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 […]
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. […]
Elisabetta Cipriani - Jewellery by Contemporary Artists invites internationally acclaimed sculptors and painters to design jewelry as unique wearable sculptures. At Design Miami/Basel 2015 ( June 16 - 21, 2015), the gallery is delighted to present an extraordinary monograph of the Italian artist Giorgio Vigna as well as a selection of projects recently created in collaboration with the gallery.
PAD LONDON 2014 / October 13-19th / Berkeley square / W1 Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Artists is delighted to announce a group show including fifteen of the most well-know international contemporary living artists represented by the Gallery. Among the projects on display, an extraordinary collaboration with internationally acclaimed Rebecca Horn and noted goldsmith Luisa del Valle, that uses the ancient Etruscan technique of crafting, which brings to unique pieces of jewellery conveying a mélange of antiquity and contemporaneity. The snail rose gold ring evokes the idea of sensuality, movement and energy present throughout the artist’s ouvre.
Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Artists invites well known sculptors and painters to design jewelry as unique wearable sculptures. The gallery is delighted to present an extraordinary collaborative project by the international acclaimed artist Rebecca Horn at Design Miami/ Basel. Horn gracefully shifts from one creative genre to the next as a sculptor who devises surreal extensions to the human body, as a performance artist who directs feature-length films, and as a poet who constructs elaborate mechanized sculptures. Yet, however interdisciplinary her work is, it is all finely interwoven. Themes of human vulnerability, emotional fragility, sexuality and energy pervade her narratives and binds together her production.