Special exhibition

05.05.2022–25.09.2022

JEWELLERY & IMAGE

 

The Grassi Adorns You

JEWELLERY & IMAGE

Almost unnoticed, a collection of contemporary jewellery has grown in the museum over the last decades, which is now coming into the public eye. The objects attest to the gradual emancipation of jewellery design as an autonomous form of artistic expression. But what are brooches, rings, and necklaces without one to wear them? Jewellery can only be realised on the body, as a representation of the self and/or as a symbol of perception to the outside world.

Thus, it is only logical to understand people and jewellery as a unity, and to photograph them with ‘their’ piece of jewellery. Personalities who are connected to the museum in various ways are ‘adorned’ and brought into the frame by aspiring and established photographers. In the exhibition, the pieces of jewellery correspond with the photographic works, making possible a deeper and more mutual perception.Almost unnoticed, a collection of contemporary jewellery has grown in the museum over the last decades, which is now coming into the public eye. The objects attest to the gradual emancipation of jewellery design as an autonomous form of artistic expression. But what are brooches, rings, and necklaces without one to wear them? Jewellery can only be realised on the body, as a representation of the self and/or as a symbol of perception to the outside world. Thus, it is only logical to understand people and jewellery as a unity, and to photograph them with ‘their’ piece of jewellery. Personalities who are connected to the museum in various ways are ‘adorned’ and brought into the frame by aspiring and established photographers. In the exhibition, the pieces of jewellery correspond with the photographic works, making possible a deeper and more mutual perception.

 

curation: Sabine Epple

Necklace "Bonita” Svenja John, Berlin, 2019