“Sympathy and empathy are the characteristics ways of art: a feeling with, a feeling into, the innermost experiences of other men. The work of art is the visible, potable spring from which men share the deep underground sources of their experience. Art arises out of man’s need to create for himself, beyond any requirement for mere animal survival, a meaningful and valuable world: his need to dwell on, to intensify, and to project in more permanent forms those precious parts of his experience that would otherwise slip too quickly out of his grasp, or sink too deeply into his unconscious to be retrieved. »
Lewis Mumford, Art and Technics, 1952.
Founded in 2018, the Robert Mazlo Endowment Fund for Art and Contemporary Art Jewellery aims to promote contemporary studio and art jewellery, and to participate in the preservation of the related know-hows by fostering the bridges between these artistic expression forms and other artistic practices, skills, disciplines and fields of knowledge.
What is contemporary art jewellery ?
“Bijou contemporain” is the default French translation of various English denominations, such as art jewellery, studio jewellery or author jewellery.
The emergence of studio jewellery as a mode of artistic production dates back to the aftermath of the Second World War, first in the United States and then in Europe at the turn of the 1960s. As Kelly L’Ecuyer puts it, “studio jewelry is a practice (…) fundamentally defined not by a particular aesthetic style or single philosophy but by its makers and their work process” (in Jewelry by artists. In the studio – 1940-2000).
Today these terms encompass a wide variety of approaches which nevertheless share certain fundamental features:
As a designer and a maker, the art jeweler makes her/his own one-of-a-kind or limited edition jewellery works.
The artist draws from an infinite palette of materials, from the most modest to precious ones, to express her/his conceptual approach.
Jewellery is not only an ornament but the privileged support of a original artistic expression, echoing the issues of its time.
The foundation of the Robert Mazlo Endowment Fund for Art and Contemporary Art Jewellery results from an alarming observation concerning the situation of contemporary jewellery in France and abroad.
Indeed, despite its already rich history, this mode of artistic expression is struggling to break through a glass ceiling which hinders it to gain the recognition it deserves from the institutions and the general public.
Through an annual program of exhibitions, the Endowment Fund intends to raise awareness, inspire vocations, mobilize and introduce the public (students, general public, collectors) to contemporary experimental art jewellery.
The program aims to support young emerging artists, to strengthen the visibility of established artists and to educate the eye through prestigious exhibitions presenting the greatest masters of this field.
One of the main obstacles to the recognition of contemporary jewellery as an artistic discipline is its hybrid nature, halfway between art, crafts, fashion and design.
The Fund encourages collective and transdisciplinary exhibitions associating jewellery and contemporary art around common and unifying themes, each participant being invited to express her/himself on a subject through her/his own artistic language.
In order to support the education of the new generations and facilitate the transmission of know-hows, the Fund wishes to set up a residency to temporarily host artists invited to hold workshops or give lectures on the occasion of symposia and seminars which could also help to finance future actions.
Besides its annual programme of exhibitions, the Fund aims to support contemporary jewellery through a long-term editorial project including a collection of books in collaboration with the Arketip publishing house, Paris.
This collection will make it possible to publicize the action of the Fund in a tangible and permanent form, but also and above all to promote contemporary jewellery as an artistic discipline through the promotion of the works of guest artists invited and exhibited by the Endowment Fund.
Parcours Bijoux 2020
Do not miss the second edition of the Paris-based festival dedicated to jewellery
The second edition of the Parcours Bijoux will happen this year from October 6 to 25. Launched at the initiative of the association D’un bijou à l’autre, Parcours Bijoux federates various events dedicated to contemporary jewellery, both French and international. Among the highlights of this edition will be the two solo shows hosted by the MAD, the exhibitions of the Alchimia school and of the artists Karin Roy Andersson and Sofia Björkman hosted by the Émergences biennial. As for the Robert Mazlo Endowment Fund for Art & contemporary art jewellery, it will host nOrd, a group show dedicated to the contemporary Danish scene that will feature the works of five of its representatives: Annette Dam, Castello Hansen, Kaori Juzu, Marie-Louise Kristensen and Per Suntum.
New international group show
Oct 08 > Dec 19, 2020
Group show organized on the occasion of the 2020 edition of Parcours Bijoux, the Parisian jewellery festival, and featuring the works of five Danish art jewelers : Annette Dam, Castello Hansen, Kaori Juzu, Marie-Louise Kristensen and Per Suntum.
Nov 14 > Dec 21 , 2019
Group show featuring works of Alexander Blank, Sungho Cho, Karin Herwegh and Fabrizio Tridenti.
Sept 10 > Oct 26, 2019
Group show featuring the works of Melanie Bilenker, Georg Dobler, Sam Tho Duong, Nicola Heidemann, Mariko Kusumoto, Julia maria Künnap, Marie Masson, Märta Mattsson, Alejandra Solar, Gisbert Stach, Felieke van der Leest and French visual artist Magali Lambert.
Paul Adie (UK/DE), Xus Anglès (ES), Núria Anguren (ES), Zoe Arnold (UK), Rike Bartels (DE), Montse Basora (ES), Jamie Bennett (USA), Melanie Bilenker (USA), Alexander Blank (DE), Liv Blavarp (NO), Helen Britton (AU/DE), Sigurd Bronger (NO), Isabelle Busnel (FR/UK), Gemma Canal (ES), Lourdes Carmelo Parra (ES), Sébastien Carré (FR), Monica Cecchi (IT), Attai Chen (DE), Cédric Chevalley (CH), Sung-Ho Cho (KR), Lluís Comín Vilajosana (ES), Jack Cunningham (UK), Lisa Cylinder & Scott Cylinder (USA), Annette Dam (NO/DK), Corrado De Meo (IT), Clara Del Papa (VE/IT), Ylenia Deriu (IT), Nicole Deuster (DE/ES), Maria Diez Serra (ES), Georg Dobler (DE), Sam Tho Duong (DE), Robert Ebendorf (USA), Maria Rosa Franzin (IT), Nicoletta Frigerio (IT), Arata Fuchi (JP/IT), Carla García Durlán (ES), Juanjo García Martín (ES), Alicia Giráldez (ES), Lola Gratacos (ES), Aurélie Guillaume (CA), Steffi Götze (DE), Gésine Hackenberg (DE/NL), Adam Hawk (USA), Nicola Heidemann (DE), Heidemarie Herb (DE/IT), Karin Herwegh (NL), Yu Hiraishi (JP), Serena Holm (IT/SE), Holland Houdek (USA), Yajie Hu (CN), Koen Jacobs (NL), Helfried Kodré (AT), Margit Jaeschke (DE), Kaori Juzu (JP/DK), Yeonmi Kang (KR), Marie-Louise Kristensen (DK), Mariko Kusumoto (JP/USA), Mia Kwon (KR), Julia Maria Künnap (EE), Claire Lavendhomme (BE), Jongseok Lim (KR), Sandra Llusà (ES), Keith Lo Blue (AU), Peter Machata (SK), Jana Machatova (SK), Sebastià Macia (ES), Asagi Maeda (JP), Gigi Mariani (IT), Marie Masson (FR), Märta Mattsson (SE), Wendy McAllister (USA), Judy McCaig (UK/ES), Xavier Monclús (ES), GianCarlo Montebello (IT), Iris Nieuwenburg (NL), Clara Niubó (ES), Kim Nogueira (USA), Barbara Paganin (IT), Renzo Pascale (IT), Liana Pattihis (CY/UK), Pietro Pellitteri (IT), Jo Pond UK), Katja Prins (NL), Ramon Puig Cuyàs (ES), Katherine Richmond (UK), Robin Kranitzky & Kim Overstreet (USA), Carme Roher (ES), Stefano Rossi (IT), Chiara Scarpitti (IT), Nicole Schuster (DE), Joyce J. Scott (USA), Carina Shoshtary (DE), Alejandra Solar (MX/LU), Bettina Speckner (DE), Gisbert Stach (DE), Claudia Steiner (AT), Per Suntum (DK), Tore Svensson (SE), Fumiki Taguchi (JP), Yoko Takirai (JP/IT), Fátima Tocornal (ES), Fabrizio Tridenti (IT), Barbara Uderzo (IT), Karen Vanmol (BE), Gabi Veit (IT), Silvia Walz (DE/ES), Annamaria Zanella (IT), Christel van der Laan (NL/AU), Felieke van der Leest (NL/NO), Artemis Valsamakis (GR)
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