Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce a unique 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. The exclusive collection by Ai Weiwei entitled Rebar in Gold will be on view at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery in Mayfair from 12 November 2015 – 16 January 2016. 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. For the exhibition at Elisabetta Cipriani, Ai Weiwei has chosen gold, a material traditionally reflecting eternity and wealth, a direct contradiction to the sudden, tragic destruction caused by the earthquake and as a consequence of substandard government building regulations. Rebar […]
Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Contemporary Artists is delighted to announce B by Pedro Cabrita Reis. The exhibition features seven unique bracelets made in iron and 18kt yellow gold. The exclusive collection of wearable sculptures will be on view from 17th to 31st of October 2015 at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery in Mayfair, London. A letter to Elisabetta Cipriani Dear E, I was never attracted by jewels. I’ve told you this several times. In the end perhaps that’s why I’ decided to accept your provocation? Challenge? Invitation? Or perhaps you just knew that I wouldn’t resist doing something new, exploring most of all my limits, my inclinations, my prejudices and why not admit it, my fetishisms. During the process of making these pieces there was a somehow omnipresent, vague and yet entangling eroticism as if bending, twisting, welding was a caress. There is no difference in doing a jewel, a sculpture or a drawing. At least not for me. I’m a painter that, after all, does many other things but always with that strange but intense emotion of the first moment.With these bracelets, such a moment was the anticipation of the encounter between the metal and the body, the harsh and the gentle. […]
Year: 2015 Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Artists catalogue of unique wearable sculptures created by renowned international sculptors and painters with the use of precious metal and stones. The catalogue features exclusive collaboration projects of Elisabetta Cipriani with 16 distinctive contemporary artists including Avish Khebrehzadeh, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis Rebecca Horn, Tatsuo Miyajima and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.