, onyx, steel.
Photo by: Gisbert Stach
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Georg Dobler. Brooch: Untitled, 2006. Oxidized silver, smoky quartz. Beetles cast from nature.. Photo by: Georg Dobler. From series: À la R. Lalique. Georg Dobler
Brooch: Untitled, 2006
Oxidized silver, smoky quartz. Beetles cast from nature.
Photo by: Georg Dobler
From series: À la R. Lalique
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