We are in Rome at MAXXI, the majestic Museum of Contemporary Art that will host until January 14, 2018 “Corpo, Movimento, Struttura” an exhibition aiming at carrying out an unprecedented survey on contemporary jewelry.
Six designers and six architects meet to tell us about the common language made of relationships, connections, balance of weights and volumes shared by architecture and jewelry.
The link between small and large scale is told through the exhibition of jewels next to the preparatory drawings, in order to show the many common points between jewelry and architecture, regardless their different purposes and scale as they both relate with the body in movement providing structures that can "inhabit" it or make it inhabit a space.
In the same way jewelry is presented together with the preparatory drawings so as to illustrate the development of the design process and the execution of the one-off and limited edition pieces, a process very different to that of industrial jewelry. Exhibited alongside these pieces are a selection of architectural models from the MAXXI Architecture collection that interact with the jewelry as pure structural suggestions, following the formal conjugations and expressive registers of the designers.
A jewel is an object that is open to many and different readings , the first being traditionally aesthetic, for the beauty of the work as well as the idea of the beautiful that a jewel conveys and transmits. Alongside with this, however, the complexity of a jewel structure, idea and form stands out.
Giampaolo Babetto, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Peter Chang, Monica Cecchi and Philip Sajet are called to interpret with their new creations the models by the architects Vittorio De Feo, IaN +, Sergio Musmeci, Pier Luigi Nervi, Maurizio Sacripanti and Carlo Scarpa, as collected at MAXXI Architecture.
This is not just an opportunity to travel within the two forms of space art, but it is also a way to remember the disappearance of Peter Chang's figure and work.