Yesterday the most important design fair in the world started and we are really proud that many teachers of Alchimia take part in it.
Lucia Massei is present with a personal exhibition at Galleria Antonella Villanova.
In the project Absentia-Essentia – Massei’s latest pieces of jewelry realized and displayed in a cross-dialogue with admired Italian painter Pizzi Cannella.
The jewels of Massei, made with gold, shibuichi, silver, iron and pigments, are evocative forms: the suggested but unsaid, the energy retained, the empty space as a contrast, the intermission of silence between musical notes or words, the suspension.
Massei’s work aims to capture the “in-between,” attempting to catch what separates and links strength and fragility, transience and eternity, past and future. Her jewels capture the transition from raw matter to unique and essential forms. Perceiving a particularly affinity with her poetry, Massei will involve the celebrated artist Piero Pizzi Cannella to conceive a silk wall tissue made by Antico Setificio Fiorentino, an Italian factory specializing in silk production. In 1780 the Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorraine donated several looms to the factory, enabling the decoration of the most beautiful and prestigious homes and museums throughout Europe.
The silk tissue is decorated with a chandelier, creating an evocative subject that is frequently present in Pizzi Cannella works. It becomes a total interior environment, conceived to lend the exhibition the proper “suspended” scenography.
Further Alchimia teachers present at AntonellaVillanova are Peter Bauhuis, Daniela Boieri and Marzia Rossi plus Alchimia alumni Akiko Ban and Flora Vagi.
Gallery Ornamentum premieres “Qi” – the latest work of Dutch conceptual jeweler Ruudt Peters, artistic director of Alchimia.
Continuing a long search for various forms of alchemy, Peters found himself in China for three months, exploring the inner alchemy (Qi) of Eastern culture. The resulting exhibition is comprised of blind drawings on stone, either made into wearable pendants and brooches and layered with further drawings constructed of silver or as large stone decorative tablets. It also features porcelain figures, like the clay army of Emperor Jing Di cast from acupuncture model, abstracted with additions of materials such as glass and hair among others, based on his diary of experiences as a Westerner in a complex, foreign land. A catalogue with text by Fredric Baas of the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch will accompany the exhibition.