On May 26th and 27th, among the “Preziosa Florence Jewellery Week 2017” events, we held a cycle of lectures in the amazing “Sala Capitolare del Chiostro di Santo Spirito”. Artists and curators traced the history of the contemporary jewellery, or offered a different view from the the conventional one.
Art historical and curator Inger Wastberg talked about the jewels transformation, or material study like wood illustrated by the anthropoligist and artist d Martina Dempf in her lecture, explaining the aesthetic potential, from the 70ies to today, highlighting the most interesting contemporaneous artists. Tasso Mattar illustrated instead the connection and interaction between the object and who is possessing that.
The jewellery histroy and its evolution in the time and space has been the matter of many lectures as for Kevin Murray, curator from New Zealand, Shruti Agrawal indian artist and teacher, art history teachers Maria Laura La Mantia and Maria Cristina Bergesio, David Loepp american artist. Roberta Bernabei talked about the implemented integration of traditional technique and the digital technology in the jewellery field, displaying case studies and application in the medical sector. Closing speech by Petra Hoelscher, Curator of Die Neue Sammlung, The Design Museum at Pinakothek der Moderne of München, Germany.
Furthermore in the morning of 27th, l’Osservatorio mestieri d’Arte presented the 4° edition of OmA 2040 Contest. This contest aims to give space and visibility to the young artistical craftsmen.
But the most thrilling moment was when Giò Carbone, LAO- Le Arti Orafe Director, had been awarded with the David Prize 2017. This prize is given to people who used to stand out for engagement in the world of jewellery culture and the artist Tasso Mattar wanted to deliver it by his own hands. A thrilling and sensitive moment, that concluded in a terrific way the days at Chiostro di Santo Spirito.