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Like times, like jewellery...

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Published: 19.08.2022
Author:
Anna Wójcik-Korbas
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Klimt02
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Quality. Topic of the next International Jewellery Competition in Legnica.
Quality. Topic of the next International Jewellery Competition in Legnica

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Intro
Out of 426 works by 240 artists from 30 countries, the international jury selected for the post-competition exhibition a few dozen of objects that refer in various ways to touch - the primary sense through which we get to know the world; the sense closest to jewellery, which is inextricably linked to the body.
 
"Like times, like jewellery..." - these were the words uttered by Professor Andrzej Szadkowski, winner of this year's Grand Prix in the 30th International Jewellery Competition 'Touch', organised by the Gallery of Art in Legnica. The award-winning brooch's colours clearly allude to the national colours of Ukraine, which has been under the onslaught of the Russian aggressor for months. Its minimalist form brims with a wealth of contexts and arouses anxiety with its eloquent red line, whose associations with the hand of a clock showing the proverbial 'five past twelve' are inevitable. This jewellery does not allow one to avert one's eyes from the issues that the whole world lives by. It is impossible to speak of it only as a piece of goldsmith's work of dazzling beauty, just as it is impossible to judge all the other works in the post-competition exhibition "Touch" solely in terms of beauty or the glitter of precious metals.



From the left: Tadeusz Krzakowski, Mayor of the Legnica City. Michał Świderski, Director of the Legnica Copper Smelter. Andrzej Szadkowski. Anna Wójcik-Korbas.


In the following months, the works included in the 'Touch' exhibition will be on display at the Academic Design Centre in Łódź, the YES Gallery in Poznań (January-February 2023), the Romanian Jewellery Week in Bucharest (6-9 October 2023), the Inhorgenta International Jewellery and Watch Fair in Munich (24-27 February 2023) and the Amberif Jewellery and Amber Fair in Gdańsk (March 2023).

During this year's SILVER Festival, the issue of touch and human relations was also addressed by artists who presented their solo exhibitions (Andrzej Boss, Felicia Mülbaier, Alberto Dávila, Justyna Stasiewicz, Angelika Kwiatkowska) and collective exhibitions (educators and students from the Metal Design Department of the Hildesheim University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany). In turn, regular guests and friends of the Legnica Festival had the opportunity to reminisce during a visit to a collective presentation of goldsmithing achievements by members of the Association of Goldsmiths "Look at..." and the retrospective exhibition "Silvermeetings 2.0". The latter featured works awarded and honoured over the years in Legnica competitions and is now part of the International Collection of Contemporary Jewellery.



Tadeusz Krzakowski, Mayor of the Legnica City. Michał Świderski, Director of the Legnica Copper Smelter. Andrzej Szadkowski.


The exhibitions attracted great interest from jewellery makers and enthusiasts, as well as industry guests from Poland and Europe, who met in Legnica on 13-14 May after a two-year pandemic break. The culmination of the Festival was accompanied by meetings, talks, vernissages, a popular science session, and the awarding of prizes in the 30th IJC "Touch". During the event, the organisers announced the keynote of the 31st International Jewellery Competition. Artists and jewellery designers were invited to reflect and engage in a goldsmithing discussion on the topic of QUALITY. "In times of constant change, at least one thing about jewellery seems unchangeable. It is the quality parameter.”

But today, is quality still defined by the perfection of long-practised craftsmanship, the material equivalent measured by the ounces of gold or the use of precious stones, or perhaps the marketing value of a logo or an artist's signature? First fashion designers and now jewellery designers have re-evaluated the meaning of basic concepts that once seemed paradigmatic. The new benchmarks that set the quality standard are sustainability, experience instead of possession, the democratisation of luxury, and the relationship with the viewer. Surely makers of designer jewellery will find equally inspiring answers." - writes Professor Sławomir Fijałkowski, originator of the theme and long-standing consultant to the Festival. The competition, together with an exhibition of qualified works, will be the main event of the Legnica SILVER Festival in 2023.

 

About the author

Anna Wójcik-Korbas - coordinator of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER. She works in the Gallery of Art in Legnica (Poland) since 2018. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in the history of art from the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). She's a member of the International Amber Association, and a member of the editorial team of the Amber Magazine.
Andrzej Szadkowski. Brooch: Painful Touch of Time, 2022. Silver, aluminium, lapis lazuli, paper. 7 x 7 x 1.5 cm. Awarded at: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2022 Award. GRAND PRIX OF THE MINISTER OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
. + 1 kg of silver founded by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.. Andrzej Szadkowski
Brooch: Painful Touch of Time, 2022
Silver, aluminium, lapis lazuli, paper
7 x 7 x 1.5 cm
Awarded at: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2022 Award
GRAND PRIX OF THE MINISTER OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
+ 1 kg of silver founded by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

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