Voices of contemporary Dutch jewellery by Ruudt Peters and Evert Nijland

Exhibition  /  05 Dec 2015  -  21 Feb 2016
Published: 14.12.2015
Oratorio San Rocco - Padova
Mirella Cisotto Nalo

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Over fifty pieces oby two of the most eminent representatives of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam: Ruudt Peters and Evert Nijland are showing brooches, necklaces and pendants created by them which give shape in their art to impulses and intuition.


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Evert Nijland, Ruudt Peters
On Friday 4 December at 6.30pm at Oratorio San Rocco in Via Santa Lucia, the Department for Culture is proud to present the contemporary jewellery exhibition Pensieri Preziosi 11 – Simbolo. Ruudt Peters and Evert Nijland: voices of contemporary Dutch Jewellery, curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon.
In the words of the City Councillor Responsible for Cultural matters, Matteo Cavatton: “It is our great pleasure to host at Oratorio di san Rocco the renowned, firmly established Pensieri Preziosi exhibition, now in its eleventh year, which sets out to give greater exposure and appreciation to and further the study of different schools of contemporary jewellery aroung the world.”
Silver, glass, cast iron, rubber, leather, steel, porcelain, rock crystal, as well as gold, silk, polyester and many other materials make up the brooches, necklaces and pendants created by the two artists, who give shape in their art to impulses and intuition, the source of which for them lies in elements from the history of art and from religion, which provide the inspiration for both of them.
The title Simbolo refers to the fact that the creations of the two Dutch artists are connected to religion, alchemy and ornament, which frequently have recourse to symbols and archetypes. The aim of both artists is to express these elements in a contemporary, personal vein. In the symbology of cultures separated by thousands of kilometres or hundreds of years, from East to West, their spiritual quest forms part not only of a theological but also an artistic process. Hence this concept unifies and unites often disparate works which attract through the echoes that they emanate. In the light of these considerations, the works exhibited at San Rocco will be capable of challenging and intriguing visitors, who will thus have the chance to see how conceptual and contemporary art can become jewellery.

About the Artists:
Ruudt Peters (born 1950) is one of the most fascinating, versatile artists on the international scene. During the nineteen-seventies he created jewellery by deploying an extremely clean, minimalist approach. He subsequently began producing works connected with his inner life, his notions of religion, spirituality and alchemy. The artist’s deep-rooted interest in mysticism becomes a rich source of symbols and meanings for the creation of his works. Indeed, he can rightfully be seen as a pioneer of conceptual jewellery, which has challenged the traditional definitions of ornament. Peters has thus expanded the bounds of context, wearability and use of materials.
He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1990-2000) and since 2004 as professor at the Ädellab Metaldepartment Konstfack of the Stockholm University College of Arts, Craft and Design.
Evert Nijland (born 1971) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (1990-1995), where he later also taught, and where he absorbed artistic movements such as Modernism, abstract painting and conceptual art. Nevertheless, he felt the desire for something else, such as the formal language of classical jewellery, particularly from the seventeenth and eighteenth century.
His creations explore the multiple possibilities inherent in the concept of “ornament”. Recurring themes in his work are the concept of nature, imperfection, transitoriness and the transience of time. Combining craft traditions with contemporary experimental techniques, his works are imaginative, nostalgic objects which reinterpret Baroque and Rococo styles.
Both artists have won several international prizes dedicated to contemporary jewellery. Their works are exhibited at major European museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Coda Museum in Apeldoorn, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Opening times: 9.30 am - 12.30, 3.30pm - 7.00pm
Closed: Mondays, 25 - 26 December 2015 and 1 January 2016