Jewellery made or designed by artists straddles the murky gully between design, jewellery, and art. Historically it has been a floating genre of individual objects for which examples could be found in any number of auction sales from Impressionist and Modern Art or 20th Century Design to Fine Jewellery. The existence of these jewels has been, for most people, a chance revelation stumbled upon whilst looking for something else.
Though there are now more exhibitions and dealers dedicated to the subject than ever before, this sporadic distribution has meant the breadth and depth of the area has remained obscured from public view. “The Museum of Artists’ Jewellery; an Introduction” is an immersive installation conceived by Louisa Guinness Gallery which aims to redress this.
“The Museum of Artist Jewellery” offers a rare opportunity to see artist-made jewellery in relative terms: to judge the success of one artist’s attempt against another’s to grapple with the demands of function and scale. We hope to leave our visitor with a sense of engagement with the genre as a prism through which to view and understand some of the greatest creative minds of the past 80 years.