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Robert Smit

Jeweller
Published: 23.11.2023
Robert Smit
. Photo by Aldo Smit Robert Smit
Photo by Aldo Smit


Bio

Robert Smit (Delft, the Netherlands, 1941) occupies a special place in the Dutch post-war jewellery scene. He didn’t submit to the tendency of using non-precious materials such as aluminium or perspex; he remained loyal to gold. Therefore his work overlaps more with eg. Italian or German designers. He also makes painting and drawings; these techniques are again used in his jewellery. One of the leading goldsmiths of his day, Dutch artist Robert Smit takes an approach that blurs the boundaries of the discipline of traditional jewelry making with architecture, painting, and sculpture. Defined by vivid color, orthogonal lines, and vibrant gold, Smit creates graphic designs, translating the two-dimensional into three-dimensions in works that oftentimes echo the playful and poetic paintings of modernist artists of the day.

Statement

The quality of a piece of jewelry is never related to its functionality. The challenge is in imagining what an ornament can be. Jewelry is an object that transcends utility. The essence of my work is just part of my way of thinking and doing. It is my personal history that leads to choices I make. I make no distinction in whether it’s a drawing or a piece of jewelry. Therefore, they are close to each other.
 

Events      View / hide events

2022:
Exhibition  16 Jan 2022 - 24 Apr 2022  Craving the Essentials by Robert Smit.
2019:
Exhibition  13 Oct 2019 - 12 Jan 2020  21 Grams in Apeldoorn.
Exhibition  28 Feb 2019 - 23 Mar 2019  In Memoriam of Bruno Martinazzi.
2018:
Exhibition  05 Aug 2018 - 28 Oct 2018  Rough & Raw: A selection from the Coda Museum.
2017:
Exhibition  10 Mar 2017 - 07 May 2017  Private Confessions. The Drawings of Jewellery Artists.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2017 - 08 Apr 2017  Hommage to Manfred Bischoff.
2015:
Exhibition  26 Feb 2015 - 18 Apr 2015  Schrittmacher by Robert Smit.
2014:
Award giving  11 May 2014 - 11 May 2014  Golden Ring of Honour 2014 for Robert Smit of Amsterdam.
Exhibition  11 May 2014 - 18 May 2014  Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti by Robert Smit.
Exhibition  30 Jan 2014 - 30 Mar 2014  Chain Reactions: Claartje Keur’s jewellery and portrait.
2009:
Exhibition  28 Jun 2009 - 28 Jun 2009  Suska Mackert & Robert Smit.
2008:
Meeting  02 Mar 2008 - 02 Mar 2008  All about me.
2007:
Award  21 Jan 2007 - 21 Jan 2007  Françoise van den Bosch Foundation Prize 2006.
2006:
Exhibition  15 Jan 2006 - 25 Feb 2006  Tall Stories. Contemporary narrative Dutch jewellery.
2004:
Exhibition  05 Nov 2004 - 30 Jan 2005  Metallic Yellow. Gold for Robert Smit.
2003:
Exhibition  07 May 2003 - 11 May 2003  Bello in Padova.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  Private Confessions. Drawing & Jewellery. Maurer Zilioli, EllenArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  Jewellery 1970–2015. Bollmann Collection. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2015
Book:  The Core & the Shell. Guiding methods for independent jewellery makers. Sàez Vilanova, EstelaOtro Diseño Foundation & Estela Sàez Vilanova:  Hilversum,  2014
Book:  On Jewellery. A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery. den Besten, LiesbethArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2011
Book:  Robert Smit. Empty House. Grassetto, Folchini; Staal, Gert; Drutt, HelenArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2008
Book:  Danner-Preis´99: Schön und Provokant. Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt GmbH:  Stuttgart,  2000