Opening: 23 November – 6:30 – 8:30 pm Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce Pommes de Jong, the first wearable art exhibition in London of the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong. The Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband Tom Weyland decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge number of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Having flowers and seeds growing above the ground and the roots underground, de Jong is fascinated by the enigmatic nature of these tubers. The artist finds in them an erotic shade thinking about the potato flower and what she calls the ‘potato balls’ that contain the seeds. De Jong specifically […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce its participation, for the first time, at TEFAF during this 30th edition of the Fair. For this occasion, Elisabetta Cipriani is pleased to present the new creations by Giulio Paolini, which include three pendants inspired by former installations of the artist ‘Amore e Psyche’ and ‘Sulla Soglia’. The pendants represent classical figures seen from behind, facing directly at the heart of the wearer, trying to trespass the threshold between the outer and the inner dimension. The importance of love dwells also in the ring ‘Due in Uno’ which unites two gold rings in one piece, leading to an infinite line of movement. This piece was first conceived by Paolini in silver 1967 as a present to his wife and only two exemplars were made until now. The exhibition will also include Ai Weiwei’s ‘Rebar in Gold’, a bracelet to commemorate the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in 2008. This piece features one of the contortioned rebar bars that the artist found at the place of the massacre, which casted in gold became a memento to the preciousness of life. Furthermore, the visitor will find an array of exceptional pieces such as Frank Stella’s impressive Ring and […]
Opening: 7 February 6-8pm We are delighted to invite you to discover the first wearable art project by renowned Italian artist Giulio Paolini in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani. Paolini’s jewellery is a manifesto of the artist’s idea of love, expressed using an elemental and timeless artistic language. He achieved to capture, in a subtle and elegant manner, the underlying intimacy and complicity within a couple. Escaping any dramatic effects, the artist materialises the silent dialogue taking place between two lovers . The ‘Due in Uno’ ( ‘Two in One’) ring for example, ‘consists of a line in movement that comes to an end at the same point it departed. Two rings, in this case, chase each other to show form and function as two equal things, or better, one single thing.’ G. Paolini Inspired by former installations of the artist ‘Amore e Psiche’ and ‘Sulla Soglia’, Paolini conceived three pendants representing a woman in Hellenistic style seen from behind, facing directly at the heart of the wearer. These pieces are uncompleted when unworn since their significance is to point out those hidden secrets, creating an interrelation between art and wearer and highlighting the universality of the gaze as a bonding action. […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Design Miami from Nov 30 – Dec 4 2016 at Stand G15. The highlight of the exhibition will be the presentation of Segments of Light, a new body of one-of-a-kind works by the renowned Italian artist Giorgio Vigna. These works focus on combining full and empty forms that manifest the primary and primordial aspects of nature. The segment is the starting point of the creation of these works; it moves, multiplies, draws paths and expands in imaginary universes that dialogue with natural forms. Distinct forms in the shape of earrings, brooches, bracelets and rings are made of 18kt yellow gold, oxidised silver, copper and diamonds. We will be also showing works by Adel Abdessemed, Jannis Kounellis, Ifeanyi Oganwu, Giulio Paolini, Frank Stella, Ai Weiwei and Erwin Wurm amongst others, as well as fabulous furniture by the Campana Brothers. We look forward to seeing you all in Miami!
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 […]
“The starting point is the encounter with the artist, whether planned or unexpected, it begins the challenge to create a wearable sculpture, not only precious but also capable of expressing a new identity. This is the result of the artist’s creativity, of the dialogue with the gallerist and of the personality of whom chooses to wear it.” Originally from Rome and now gallerist in London, Elisabetta Cipriani will be back in her hometown after nearly eleven years, choosing the ‘room of Babel’ at the Nuova Pesa Gallery of Simona Marchini. A room with a strong identity to bring together twelve artists with different aesthetical languages: not only a jewellery exhibition, but a chance to share artistic paths, at times dialectical, which find accord in the space provided by Elisabetta Cipriani. The abstract avant-garde of Carla Accardi, the relief structures of Enrico Castellani, the reflections on space and memory by Pedro Cabrita Reis, the strong message of Jannis Kounellis’s Arte Povera, the metaphor on spiritual energy of Rebecca Horn, the humour of Erwin Wurm – defined ‘as cool as a cucumber’– and the primordial, natural shapes of Giorgio Vigna are only some of the artistic provocations of (Precious) Identity. All of […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is pleased to announce a new collaborative project with renowned Italian artist Enrico Castellani. Nastro (1963-2016) is an exclusive jewel made from 18kt yellow satin gold that can be worn either as a brooch or as a necklace. The artist has created an edition of ten pieces, on show and available at Elisabetta Cipriani gallery, London from 29 February 2016. Enrico Castellani is regarded as one of Italy’s most important living artists. The new work Nastro can be located within the artist’s wider practice in the way in which it expresses Castellani’s consistent poetical engagement with the manipulation of surfaces and light, evident here in the elegant bending of a single strip plate into an intriguing anthropomorphic shape. Nastro has a connection with Castellani’s personal history, first coming to life in 1963 when the artist decided to design and create a gift for his then partner, a token of love that the recipient has kept with her ever since. The piece embodies a more unconventional aesthetic than Superficie, a jewellery collaboration between Cipriani and Castellani realised in 2012, which exhibits the artist’s characteristic relief surfaces as seen in the Castellani celebrated series of work Superficie Nera (1959). About Enrico Castellani […]
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 […]