Elisabetta Cipriani invites the world’s leading visual artists to create aesthetically innovative and socially meaningful jewellery projects. Since the opening of her namesake gallery in 2009, Elisabetta’s pioneering vision has redefined the boundaries between jewellery and fine art, capturing imaginations of artists and collectors across the globe.
The gallery has collaborated with over 40 acclaimed painters and sculptors, including Ai Weiwei, Chiharu Shiota, Giulio Paolini, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis, Rebecca Horn and Pedro Cabrita Reis.
The creative process of these collaborations begins with persuading an artist to create a jewel. These are challenging projects for the artists who welcome the opportunity to experiment with a new artistic medium and are often approaching the realm of jewellery for the first time. They ideate a design which condensates their artistic poetics and then realize a series of sketches for the making of the prototype. Elisabetta and the artists follow very closely the making process, and once the prototype is approved by all the parts, the artists themselves or specialized goldsmiths produce the final piece. The ultimate result is an exceptional jewel that encloses the most intimate expression of the artist.
The gallery’s projects can be found in museums and private collections across the globe, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Art and Design, New York; World Jewellery Museum, Seoul; and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. A number of the jewellery collaborations are part of From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweller, the world-wide touring exhibition of artist jewellery curated by Diane Venet.