The history of Italian jewellery and its main protagonists are on show from 24 November 2016 to 20 March 2017 at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan. The exhibition “20th century Italian Jewels” is curated by historian Melissa Gabardi.
The exhibition promotes Italian savoir-faire through more than 150 artworks, some of which have never been showcased before. Displayed in chronological order, the exhibits complement the museum’s collection of gold and precious objects, in keeping with the intentions of its founder Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.
Tiaras, bracelets, rings, brooches created by great goldsmiths and renowned Italian brands such as Buccellati, Ravasco, Ascione, Bulgari are presented with photographs illustrating the development of this wonderful art, from the elegant volutes of Art Nouveau jewels to the geometries of the contemporary creations of the Padua School.
The Cologni Foundation, with the support of the École des Arts Joailliers Van Cleef & Arpels, published an educational brochure, curated by Lia Lenti, to illustrate the artisanal techniques used in jewellery.