Gold, silver and jewels: these precious materials were for a long time the favorite form of personal adornment. But since the 1960s their dominance has been undermined by objets trouvés, everyday utensils, plastics, or parts of plants. The jewellery made from these, each piece of which is a one-off and bears the unmistakable signature of the person who made it, relates to visual art, fashion and design. Worn as art works, these pieces of jewellery explore the boundaries of what is actually wearable and through their shape or size indeed often conflict with the body. With their pieces eighty international designers and – especially for the Museum Bellerive – national artists clearly show that the possibilities and applications of jewellery are practically unlimited. From small, fantastical brooches to portraits of stars made from strings of pearls: jewellery breaks out of the confines of museum showcases, spreads across walls and floors to create a space-filling installation or, in the form of urban jewellery, even decorates the street.
An exhibition of the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem in collaboration with the Museum Bellerive