Sophia Vari ‘All Mediums are Noble’

Sophia Vari ‘All Mediums are Noble’


“Outdoor monumental sculptures need to be accepted and engage with nature. Indoor sculptures have to be present without disturbing the surrounding. With jewellery is to make women more beautiful, strong, and secure. The challenge with jewellery is that one is limited with size and shapes, but there is an excitement when it becomes impeccable” Sophia Vari Elisabetta Cipriani is very honoured to announce the exhibition of extraordinary late artist Sophia Vari wearable sculptures at the London gallery. “All Mediums are Noble” will open on June 7th and will be on view util July 7th 2023 The gallery will present a total of 40 wearable sculptures of which 13 are exclusively made for the exhibition. “All Mediums are Noble” is an exhibition featuring works from early 2000s to 2023. The variety of medium present in these works is exceptional and unique. Works made of marble from Thassos, Carrara and Belgium, gold, silver, amaranth wood, Pau Amarelo wood, resin and rock-crystal are chosen to emphasise the composition of volume, form and movement. Sophia Vari has been working in sculpture for over 55 years and the evolution came by itself; one work lead to another and the lines became more precise. Jewellery have a […]



Elisabetta Cipriani Wearable Art will be pleased to exhibit for the first time at Nomad St. Moritz this Febraury from the 23rd to the 26th 2023 at the newly renovated Hotel Grace La Margna.  Our room is 101 and it is located at the first floor. The gallery is delighted to curate an exhibition of new, outstanding, wearable art projects exclusively made for the gallery by renowned visual artists of the calibre of Ai Weiwei with Rings W & M, Atelier Van Lieshout with The Burghers, Maria Nepomuceno with Vases (Vaso Vida); Giuseppe Penone with Salvia (Sage) ring, Chiharu Shiota withCarrying Memory. The gallery will also exhibit a selection of Giorgio Vigna spectacular works that could be enjoyed with closed eyes. New works by the artist will include ‘Sassi’(Stones) magnetic brooches, the one of a kind Geodi (Geodes) sculptural necklace, the creatures of the sea ‘Floralia’ earrings and rock like ring Crystalline. Elisabetta Cipriani will showcase the bold, sensual, and feminine wearable sculptures by Sophia Vari, of whom we are very pleased to announce the exclusive representation of her wearable sculptures in the UK. Together with the gallery visual artists, Elisabetta Cipriani will also be delighted to present works by artist jewellers […]

Elisabetta Cipriani creates wearable sculptures in new artist collaborations


Elisabetta Cipriani’s new works include partnerships with Giuseppe Penone and Sophia Vari By Hanna Silver for Wallpaper* November 16, 2022 Read

Elisabetta Cipriani announce the representation of Sophia Vari in the United Kingdom


Elisabetta Cipriani is very honoured to announce the representation of Sophia Vari extraordinary Wearable Art in the United Kingdom. “I have always admired Sophia Vari Wearable Art; they represent as a whole, the characteristics of how today’s women should be: bold, sophisticated, practical and unique. Her forms and volumes are particularly accentuated when the artist combines wood with noble metals. There is always a pleasing surprise when looking at her wearable sculptures; the forms theatrically change with the movement of the body and each side suggests a different story”. “When I create a jewel, I don’t think about a ‘jewel’ but a ‘sculpture’, putting in all my convictions and strength. It is only later that I adapt the sculpture with technical tools to make it wearable.” Sophia Vari Sophia Vari – Clytemnestre 2013. Ebony, yellow gold and silver patinated necklace. 24 x 19 cm. Unique Sophia Vari (B. 1940) is an acclaimed Greek artist who was born in Athens, to a Greek father and a Hungarian mother. Vari spent part of her childhood in Switzerland, studied in Greece and France, and nowadays lives between Greece, Monte Carlo and Pietrasanta (Italy). Sophia Vari’s work is a reflection of her multicultural upbringing, […]

Creating Waves – Solo Show by Ute Decker


Creating Waves a solo show of Ute Decker at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery Preview 19 May 6 – 8.30 2022 20 – 31 May 2022, Mayfair, London       Elisabetta Cipriani presents a series of new sensuous and powerful wearable sculptures by the master of the sculptural jewel Ute Decker. The award winning, internationally exhibited artist jeweller, with pieces in several museum collections including the V&A sculpts movement into powerful minimalist forms for her first solo show at the gallery. Sensuous undulations characterize the new Waves series created for this exhibition. Expressing the beauty of nature through abstractions, Ute Decker is arresting time to take a closer look at the movement of waves, usually so fleeting       From the gentle and calming waves of her neck piece “Ocean” to powerful forces of nature erupting in her arm sculpture “Wild Waters”, they curve sensuously around the arm and neck                           Elisabetta Cipriani explains, “When I discovered Ute’s work in 2013, I was fascinated by how her infinite sensuous curves were moving in space. The body acts as a canvas for her sculptural fluid shapes. With its movement, […]

A Conversation with Maria Nepomuceno


Vases (Vaso Vida), 2021 necklace and ring (necklace vase 5.5 x 7 cm; ring 3 x 3 cm) Edition of 10. Signed and numbered   The Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno creates imaginative and playful contemplations of the world around us. Through her original technique of sewing coloured ropes into vivacious spiral shapes, Nepomuceno’s work explores the regenerative powers of human bodies, human societies and human interactions with nature. The Financial Times magazine called the artist’s bright, biomorphic forms ‘an alternative to wasteful consumerism’, and across the globe world-renown art institutions such as the Barbican Centre in London, The Norval Foundation in Cape Town, Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro have commissioned her to brighten their spaces with her colourful, thought-provoking sculptures. Nepomuceno has worked with the indigenous braiders of Brazil’s north eastern Acre region, and she brought together a group of artisans in Margate, England to create her Turner Contemporary installation – her practice is continuously enriched and inspired by the partnerships she creates. Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery is proud to become part of her collaborative artistic process, and we are thrilled to present to you the artist’s first wearable art project. E.C: Your wearable art project Vases (Vaso Vida) is […]

24th – 28th March | Mythical Creatures: a Magical Collaboration


We are very thrilled to announce an unusual and unique exhibition of Wearable Art. It is an extraordinary dialogue between Art Couture and Art Jewellery. The theme behind this presentation is Mythical Creatures. Each one of us is a mythical creature within ourselves. We welcome you to see how these creatures manifested themselves into art. With expressive and dramatic canvases and textiles unifying  fine art into luxury couture, Aigana Gali, in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani, engage the ethereal dialogue of wearable art and sculptural forms through mythological creatures that capture our imaginations. On the 24th of March, we will inaugurate this exciting exhibition at 12pm with a talk between Aigana, Dina Marchant, Andrea Jarvis Hamilton and Elisabetta. And for our night-owls, we will share a preview with drinks onwards from 6-8pm.   The exhibition will be on view at Andrea Hamilton Studios, 68 Kinnerton Street (Belgravia), from the 24th – 28th of March, 11am – 7pm. On the 29th, by appointment only.  About Aigana Gali: contemporary artist whose work conjures a universe of resilient colour, immersive textures, and the mystery of existence. Aigana’s unique brand Manifestations Art Couture is at the forefront of unifying the art and fashion worlds, to offer unique […]

International Women’s Day: Five Inspirations


The 8th of March marks the return of International Women’s Day, and with it, Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery honours the multidisciplinary practices of wearable art projects and collaborations with leading female contemporary artists.   On this day, the world brings major recognition to the achievements of women from all industries. It represents that everyone deserves to have a voice, to tell their story, and to choose how they want to convey it. This year, International Women’s Day calls for the theme of Each For Equal, that the world broadens its perceptions beyond seeing gender and focus on what’s truly important, and so we salute the creative talents and ingenuity of women that continue to become so accomplished. For this occasion we would like to celebrate the works of five inspirational female artists who have challenged their artistic practices, often working with sculpture, painting, and architectural design, and redefining what it means to wear a work of art. Experimenting with different materials such as gold and silver, these artists confronted the major complexities surrounding wearable art, how it caters to wearer, how it reflects the characteristic of the artist, and how it presents a design that is fundamentally different from their other […]

The Fly – Ilya and Emilia Kabakov


Elisabetta Cipriani speaks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov about The Fly  Widely known as pioneers of conceptual art, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are among the most significant international artists to have emerged in the late 20th century. Having worked together since the late 1980s, the Russian-born American based duo is best known for their paintings, drawings, and immersive installations which address ideas of utopianism. Elisabetta Cipriani invited the Kabakovs to discuss their expansive artistic career and wearable art collection, The Fly. EC: You started working together in the late 1980s. What led to this artistic partnership, and why do you enjoy working together? IEK: This is a loaded question and one we always try to avoid answering. How can you explain why your relationship works? Why your marriage doesn’t fail? Or how you won a lottery/ you simply cannot. But we can say this: love, mutual respect, ability to listen to each other and… intervention of some luck and Angels. The rest is easy. We have been working together for 31 years now and we have known each other… forever. We wouldn’t be together if we didn’t enjoy working together. Our life is our work and our work is our life. EC: Over the past […]

Modern Day Talismans


For as long as jewellery has existed, jewels have been worn as amulets, charms, or talismans. A talisman is believed to carry magical and protective powers; some protect the wearer from danger or negative energy, others bring good fortune, and others serve as symbolic declarations of love, strength, and hope. Talismanic jewellery is a universal form of adornment with prehistoric origins. In India and ancient Greece, gold was believed to have healing powers; ancient Chinese and Egyptian culture believed that jewels, such as turquoise and jade, were the keys to the afterlife; the Aztecs understood the mystical value of jewels, offering emeralds and jade to the gods by throwing them into the sea; and in traditional African  and Islamic cultures, talismanic jewellery was worn to ward off evil spirits. Interest in talismanic jewellery, in their different forms, continues to have tremendous international appeal today. Drawing inspiration from both ancient and modern cultural symbolism, Elisabetta Cipriani’s wearable art collaborations highlight contemporary artists’ reinterpretation of amulet materials and symbols to create new kinds of enchanting talismanic jewels. Inspired by ancient beliefs in the mystical healing properties of stones, German contemporary artist Rebecca Horn and Lebanese jewellery designer Noor Fares are united in […]