Friday May 19th 2017
From May 19 until 5 November 2017, The Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris hosts the exhibition MEDUSA - Bijoux et Tabous: an exhibition around jewelry that questions our relationship to jewelry both physically and conceptually. Neither sculpture nor fashion per se, jewelry lies somewhere in between.
MEDUSA gathers 400 works - hand made, delegated, unique or multiple - by artists (like Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Calder, Dali, Picasso, Fontana, to Fabrice Gygi, Thomas Hirschorn...), with studio designers' jewelry (from Lalique, Anni Albers, Line Vautrin, Georg Jensen, Tony Duqette, Bless...), and contemporary jewelry (from Gijs Bakker, Otto Kunzli, Karl Fritsch, Ruudt Peters, to Sophie Hanagarth....) as well as high end pieces (Victoire de Castellane, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier). There will also be a few anonymous or more ancient jewelry (Egyptian, medieval, Native American, hip hop, costume jewelry): different kinds of jewelry that are usually not confronted.
The exhibition includes various pieces by Gijs Bakker on loan from the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, such as two iconic 1967 large aluminium collars, a brooch from the Real? series, and the Profile Ornament for Emmy van Leersum, as well as the Triller ring by Hannes Wettstein from the chp...? jewelry collections.