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Precious Thoughts 3

Exhibition  /  16 Dec 2006  -  04 Mar 2007
Published: 21.02.2007
Oratorio di San Rocco
Place
Via Santa Lucia
Padova
ITALY
Mail:
infoculturaE-mailcomune.padova.it
Phone:
049 8204527
Management:
Mirella Cisotto Nalon Alessandra De Lucia
Daniel Kruger. Brooch: Untitled, 1998. 750 gold, turquoise, chrysoprase. 2.5 x 7.0 x 4.5 cm. Daniel, KrugerBrooch: 1998750 gold, turquoise, chrysoprase2.5 x 7.0 x 4.5 cm. Daniel Kruger
Brooch: Untitled, 1998
750 gold, turquoise, chrysoprase
2.5 x 7.0 x 4.5 cm


Daniel, Kruger
Brooch: 1998
750 gold, turquoise, chrysoprase
2.5 x 7.0 x 4.5 cm

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Intro
(...) an initiative aimed at comparing the development of the expression of contemporary artists from various schools and countries (...)


Assembly, Geometry, Myth and Memory in the jewellery of Kruger, Peters, Puig Cuyàs and Visintin

The City of Padova, thanks to its established tradition of gold-working and jewellery stemming from the Istituto Statale d’Arte “Pietro Selvatico”, and to the many exhibitions at international level organised by its Department for Cultural Affairs, is now recognised as a worthy representative of Italy within the ambit of contemporary European jewellery.
After the success of the previous two editions, Padova now presents the third edition of Pensieri Preziosi – Precious Thoughts, an initiative aimed at comparing the development of the expression of contemporary artists from various schools and countries, all working in the field of artistic jewellery.
The two previous editions aroused great interest not only among connoisseurs, experts, those working in the sector, and collectors, but also among the public, which began to appreciate the fascinating world of modern jewellery.
The formula is the same: comparison and dialogue between artists of the same generation. Opening in December, Precious Thoughts will present the works of four internationally known artists: Daniel Kruger (Germany), Ruudt Peters (Holland), Ramon Puig Cuyàs (Spain) and Graziano Visintin (Italy). All are teachers in their respective countries: Kruger at the University of Arts and Design at Halle, Peters at the Gerrit Rietveld school/academy in Amsterdam, Puig Cuyàs at La Massana in Barcellona, and Visintin at the “Pietro Selvatico” State Institute of Art in Padova, and all clearly represent the formal tendencies and thinking of their affiliations.
About thirty pieces by each artist will be displayed at the 16th-century Oratory of St. Roch, already a jewel in itself, and now traditionally the venue of exhibitions of contemporary jewellery.
The search for and experimentation with original lines, innovative, bold materials, and new interpretations are all typical of these artists. Although they come from four very different European countries, they all have in common their training, directed towards anti-conformism and a wish to abandon any already established path, in order to achieve provocative, unexpected solutions, in line with the cultural and social fervour which swept Europe and America in the second half of the last century.
Although with very different philosophies and ways of expression, dictated by the diversity of their personal choices, lives and thoughts, the four artists start from the same assumption: a jewel loses its original significance as a decorative object, a symbol of social prestige, wealth and power, and takes on a more conceptual role, becoming the privileged expression of deep reflection, study, emotion, technical expertise and creativity.
The choice to use “poor”, humble materials, subdued in aspect, sometimes very similar to the waste and relicts of modern civilisation, or to tubers or stones encrusted with dirt or salt, allows the object to be divested of its old pretence of being “precious goods”, and to become enriched with other meanings, thus obliging its wearer to focus attention on its form and on the inner motives which caused it to come into being.
The artists, in their formal choices, oscillate between remaining constant to the pure, essential forms of geometry, seen as harmony, elegance and equilibrium, and the most absolute creativity. This gives rise to the most disparate of forms, assemblies of heterogeneous materials, and organic creations, which seem to germinate, multiply, dissolve and decay, almost as if they had lives of their own. 



Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: Caryatid, 1989. Silver, acrylic colour, patinated. 13.5 x 6.5 cm. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: Caryatid, 1989
Silver, acrylic colour, patinated
13.5 x 6.5 cm
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Daniel Kruger. Necklace: Untitled, 2001. 750 gold, glass beads. 46 cm long. Daniel, KrugerNecklace / neckpiece: 2001750 gold, glass beads46 cm long. Daniel Kruger
Necklace: Untitled, 2001
750 gold, glass beads
46 cm long


Daniel, Kruger
Necklace / neckpiece: 2001
750 gold, glass beads
46 cm long

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Ruudt Peters. Brooch: Nefesh, 2006. Silver, glass. 160 x 105 x 65 mm. Sefiroth series. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: Nefesh, 2006
Silver, glass
160 x 105 x 65 mm
Sefiroth series
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 2003. Yellow 18K gold, niello, blue and red enamel. 15 x 6.3 cm. Graziano, VisintinBrooch: 2003Yellow 18K gold, niello, blue and red enamel15 x 6.3 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 2003
Yellow 18K gold, niello, blue and red enamel
15 x 6.3 cm


Graziano, Visintin
Brooch: 2003
Yellow 18K gold, niello, blue and red enamel
15 x 6.3 cm

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Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: Una parella reial, 1993. Silvered and patinated nichel, gold and silver leaf. 7 x 6 cm. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: Una parella reial, 1993
Silvered and patinated nichel, gold and silver leaf
7 x 6 cm
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Daniel Kruger. Ring: Untitled, 2003. 750 gold, meteorite, diamonds. 4.5 x 3.0 x 4.5 cm. Daniel, KrugerRing: 2003750 gold, meteorite, diamonds4.5 x 3.0 x 4.5 cm. Daniel Kruger
Ring: Untitled, 2003
750 gold, meteorite, diamonds
4.5 x 3.0 x 4.5 cm


Daniel, Kruger
Ring: 2003
750 gold, meteorite, diamonds
4.5 x 3.0 x 4.5 cm

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Ruudt Peters. Ring: Mibladen, 1994. Silver, sandrose. 6 x 3 x 4 cm. Ouroboros series. Ruudt Peters
Ring: Mibladen, 1994
Silver, sandrose
6 x 3 x 4 cm
Ouroboros series
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Graziano Visintin. Ring: Untitled, 1985. Yellow and white 18K gold. 3 cm wide, ? 7.2 cm. Graziano, VisintinRing: 1985Yellow and white 18K gold3 cm wide, Ø 7.2 cm. Graziano Visintin
Ring: Untitled, 1985
Yellow and white 18K gold
3 cm wide, ? 7.2 cm


Graziano, Visintin
Ring: 1985
Yellow and white 18K gold
3 cm wide, Ø 7.2 cm

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Ruudt Peters. Necklace: Prima materia, 1997. Iron, copper, lead, tin, silver gold. 5 x 23 x 23 cm. Lapis series. Ruudt Peters
Necklace: Prima materia, 1997
Iron, copper, lead, tin, silver gold
5 x 23 x 23 cm
Lapis series
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Graziano Visintin. Bracelet: Untitled, 1980. Yellow 18K gold, niello. ? 9.8 cm. Graziano, VisintinBracelet: 1980Yellow 18K gold, nielloØ 9.8 cm. Graziano Visintin
Bracelet: Untitled, 1980
Yellow 18K gold, niello
? 9.8 cm


Graziano, Visintin
Bracelet: 1980
Yellow 18K gold, niello
Ø 9.8 cm

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Ramon Puig Cuyàs. Brooch: Fragment, 1990. Patinated bronze. 5.0 x 7.5 cm. from the series entitled Memories of Atlantis. Ramon Puig Cuyàs
Brooch: Fragment, 1990
Patinated bronze
5.0 x 7.5 cm
from the series entitled Memories of Atlantis
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