Jewelry Making: Past & Present
The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem
30. Mai 2019 – 16. November 2019
The art of jewellery making is about telling stories. Just as individual words endlessly create new sentences in language, so too do different metals, stones and contemporary materials endlessly create new pieces of jewellery. Each influenced by culture and religion, present and past. The Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem showcases the process in the exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present”.
Divided into three parts, the exhibition focuses on historical exhibits, pieces by young artists in dialogue with history, and masterpieces from Ofra Haza’s collection.
The first part shows pieces made in the name of one of the three great monotheistic religions for cultural and ritual purposes. Historical and religious events become comprehensible by means of rare items from the weddings of Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions, some of which are up to a thousand years old. The simultaneous presentation of religious and cultural artefacts opens up and enables a dialogue about cultures and ethnic identities.
For the second exhibition area, 45 contemporary jewellery artists were asked to design works that react to or are inspired by individual objects from the Islamic jewellery collection. The transfer of traditional motifs into the present creates an exciting contrast between past and present, tradition and change.
Selected pieces from the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza form the third part of the exhibition. Ben Zion David, an eighth-generation jeweller, made these jewellery pieces, characteristic of Yemeni jewellery, especially for her.
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