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Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery

Exhibition  /  16 May 2014  -  30 Jun 2014
Published: 02.06.2014
Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Reconfigurating the ordinary. Velcro, cotton thread. Yong, Joo KimNecklace: Reconfigurating the ordinaryVelcro, cotton thread. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Reconfigurating the ordinary
Velcro, cotton thread


Yong, Joo Kim
Necklace: Reconfigurating the ordinary
Velcro, cotton thread

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Intro
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) presents "Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery". The exhibition showcases the work of thirty Quebec and international artists whose creations testify to the richness of this practice. The diversity of jewellery presented illustrates new approaches and techniques.

Artist list

Yong Joo Kim, Seulgi Kwon, Ela Bauer, Rebecca Hannon, Despo Sophocleous, Silvia Walz, Andrea Wagner, Gabrielle Desmarais, Tobias Alm, Uli Rapp, Tanel Veenre, Anne Marie Rébillard, Märta Mattsson, Judy McCaig, Peter Hoogeboom, Nina Sajet, Key-Yeon Son, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Yu Hiraishi, Christine Larochelle, Lawrence Woodford, Paul McClure, Lynn Légaré, Matthieu Cheminée, Anthony Tammaro, Pierre-Yves Paquette, Chantal Gilbert, Pavel Opocensky, Virginia Belda, Marta Breis, Mecky van den Brink, Herman Hermsen
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is pleased to present Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery until November 30, 2014, in the Lab Design. The exhibition showcases the work of thirty Quebec and international artists whose creations testify to the richness of this practice. The diversity of jewellery presented illustrates new approaches and techniques.

Creativity rooted in tradition
The exhibition Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery highlights the artists’ creative process, examining not only the medium and its transformation but also the artistic intent. Although some of the artists use traditional materials like gold, silver and precious stones and explore age-old surface treatment, forming and stamping techniques, their artistry remains an act of invention, the expression of a constantly evolving tradition. For instance, the necklace fashioned by Christine Larochelle features silver elements that have been laminated and acid- etched. Drawing inspiration from African techniques, Matthieu Cheminée stamped the surface of his bracelet with a pattern of his own design. Approaching a piece of jewellery as a subject of artistic investigation can lead to sculpture, which requires skill and great attention to detail. A perfect example is Kye-Yeon Son’s piece, a work of great refinement and delicacy.

Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts, explained: “Contemporary studio jewellery is an important part of the Museum’s collection of decorative arts. In fact, the Museum is the only Canadian institution to have a collection that documents the development and diversity of studio jewellery since 1945. Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery reflects this focus and illustrates several new trends in this artistic discipline. This event also parallels the works exhibited in the adjoining galleries of decorative arts in the Stewart Pavilion, the majority of which come from the Museum’s Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection.”

Jewellery: an object that is constantly being reinvented
While maintaining the basic purpose of jewellery — objects of adornment that communicate various messages about their wearers — some artists endeavour to shake up its traditions. Through a deliberate choice of materials, sizes and fabrication methods, they have freed themselves from established techniques. For example, they often use wood, symbolic of life, not only for its malleability, light weight and low cost, but also because it refers to nature, the environment and renewable resources. Handled in a raw, intuitive manner by Gabrielle Desmarais and Tobias Alm, wood also lends itself to complicated assemblages like the piece by Despo Sophocleous.
New technologies, including 3D printing, offer a promising field for exploration, as seen in Ela Bauer’s minimalist pendant and Anthony Tammaro’s extravagant necklace.

Sometimes, the idea expressed by a particular piece of jewellery departs from the purely decorative. The piece becomes the conveyor of a feeling, thought or narrative, but ultimately, the very heart of the creative process remains the body, even though the piece can exist without it. The multiplicity of works on view demonstrates contemporary jewellery’s wealth of visual expression.

The exhibition was curated by the specialist Noël Guyomarc’h in collaboration with Diane Charbonneau, the Museum’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts, and made possible through the generosity of the artists and private lenders, including the prestigious collection of contemporary jewellery by the late Jocelyne Gobeil.
Andrea Wagner. Brooch: Migrational Parallax. Silver, fine silver, porcelain, paint, synthetic resin. Andrea, WagnerBrooch: Migrational ParallaxSilver, fine silver, porcelain, paint, synthetic resinSubset series. Andrea Wagner
Brooch: Migrational Parallax
Silver, fine silver, porcelain, paint, synthetic resin


Andrea, Wagner
Brooch: Migrational Parallax
Silver, fine silver, porcelain, paint, synthetic resin
Subset series
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Despo Sophocleous. Pendant: Change in direction. Wood, paint, steel. Despo, SophocleousPendant: Change in directionWood, paint, steel. Despo Sophocleous
Pendant: Change in direction
Wood, paint, steel


Despo, Sophocleous
Pendant: Change in direction
Wood, paint, steel

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Gabrielle Desmarais. Brooch: Cocon. Wood, graphit pigment, chili quartz, silver, cotton thread. Gabrielle, DesmaraisBrooch: CoconWood, graphit pigment, chili quartz, silver, cotton thread. Gabrielle Desmarais
Brooch: Cocon
Wood, graphit pigment, chili quartz, silver, cotton thread


Gabrielle, Desmarais
Brooch: Cocon
Wood, graphit pigment, chili quartz, silver, cotton thread

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Märta Mattsson. Brooch: Amber. Beetle, resin, glitter, walnut wood, silver. Märta, MattssonBrooch: AmberBeetle, resin, glitter, walnut wood, silver. Märta Mattsson
Brooch: Amber
Beetle, resin, glitter, walnut wood, silver


Märta, Mattsson
Brooch: Amber
Beetle, resin, glitter, walnut wood, silver

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Judy McCaig. Brooch: Petrified Ice. Steel, silver, shell, feather, cristal, perspex, wood, paint. Judy, McCaigBrooch: Petrified IceSteel, silver, shell, feather, cristal, perspex, wood, paint. Judy McCaig
Brooch: Petrified Ice
Steel, silver, shell, feather, cristal, perspex, wood, paint


Judy, McCaig
Brooch: Petrified Ice
Steel, silver, shell, feather, cristal, perspex, wood, paint

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Nina Sajet. Necklace: Snowflakes. Porcelain, nylon, silver, thread. Nina, SajetNecklace: SnowflakesPorcelain, nylon, silver, thread. Nina Sajet
Necklace: Snowflakes
Porcelain, nylon, silver, thread


Nina, Sajet
Necklace: Snowflakes
Porcelain, nylon, silver, thread

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Ela Bauer. Neckpiece: Exhale. Polyurethane, polyamide, pigments. Ela, BauerNeckpiece: ExhalePolyurethane, polyamide, pigments. Ela Bauer
Neckpiece: Exhale
Polyurethane, polyamide, pigments


Ela, Bauer
Neckpiece: Exhale
Polyurethane, polyamide, pigments

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Paul McClure. Brooch: Morula, 2009. Sterling silver, 18 karat gold, neodymium magnets.. 5 x 3 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Paul Ambtman. From series: Cytulas. Paul McClure
Brooch: Morula, 2009
Sterling silver, 18 karat gold, neodymium magnets.
5 x 3 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Paul Ambtman
From series: Cytulas
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Matthieu Cheminée. Bracelet: Untitled. Sterling silver, 14kt gold, champagne diamond. Matthieu, CheminéeBracelet: UntitledSterling silver, 14kt gold, champagne diamond. Matthieu Cheminée
Bracelet: Untitled
Sterling silver, 14kt gold, champagne diamond


Matthieu, Cheminée
Bracelet: Untitled
Sterling silver, 14kt gold, champagne diamond

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