Giò Pomodoro at Museo del Gioiello

In Vicenza, they celebrate the work of one of the greatest goldsmiths, engravers and sculptors of the 20th century

«Beauty causes pain when it is taken away from us.» Giò Pomodoro once said. The Italian artist spent his entire life in search of beauty, creating jewelry and monumental works. Now, 16 years after his death, the works of the great artist and sculptor will be on display at Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza in the temporary retrospective “Gio’ Pomodoro Jewellery: the sign and the ornament”, an exhibition curated by Paola Stroppiana, which will be open to the public from 22nd March to 2nd September 2018. Many works from private collections, rarely on display to the public, will be on show for all to admire. The itinerary presents over sixty items covering almost half a century. A story that unwinds from the early 1950s, testifying the shift from figurative to Informal, to jewellery in pure gold embossed sheet and cuttlefish casting. It then goes on to the geometric shapes of the 1970s where the mechanical element was joined by a distinct use of coloured enamels (included are examples exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York in 1994 during The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943–1968 exhibition) to arrive at the figurative creativity of items from the '80s, serial jewellery, prototypes and new experiments on hard stones in the 1990s.

«Every item of jewellery englobes a great ability for design, the sign, intellectually expressed in designs of rare beauty, and the ornament, the result of a copious archives full of references on classical culture and the ritual-metaphysical dimension. Moreover, Pomodoro knew how to maintain a close bond with his sculptural work, transposing into his jewellery, and vice versa, the results of his own research, from Tensioni and Folle to Gusci, from Contatti to Soli.» Said curator Paola Stroppiana.

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