Elisabetta Cipriani invites world leading contemporary artists to create aesthetically innovative and socially relevant jewellery projects. Since the opening of her namesake gallery in 2009, Elisabetta’s pioneering vision has redefined the boundaries between jewellery and fine art, capturing the imaginations of artists and collectors across the globe.
The gallery has collaborated with over 40 critically acclaimed painters and sculptors, including Ai Weiwei, Chiharu Shiota, Giulio Paolini, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis, Rebecca Horn, and Pedro Cabrita Reis, to name a few.
The creative process begins with Elisabetta persuading the artist to create a wearable art project. These are challenging projects for the artists who are often approaching the realm of jewellery for the first time. Through a process of experimentation, the artist creates a series of prototype sketches which encapsulate their artistic poetics. Elisabetta and the respective artist follow the making process very closely, and, once the prototype has been approved by all parties, either the artist or a specialised goldsmith produce the final piece. The end result is an exceptional jewel which represents the most intimate expression of the artist.
The gallery’s projects can be found in museums and private collections across the globe, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Art and Design, New York; World Jewellery Museum, Seoul; and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. A number of Elisabetta Cipriani’s jewellery collaborations are featured in From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweller, the international touring exhibition of artist jewellery curated by Diane Venet.
Elisabetta Cipriani participates in leading art and design fairs, including Design Miami and Design Basel, TEFAF Maastricht, Artissima Turin, MiArt Milan, PAD London, and PAD Monaco.