Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to present Game, a new gallery project by Adel Abdessemed. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of ‘fatal beauty’, Abdessemed created a chain bracelet and a pair of earrings made of an accumulation of white gold laser-cut razor blades. Game encapsulates the notion of fatal beauty by being both lethal and attractive in its appearance. It provides the person who will wear it with a complex interplay between being threatened and at the same time reassured by its beauty. Through its complex identity, Game draws from Abdessemed’s artistic practice, in which he consistently blends elements of beauty and brutality. Developing an artistic vision from text, images and life, Abdessemed engages with the flaws and contradictions of the contemporary world. As the artist states: “My art makes no claim at representing reality, but simply a touching reality.”
Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Artists is pleased to present the summer exhibition “Art in Jewellery”, a group show with the aim of exploring the mental, visual and tactile characteristics of ART in jewellery. The exhibition will be a performative experience where the interaction with the wearable sculptures will be led by human voice and movement. The encounter will be a tête-à-tête, the conversation and relationship between the narrator and the spectator will be crucial in the understanding of the works. For each selected project, the emphasis will be on revealing the hidden stories, the poetics and provocations of the artist in creating a wearable art piece and feeling the intimate connection between the work and the wearer. The artists selected for the summer show are: Enrico Castellani, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Carlos Cruz Diez, Jacqueline De Jong, Ute Decker, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Jannis Kounellis, Giorgio Vigna, Ai Weiwei and Erwin Wurm.
Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Artists Design Miami/ Basel | 13- 19 June 2016 Booth G21 Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Contemporary Artists is delighted to present at Design Miami/ Basel a unique solo exhibition with renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Cipriani works with internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to create one of a kind wearable sculptures made from precious materials. Rebar in Gold takes root in Ai Weiwei’s investigation into the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, which killed approximately 70,000 people. Ai’s concern focused on the distressing number of children who perished due to the poor construction techniques used to build government schools. Upon visiting Wenchuan after the earthquake, Ai found a mass of contorted steel rebar, left behind from the fallen school buildings. Ai purchased 200 tonnes of the material from the scrapyards, where they were sent after the sites were cleared, for use in a bold body of work dedicated to the catastrophe. “It is about commemoration and memory” Ai Weiwei says. “Whether your memory or the one I have, that’s up to you, so you mould the piece to suit you. I used gold because it’s precious and that’s what life is. If you […]