Florence Jewellery Week 2020. Invited Artists

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Published: 06.04.2020
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Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill. Object: Tulipiere 13, 2017. Nickel plated copper.. 38 x 21 x 34 cm. Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill
Object: Tulipiere 13, 2017
Nickel plated copper.
38 x 21 x 34 cm
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Florence Jewellery Week is a cultural event entirely dedicated to the complex relationship between artistic research, craftsmanship, design and new technologies. The program of the exhibitions will be as usual the very rich, with solo and collective installations, and will host artists of the international scene, selected by the curator based on very high-quality criteria.
The packed schedule of events of the Florence Jewellery Week 2020 from 28th May to 28th June, divided between the city's museums and the art galleries in Oltrarno, provides above all the participation of big names on the international scene of contemporary jewellery.

A choral exhibition will bring together the works by Giovanni Corvaja, Suk Chun Oh, Kazumi Nagano, Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill, Barbara Paganin, Sam Tho Duong, inside the former refectory of Santa Maria Novella; while a personal exhibition dedicated to Carla Riccoboni will be hosted in the "Cartavetra" Gallery in Via Maggio.

Among the Italians, Giovanni Corvaja, from Padua, who will present his surprising "Headpiece" entirely woven with gold.

Giovanni Corvaja, Headpiece, The Golden Fleece, 18kt gold, 22kt gold, 2008-2009, 27 x 27 x 35​ cm.

The Venetian Barbara Paganin, who will invite us to reflect on the affective value we attach to certain apparently meaningless objects.

Barbara Paganin, Brooch, 2011-2013, Memoria Aperta N.16, 9,5 x 8 x 3,5, Materials: Oxidized silver, porcelain, miniature on ivory, ivory elements, gold, Photo by: Alice Pavesi Fiori 

Carla Riccoboni,
from Bassano del Grappa, historical self-producer of small series jewellery, whose research focuses on syntax and semantics of ornament.


Carla Riccoboni, Necklace: Titanio, 2010, Laser cut titanium, 950 silver., 3 x 70 cm, Photo by: Politecnico di Milano LabFoto-INDACO.

Among foreigners, the Irish Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill and the Korean Suk Chun Oh, who subject ancient traditional techniques to the processes of modern industrial technology, in order to make contemporary craftsmanship.

Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill, Object: Ritual 12, 2014, Silver plated copper.

Suk Chun Oh, Bottle, 8 x 8 x 10,5, Materials: Silver, Copper

The Japanese Kazumi Nagano, who weaves paper, nylon, gold and horsehair threads, folding her jewels according to the origami technique.

Kazumi Nagano, Brooch: Untitled, 2019, Paper (made of Pine) thread,  Nylon thread, Goldthread (18 kt), Pin- 950 Silver, Color with Japanese New URUSHI, 8 x 9 x 5 cm, Photo by: Ryota Sekiguchi.

Finally, the Vietnamese Sam Tho Duong, who manipulates the plastic of yogurt containers, giving his bulky jewellery a sculptural appearance and proposing an "aesthetic" solution to the thorny issue of recycling polluting materials.

Sam Tho Duong, Neckpiece: LemitcA, 2012, Plastic yogurt containers, freshwater pearls, onyx, nylon.

For more information about the event, visit the Website of Preziosa.

About the author

Alice Rendon was born in 1991 in Varese, Lombardy, Italy. She graduated in art history at the University of Florence with a thesis about jewels by Italian artists of the 20th century. Now she is teaching history of contemporary jewellery at Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School in Florence and she is writing for Preziosa Blog, a web platform dedicated to the universe of contemporary jewellery.