Precious Florence

From the 5th of October until the 23rd La Specola Museum of Florence, near Pitti Palace, is hosting the 2011 edition of  Preziosa,  an exhibition dedicated to contemporary jewellery created in 2005 by Le Arti Orafe, the jewellery school and academy founded by Giò Carbone, whose prestige is recognized both in Italy and abroad. Another excellent opportunity to book your holiday apartment in Florence and visit the town’s highlights.

The event is the first art exhibition of contemporary jewellery which has been exported, and much appreciated, abroad with the 2007 edition in Barcelona and the 2009 one in New Delhi, as well as every year in Munich. It is truly a showcase of excellence which sheds light on the various goldsmith techniques both modern and antique and presents artists internationally famous.

Le Arti Orafe is the first private school dedicated to the goldsmith’s art born in Italy, appreciated all over the world, not only for the absolute validity of its teaching methods, combining traditional craftsmanship to technical innovation and contemporary design, but also for its efforts in diffusing over the years refined jewellery by organizing exhibitions, conferences and meetings which have culminated in the Preziosa project.

This year on show at Preziosa the monographic exhibition, Parallel Worlds, by Japanese artist Mari Ishikawa edited by Maria Cristina Bergesio. The recurring theme of the last collection of this award-winning designer, born in Osaka but now living in Munich, is nature. The artist observes nature during its cyclic periods and expresses her deep fascination managing to infuse in both her photographs and her jewellery its magic.

Mari Ishikawa’s jewels are pure sculptures representing the innermost details of nature’s show, celebrated by the colours she uses. With works such as ‘Moon light Shadow’, ‘In the Shadow of a Tree’, ‘Clouds’,  the artist conceives the delicacy of intertwined branches, leaves, flowers and buds by working together silver, pearls, paper and Japanese lacquer.

Since 2008 also Preziosa Young, from an idea of Giò Carbone to promote the work of young designers/goldsmiths and the technical and formal innovations of contemporary jewellery, now at its fourth edition. On show thus the works of eight young artists chosen by an international committee for their individual research and the originality of their creations and coming from China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Sweden.

Some of the jewels on show have been donated by the artists themselves, by the teachers and the students of Le Arti Orafe as well as by some designers so as to be put up for auction in favour of the non-profit organization FiorGen created to fund research for the medical diagnosis of genetic disorder and degenerative diseases.

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