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Precious Thoughts Monographs. The day and the works by Graziano Visintin

Exhibition  /  29 Nov 2014  -  15 Feb 2015
Published: 08.01.2015
Oratory of San Rocco
Curator:
Mirella Cisotto Nalon
Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 1974. Gold, onyx. 4.5 x 4.5 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 1974
Gold, onyx
4.5 x 4.5 cm
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Intro
The Department for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Padua presents a new exhibition dedicated to the contemporary jeweller Graziano Visintin. The exhibition celebrates the 40th year of the artist career and will exhibit over one hundred of his works, from his early productions in the 1970s up to new, previously unseen, pieces.

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Graziano Visintin
The Department for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Padua is proud to present the contemporary jewellery exhibition precious thoughts which, ten years on from its first edition, will this year be dedicated to the great Paduan master, Graziano Visintin.
Starting out as a student, then a master at the “Pietro Selvatico” arts school, he saw Mario Pinton as the founder of the so-called Paduan school of goldsmithing. This year, Visintin is celebrating the 40th year of his career, full of countless artistic successes in the field of international goldwork.

Through the exhibition Precious thoughts monographs. Graziano Visintin. The day and the works taking place at the prestigious sixteenth-century Oratory of San Rocco from 29 November 2014 to 15 February 2015, the Municipal Council wanted to celebrate the long creative development of this artist, exhibiting over one hundred of his works, from his early years in the 1970s up to the present day. Visitors will not only be able to explore the origins and evolution of this forty-year path of production, but they can also marvel at his sketches, the preparatory drawings which accompanied the artist through the various stages of conception, design and creation of his jewellery. Previously unseen works will also be on display, so visitors will be able to appreciate Visintin’s approach to miniature sculptures, which he has focused on particularly in recent years.

A goldsmith, one of the most internationally famous Paduan artists in the field of contemporary research jewellery, known as the master of niello and of “lightness”, Graziano Visintin explains the concept of measurement, a sense of rhythm and equilibrium with absolute simplicity of form, so much so that critics have placed him among the most important exponents of Minimalism in goldwork.

Highly refined in his use of an essential language, based on primary geometric codes, he found his signature style in lightness, obtained from a sophisticated reduction of volume, and in the sacrifice of all decorative aspects. The glistening of the gold, which he uses extensively, is enhanced through the use of the dark brown of niello, a particular feature throughout all his work.
Once he had graduated from the Pietro Selvatico Arts Institute in 1973, his early work focused on the classical concept of harmony and proportion, following in the footsteps of his Masters, Mario Pinton, Francesco Pavan and Giampaolo Babetto. He produced brooches, rings and bracelets from alternating basic geometric shapes, such as squares, rectangles, cubes and tetrahedrons which were aligned, intersected or overlapped in a rhythmic alternation of solids and voids.  He experimented with elegant combinations of materials and colours, contrasting the brightness of the gold, an element that he never left, with the compactness of the ebony, ivory and niello surfaces.

In the 1980s, when his forms became more elongated, the volumes were lightened and dematerialized to the point where they became outlines, producing jewellery without weight, clear, clean, accomplished and perfect in its simplicity. At the same time, however, he focused on a sense of movement, which was created by a careful use of geometry. Towards the end of the decade, his experimentation moved to the tonal vibrations of compositions in gold thread; the previous rigid lines gradually became softer, closing up and tapering off to then expand.

Then in the 1990s, while maintaining his purely essential language, Visintin added a strong pictorial emphasis to his work, created by his now consummate use of niello finishing, which he used for the widest range of tonal shades, along with skilfully and carefully processed enamels with a rich variety of hues, often illuminated by the reflections of the precious gold metal, which remained the undisputed king of the artist’s work.

However, in the new millennium, the form of his jewellery, while remaining geometrically defined, became more irregular, agitated, sometimes even stretched open: foil hammered into different shapes, first flat then curved, sketching out plans of ancient Roman churches that he turned into brooches. His geometry remained, but it became unstable, adapted. The surfaces, subject to different processes, whether smoothed, sanded or scratched, were put into juxtaposition, while the use of niello and different coloured enamels turned them into miniature pictures of informal art.

In his more recent work, his research has moved on to the third dimension: small welded cubes placed onto the plane of a circle or a parallelepiped, creating small sculptures dominated by colour thanks to his expertise with carefully processed enamels, featuring a rich variety of hues often illuminated by reflections of gold.

Nowadays, Visintin’s jewellery can be found in the most important museums and collections in the world. He has won many awards in the field of art jewellery.
 
In collaboration with Fondazione Antonveneta
Graziano Visintin. Sculpture: Little sculpture, 2013. Gold, silver, oxidized silver. 18 x 4.5 x 3 cm. Graziano Visintin
Sculpture: Little sculpture, 2013
Gold, silver, oxidized silver
18 x 4.5 x 3 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Necklace: Lingam, 2010. Oxidiezed silver, gold. 4.5 x 4 cm. Graziano Visintin
Necklace: Lingam, 2010
Oxidiezed silver, gold
4.5 x 4 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Piece: Untitled, 1985. Gold, white gold. 3 x 7.2 cm : 17 x 5 cm. Graziano Visintin
Piece: Untitled, 1985
Gold, white gold
3 x 7.2 cm : 17 x 5 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Sculpture: Little sculptures A, B, C, D, 2013 - 2014. Silver, gold, oxidized cooper, niello. 21 x 4.5 x 4 cm. Graziano Visintin
Sculpture: Little sculptures A, B, C, D, 2013 - 2014
Silver, gold, oxidized cooper, niello
21 x 4.5 x 4 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Necklace: Untiled, 1986. Gold, white gold. 15 x 15 cm. Graziano Visintin
Necklace: Untiled, 1986
Gold, white gold
15 x 15 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: But the sky is always blue, 1996. Gold, niello. 6.8 x 8.3 cm : 1.2 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: But the sky is always blue, 1996
Gold, niello
6.8 x 8.3 cm : 1.2 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 1997. Gold, niello. 10 x 1.4 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 1997
Gold, niello
10 x 1.4 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Necklace: Untiled, 2000. Gold, niello. Graziano Visintin
Necklace: Untiled, 2000
Gold, niello
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untiled, 2001. Gold, niello. 5.8 x 5.7 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untiled, 2001
Gold, niello
5.8 x 5.7 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 2004. Gold, niello, enamel. 6.3 x 4.4 x 1.3 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 2004
Gold, niello, enamel
6.3 x 4.4 x 1.3 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 2004. Gold, enamel, gold leaf. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 2004
Gold, enamel, gold leaf
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Graziano Visintin. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Silver, enamel, niello. 4.8 x 9 x 5 cm. Graziano Visintin
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Silver, enamel, niello
4.8 x 9 x 5 cm
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Graziano Visitin. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Silver, gold, oxizided copper, niello. 7 x 5 x 4.5 cm. Graziano Visitin
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Silver, gold, oxizided copper, niello
7 x 5 x 4.5 cm
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Graziano Visintin. Necklace: Untiled, 2010. Gold, white gold, enamel. 200 cm. Graziano Visintin
Necklace: Untiled, 2010
Gold, white gold, enamel
200 cm
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