European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery is a travelling exhibition that left Mons in Belgium in the beginning of February. The Triennial presents 45 artists from three European countries, Belgium, France and Sweden. After the summer the exhibition will open in Paris.
Contemporary jewellery is an expansive field for art and knowledge in which the difference between accessories and art objects has increased over the years. Jewellery today frequently reflects social issues and commitment and several of the participating artists express thoughts about sustainability, environmental issues and the consumer society. The various perspectives give rise to dialogue, in that contemporary jewellery interests people and can even upset them. As well as wearable art jewellery, the exhibition also includes larger, more artistic objects and films.
The exhibition is one of the most extensive such manifestations to have been held at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. With a total of some forty-five artists from Belgium, Sweden and France, the triennial provides a unique opportunity to acquaint oneself with world class contemporary jewellery. The exhibition shows that art jewellery has a place in the world of international design and that Swedish art jewellery has a prominent position in this field.
Sofia Björkman, who has curated the Swedish jewellery, writes in the catalogue: “Certain themes recur in many of the artists’ work and this has influenced the selection. Materials and treatments mix and result in unique expressions in their art. Variation and rapid changes can be seen as typical of our own time, as are the multi-dimensional approaches of the artists in establishing contact with an equally shifting audience”.
The Triennial is the fruit of collaboration between the principal organizer, the World Crafts Council Belgique-Francophone [WCC-BF] and organizers in the respective countries where the triennial will be shown. In Sweden it is Konsthantverkscentrum which is the collaborating organizer, in partnership with Gustavsbergs Konsthall, and this year France and Sweden have been invited to take part.
The exhibition lasts until 13 May.
A5 (Annika Pettersson, Adam Grinovich), Tobias Alm, Karin Roy Andersson, Lisa Björke, Linnéa Eriksson, Catharina Hällzon, Helena Johansson Lindell, Agnieszka Knap, Agnes Larsson, Li Liang, Kajsa Lindberg, Mia Fkih Mabrouk, Jelizaveta Suska, Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Johanna Törnqvist. Curator: Sofia Björkman
Clarisse Bruynbroeck, Liesbet Bussche, Isabelle Carpentier, Frédérique Coomans, Clémentine Correzzola, Bernard François, Max Gielis, Jonathan Hens, Lodie Kardouss, Jorge Manilla, Patrick Marchal, Dimitar Stankov, Sébastien Vandekerckhove , Octave Vandeweghe, Eve Wolfs. Curator: Françoise Vanderauwera
Marianne Anselin, Stella Bierrenbach, Babette Boucher, Monika Brugger, Sébastien Carré, Marion Delarue, Marine Dominiczak, Sophie Hanagarth, Florence Lehman, Isabelle Leourier, Marie Masson, Nathalie Perret, Galatée Pestre, Céline Sylvestre, Laurence Verdier. Curator: Brune Boyer