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Louise Bourgeois - Jean Arp - Salvador Dali

One hundred and sixty accessories designed by painters, sculptors or photographers, modern and contemporary. That makes you want to start a collection ...

Walk a minipot Jean-Pierre Raynaud pendant! You are sure to attract attention and fuel conversations. The jewel of the artist is popular with the originals. A collection unveiled at the Municipal Credit makes the obvious demonstration: the greatest painters or sculptors of the twentieth century have focused on our frivolous accessories. Beginning with Picasso, hands-on, who in the 1950s wanted to see his terracotta creations interpreted in precious metal.

From Surrealism to Kineticism

One hundred and sixty objects of adornment are presented. What variety! All materials were used - until the dried potato and dipped in gold model Jacqueline de Jong, facetious Dutch ... All schools are illustrated. Kineticism? See the earrings of Jesús Rafael Soto whose gold and silver stems move to elicit optical effects. Surrealism ? The divine Dalí, of course, has been there. Man Ray has designed "pendant pendants", evoking sheets of endless rolled paper. We find in miniature the paw of the artist, his palette, his style, it's funny. Here are the cuts of Caesar turned into brooch, here are the spiders Louise Bourgeois ready to stitch a jacket. The rings of Anish Kapoor reveal reflective cavities in which the eye is lost, like its monumental installations. Yue Minjun's miniatures smile as in all Chinese paintings.

Gifts and multiples

Often, these decorative works are unique pieces. Gift from their author to their wife, to a friend. Calder would have tinkered a thousand. Was he invited to a dinner whose hostess named himself Denise, he grabbed his brass spool, twisted it to shape the letter D, and mounted it in staple! Other creations are intended for wide distribution. The enamel brooch of Roy Lichtenstein, a woman's head stylized by the prince of pop art, was released in 1968 in unlimited print. "What does not prevent it from being preciosissime today!", is delighted the mysterious collector who shows his treasures at Credit Municipal.That's good to know.So, let's look at contemporary" derivative products.A watch with a photograph of Cindy Sherman is sold at Barneys in New York, we hurry! This multiple is published in 150 copies.

A minor art?

The jewel of the artist is everywhere, in galleries, museums, auctions. Diane Venet, wife of Bernar, the sculptor, propelled the genre by mounting exhibitions at the Roubaix Pool, first, and then at the MAD - museum of Arts and Design - in New York. Her daughter, Esther de Beaucé, opens a gallery in Paris, MiniMasterpiece, and launches in the edition in collaboration with renowned visual artists or beginners. What attracts them to this "minor" art? A new experience. "It's a challenge, a small challenge, to adapt your ideas, to express your emotions on a different scale", enthuses the young gallery owner."There is also a joy to talk to the craftsman who interprets our models", says the artist Sophia Vari, whose abstract compositions lend themselves to rings, bracelets in volume.You can shine to wear them.We can present them locked under a bell in his living room.The adornment becomes sculpture.


Galleries. Cipango. 14, rue de l'Échaudé, 75006. Tel. 01 43 26 08 92 and galerie-paris.com MiniMasterpiece. The jewels of Sophia Vari will be exhibited from Nov. 14 to Dec. 8. 16, rue des Saints-Pères, 75007. Tel. 06 62 01 63 06 and galerieminimasterpiece.com. Pierre-Alain Challier. 8, rue Debelleyme, 75003. Tel. 01 49 96 63 00 and pacea.fr. Naïla of Monbrison. 6, rue de Bourgogne, 75007. Tel. 01 47 05 11 15 and naila-de-monbrison.com Exhibition. "Artists' jewelery, a collection", from October 8, 2012 to January 8, 2013. Crédit Municipal de Paris. 55, rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004. Tel. 01 44 61 63 07.

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