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Simply Brilliant. Artist Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s

Exhibition  /  27 Mar 2021  -  27 Jun 2021
Published: 17.12.2020
Andrew Grima. Brooch: Untitled, 1969. Watermelon tourmaline, diamonds.. Photo by: Tony Walsh. Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum. Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman. Andrew Grima
Brooch: Untitled, 1969
Watermelon tourmaline, diamonds.
Photo by: Tony Walsh
Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum
Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman
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Intro
The swinging London of the 1960s engendered an explosion of innovation in the jewelry industry, which spread to the rest of Europe and the USA. Besides jewelry, the exhibition showcases fashion, music, and design from that vibrant period. The timing of the exhibition could hardly be more opportune given that the 1960s and 70s are right on-trend at the moment.  
Simply put, the jewelry of the 1960s and '70s was revolutionary. If the 1950s were demure and controlled, the 1960s became an era of youthful rebellion and radical cultural change - and a new style of jewelry was part of that zeitgeist. Rock 'n' roll, the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassinations, the civil rights and women's movements, the widespread use of hallucinogenic drugs, and the concept of free love are all associated with these tumultuous decades. From space-age plastic hoop earrings to the hippie's beaded necklaces, jewelry expressed individuality, nonconformity, and the aesthetic, political, and intellectual values of the person who wore it.

Beyond these expressions in inexpensive costume jewelry that was available to all, fine jewelry took an equal turn to incorporate the mood of the times. Young jewelry designers no longer wanted simply to create demure baubles that accessorized current fashions. They thought of themselves as artists first, jewelers second, approaching their work as any painter or sculptor. They worked in gold, focusing on organic forms, favoring abstract shapes, and concepts related to space-age trends. They incorporated unconventional materials and were unrivaled in the texture and scale they brought to their designs.

Drawn from one of the most important private collections in the world, assembled by local Cincinnatian Kimberly Klosterman, this exhibition features the work of an international set of independent jewelers as well as major houses. The jewelry designers and makers of the 1960s and '70s were uncompromising in their vision. They took jewelry to a new level of artistry that paralleled the radical changes in society during these decades.

Exhibition in cooperation with the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.

Price
€ 4.50 normal ticket; € 2.50 reduced; € 6.00 includes a visit to the Tecnichal Museum of Pforzheim’s Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries; free for children under 14 and holders of a Museums-Pass-Musées.
Guided tour by appointment only.
Ilias Lalaounis. Necklace: Untitled, 1970s. Gold, rock crystal.. Photo by: Tony Walsh. Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum. Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman. Ilias Lalaounis
Necklace: Untitled, 1970s
Gold, rock crystal.
Photo by: Tony Walsh
Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum
Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman
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Pierre Sterlé. Brooch: Bird, 2020. Gold, diamonds.. Photo by: Tony Walsh. Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum. Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman. Design for Chaumet. . Pierre Sterlé
Brooch: Bird, 2020
Gold, diamonds.
Photo by: Tony Walsh
Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum
Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman
Design for Chaumet.

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Roger Lucas. Ring: Untitled, 1969. Gold, diamonds, emerald, ruby, sapphire, turquoise.. Photo by: Tony Walsh. Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum. Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman. Design for Cartier.. Roger Lucas
Ring: Untitled, 1969
Gold, diamonds, emerald, ruby, sapphire, turquoise.
Photo by: Tony Walsh
Part of: Cincinnati Art Museum
Part of: Collection of Kimberly Klosterman
Design for Cartier.

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