BRON by Ruudt Peters at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

Lectures  /  CriticalThinking   Research  /  31 Jan 2018
Published: 16.01.2018

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The lecture about the exhibition BRON at CODA museum not only offering an overview of Peter's work but also explores the sources of inspiration, and the ideas behind Peter's shift from jewellery to installation.
Peters' main questions are focused on religion, philosophy and alchemy and how they relate to him. He manages to turn these questions into art with a highly recognizable visual idiom. Peters: “All my jewellery is interconnected and springs from a flowing process of events and various sources of inspiration. Cause and effect. Action-reaction. Falling down and getting up. Uncertainty. Discovery. Curiosity. This together forms the BRON exhibition in CODA Museum, an exhibition that does not only offer an overview of my work but also explores my sources of inspiration. In addition, short films, which can be called up through QR codes, enable the spectator to discover a deeper layer in my work.” 
Because Peters did not feel at home in the highly dogmatic climate that characterised his craft during the seventies, he switched from jewellery to sculpture. It is no coincidence, then, that Peters has been exhibiting his work in installation forms since the nineties. At the time, he was one of the first jewellery artists who considered jewellery and the way it is presented to be of equal importance.

Thus Peters presents his jewellery to the spectator in a logical and stimulating context. With his much-discussed and striking installation presentations, he did not only make the installation form part of his idiosyncratic signature; he also shows how important the actual surroundings and context are for jewellery as sculpture.

Ruudt Peters' work can be seen and experienced in CODA Museum Apeldoorn from 5 November 2017 to 28 January 2018 in the exhibition BRON; a spectacular arrangement of glass capsules, films and bubbling springs that invite the spectators to discover Peters' world.

On the occasion of his retrospective exhibition, Arnoldcshe publishes a first complete overview of his forty-four-year oeuvre. All series of his work are comprehensively presented in texts and photographs of objects and portraits. Many previously unpublished views of installations and exhibitions, as well as numerous drawings and sketches, enhance the review, all complemented by video clips that can be accessed via QR codes, which provide the reader with short movies featuring background information about Peters’s work, those who wear his pieces and the art of jewellery. The last chapter of the catalogue will be dedicated to Peters’s latest, hitherto unpublished series.

Ruudt Peters (b. 1950) is a pioneering conceptual jewellery artist who challenges traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, material and presentation.  
Curiosity about the essence and mystery of human existence forms the foundation of Peters' work.  He continuously researches other cultures, philosophies, religions, and materials. He observes, explores and interprets. His findings are the basis for which he creates jewellery and objects that are never literal translations of what he sees, but materializations and internalisations of his own thoughts and imagination.


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