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Real Jewellery - Portuguese and Brazilian Contemporary Jewellery

Exhibition  /  13 Mar 2008  -  18 May 2008
Published: 06.05.2008
Museu Histórico Nacional
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Intro
The project / exhibition Real Jewellery - Portuguese and Brazilian Contemporary Jewellery, with the Portuguese and Brazilian curatorship, by Cristina Filipe and Lúcia Abdenur, was conceived so as to be a part of the official Celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to Brazil in 1808.
The project / exhibition Real Jewellery - Portuguese and Brazilian Contemporary Jewellery, with the Portuguese and Brazilian curatorship, by Cristina Filipe and Lúcia Abdenur, was conceived so as to be a part of the official Celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to Brazil in 1808.

This initiative establishes a cultural and artistic exchange between Brazil and Portugal, and provides for the exchange and fusion of several historical and creative references from both countries.
Twenty four Portuguese jewellers and twenty four Brazilian jewellers take part in this exhibition. 

The work of each pair of artists, one Portuguese and one Brazilian, is based on a jewel or object, of inspiration, dating from the late 18th century or the beginning of the 19th century, with reference to the period of the reign of King Dom João VI, so as to create a new group of contemporary jewellery, specifically developed for this event. 

The reference pieces or objects will be chosen from the collections of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, in Lisbon, the Museu Histórico Nacional in Rio de Janeiro and the Museu Imperial in Petropolis.
The aim is to, in this way, confront both periods and both cultures as well as to build a bridge not only between the past and present but also between the two groups of artists that represent the two nations on which these Celebrations are focused.

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Activities

The following programme is included in the context of the project/exhibition “Jóias Reais” in Rio de Janeiro: 

- an exhibition of gems Gems from Yesterday and from Today, coordinated by the Portuguese gemologist Rui Galopim de Carvalho, that will take place during the same dates as the “Jóias Reais” exhibition, at the Museu Histórico Nacional.
- two conferences: “The Art of Jewellery in Portugal” given by Luísa Penalva from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and “200 years of History of Brazilian Gems in Jewellery”, given by Rui Galopim de Carvalho.
- the workshop: “Before, During and After”, given by the jewellery artist and curator, Cristina Filipe.
- the educational activity: “Shared Moments”, led by the teacher and curator, Lúcia Abdenur.
in Lisbon, there will also be:
- the itinerancy of the Gem exhibition that will occur simultaneously with the exhibition “Jóias Reais”, in the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, from 16 October to 30 November 2008,
- two conferences: “The Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil - Society in Transformation”, given by Vera Tostes, Director of the Museu Histórico Nacional in Rio de Janeiro and “The Jewel in the Brazilian Culture”, given by the Executive Director of AJORIO and Brazilian gemologist, Angela Andrade.
- the workshop “Building Paths - Change and Permanence”, led by Brazilian designer, Cidda Siqueira, - the educational activity: “Shared Moments”, led by the teacher and curator, Lúcia Abdenur.

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