The chain between function and ornament
From 27th October 2017 to 25th March 2018
Organized by Alba Cappellieri
The exhibition pays tribute to the chain, a common element both in ancient and contemporary jewellery. A mechanical instrument of traction, the chain has been the inspiration of a whole array of jewellery and the expression of Italian manufacture and beauty.
On display is a selection of precious chains, part of the Veneto tradition and proof of a considerable artisan and industrial production in the Bassano del Grappa and Vicenza districts. The susceptibility of the panorama of Veneto jewellery-making towards chain manufacture is further confirmed by Vicenza's Aziende Riunite catalogue (Company Association) issued in the early 1900s, which includes a vast and varied selection of chains.
As well as classical and traditional examples of chain production, the exhibition also includes modern jewellery from leading Italian gold art companies and contemporary Italian designers.
An exhibition that shows how extraordinary jewellery, whose value lies in creativity, innovation and the value of tradition, can be generated from a simple functional element.