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ACJ & Morley Jewellery Lecture: A Talk by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

March 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am - May 13, 2019 @ 12:00 am

New Materials and Modernist Movements in Jewellery: From 1950s till today

May Jewellery Lecture

Modernism in jewellery had its early beginnings around 1900 and in the 1920s, but never has jewellery in its history experienced such an explosion of ideas and designs as today. After 1945 there was a spirit of breaking with traditions and experimenting with new techniques in making jewellery, and what was to follow had never been seen before. The scope of materials is vast ranging from platinum to titanium and paper to plastics. The motto is “everything goes”. Jewellery developed ever more into an art form, and galleries specifically representing contemporary jewellery opened in the early 1970s in Europe and the USA.

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Beatriz Chadour-Sampson is an international jewellery historian, author and lecturer. Her publications range from the classical world to the present day and include her doctoral thesis on the Italian goldsmith Antonio Gentili da Faenza (1980) and catalogues for the jewellery collection of the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne (1985) and for the Alice and Louis Koch Collection of rings, Switzerland (1994), the latter in her capacity as curator of the collection for the Swiss National Museum, Zurich. She was consultant curator for the redesign of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and guest curator of its Pearls exhibition in 2013-14. For the Dallas Museum of Art she has worked on the Inge Asenbaum collection of contemporary jewellery and her publications in this field include David Watkins, Wendy Ramshaw and Friedrich Becker.

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Image: ‘Jazzz’ Neckpiece, 1994 © David Watkins

The Morley Jewellery Lecture Series is arranged in affiliation with the Association for Contemporary Jewellery.

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March 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am
May 13, 2019 @ 12:00 am