1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial
16.09 – 20.11.2021
COLD SWEAT, the title of the 1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, invites us to reflect on BODY, FEAR and PROTECTION in a programme that includes exhibitions projects, talks, meetings and masterclasses. The current pandemic forces us rethink our modus operandi, and the fear and uncertainty it has caused led us to choose a remarkable aspect in the history of jewellery – physical and spiritual protection – as the Biennial’s theme, and what it means in the 21st century as a subject to discuss.
The theme emerged with a planned exhibition that PIN launched in March 2020 at the start of lockdown: protective jewellery pieces/objects. They have been displayed in an online exhibition since July 2020 organised by MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda.
Delicate Like Iron at Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
image credits: Jewellery set created during WW I in original case by Koch, Frankfurt a.m./Baden-Baden 1914/1916 The Klaus-Peter and Judith Thom. Collection Photo Winfried Reinhardt
Jewellery from a private collection / 16.07 — 06.02.2022
In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what is called iron jewellery was very popular: elaborate necklaces, bracelets, pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace – yet cast from iron. The pieces’ unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values embraced by society back then: constancy, modesty and reticence. In line with the taste of the time, they feature elements from Gothic architecture or floral ornamental motifs from classical antiquity, such as palmettes, acanthus and wine leaves. In addition to Berlin – from which the French term »fer de Berlin« derives – the city of Gleiwitz (now Gliwice in Poland) was also home to an important foundry.
Tu-Su and holidays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
An Imaginary Vacation
We are moving. Travelling the world, through different hands, different minds, and places. Weaving stories. Embodying connections and creativity around the globe…
Almost one year since IO&U formed their group, it is time to add a new chapter to their story. And so, they get together – online of course – to share their thoughts and ideas on new projects. Being in the midst of the pandemic and the members’ distance from each other, they hope to merge their creativity in a new joint venture.
What better way to escape the current situation than with a creative vacation…
An Imaginary Vacation – Jewellery World Tour
IO&U created this new project in reaction to the past year. Their aim is to connect each other in a time of separation, to continue working when everything seems to have stopped and to cross borders when borders are closed. They want to share their love for art and creating – with each other and everyone who is following the project.
“Since the beginning for me, it was a defined artistic reaction to the pandemic. […] but at the same time, it’s our artistic expression as an international group! As an artistic project, it can represent a universal necessity to react and be together, transforming any difficulties and struggles into beauty.” – Margherita Berselli, IO&U
Firstly each artist selects an object from her drawer and a randomly assigned word connected to 2020 is given. They each send their object and word to another group member who gets to work on it for a few days. Soon it goes off again to the next person. Some pieces travel for just a day, others maybe a few weeks, but once they arrive in workshops, studios and apartments all around the globe, that is where IO&U’s Imaginary Vacation begins.