Cold Sweat, First Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2021

Meeting  /  16 Sep 2021  -  20 Nov 2021
Published: 07.09.2021
Cold Sweat, First Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2021.
Cristina Filipe

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The First Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, asks us to reflect on the significance of Body, Fear and Protection through its exhibition programme, talks, meetings and workshops. The pandemic that we are all experiencing, as well as the fear and uncertainty it has brought, led us to select salient features in the history of jewellery -those of physical and spiritual protection- as the biennial theme and invite a discussion on what this means in the 21st century.

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The Biennial is an initiative started by PIN and organised in collaboration with MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda, Museu de São Roque da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Museu da Farmácia, Brotéria, Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, Centro de Investigação em Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes da UCP – Escola das Artes and Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, among other institutions and artists who wish to show, teach and question contemporary jewellery thereby making enriching contributions to the programme.

Cold Sweat the title of the First Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, invites us to reflect on Body, Fear and Protection in a programme that includes an exhibition, talks, meetings and masterclasses.
The current pandemic forces us to rethink our modus operandi, and the fear and uncertainty it has caused led us to choose a remarkable aspect in the history of jewellery – physical and spiritual protection – as the Biennial’s theme, and what it means in the 21st century as a subject to discuss.

This main exhibition of the Biennial will take place at Museu de São Roque in partnership with MUDE–Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) and PIN – and will be presented at the temporary exhibition gallery in the Igreja and Museu de São Roque. The exhibition also enjoys the support of Museu da Farmácia, which will loan several objects and also exhibit contemporary works to set up a dialogue with pieces in its own collection.

The first Colloquium will be on the Biennial’s general themes: Body, Fear and Protection. Three researchers/specialists for each subject will be invited to take part. It will take place in Brotéria in partnership with the Research Centre in Science and Technology of the Arts at the School of Arts at Catholic University in Porto. Brotéria will also host the Grupo õhuloss exhibition from Estonia.

MUDE will present at Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes (SNBA) an anthological exhibition of the jewellery created by the sculpture José Aurélio. The SNBA will also host a Jewellery Room where international galleries specialising in contemporary jewellery will boost the market and show an international panorama.

The Jewellery Department of Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual - will develop a project based on the Biennial theme and put on an exhibition of results in its Sala Polivalente. This project will include the eight international schools that are to take part in this show as well as the meeting of ideas and shared teaching experiences. The Goldsmithing Department at the Escola Artística António Arroio in Lisbon will also join this project with the Brazilian jewellery school presenting an exhibition of results in its gallery.

In the week before the Biennial’s official opening, two masterclasses will be given in Ar.Co by the international artists and teachers Christoph Zellweger and Caroline Broadhead on Fear and Protection. The results will be presented at the same time as the schools’ exhibition.

In October, the Crown of Our Lady of Fatima – nowadays also a reliquary of a bullet (contact relic) that wounded Pope John Paul II – will be displayed for two days in the Igreja de São Roque. A colloquium will be given about its history as a religious object and a spiritual amulet. Among the guests attending it will be Marco Daniel Duarte, the director of the Museu do Santuário de Fátima as well as a representative of Casa Leitão & Leitão, the jewellers that created the crown in the 1940s and the gemmologist Rui Galopim de Carvalho, who has intensely studied the three thousand stones and pearls integrated into the crown.

Sá da Costa, Reverso, Teresa Lacerda and Tereza Seabra Galleries, and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Lisbon with the Assamblage Association will present various international exhibitions and promote talks and guided visits to be announced in due course.

The Biennial’s prime aims are to encourage research into the history of jewellery by making bridges and connections with other subjects, to foster contemporary jewellery by creating new settings for exhibitions and to promote meetings and interchanges between researchers, curators, artists and students, between themselves and with the Portuguese and international public. The Biennial also wants to urge us to ponder over the complex moment we are all going through and stress the importance of art in life and all our daily lives.
Concept: PIN
General Curatorship: Cristina Filipe
Artistic Direction and Organization: PIN (Cristina Filipe, Marta Costa Reis, Isa Duarte Ribeiro and Luís Torres).
Scientific Comission: Isabel Ribeiro de Albuquerque, Bárbara Coutinho, Cristina Filipe, Kadri Mälk, Teresa Morna, Gonçalo Vasconcelos e Sousa, Madalena Braz Teixeira.
Honor Commission:
Catarina Vaz Pinto, Councilor of Culture da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.
Manuel Castro Caldas, Executive Director Ar.Co–Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual.
Isabel Capeloa Gil, Retor Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Filipa Klut, Vogal Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa.
João Paulo Queiroz, President  Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes.
Friends of the Biennial: Dulce Ferraz, Luís Ferreira, Zélia Nobre Carré.

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