Beijing exhibition celebrates jewelry as contemporary art

By Deng Zhangyu | China Daily | Updated: 2016-12-30 07:13

Many of the works on display are not the traditional jewelry people see in shops. "Artworks" better describes them because visitors have to read the descriptions to understand their uses.

A necklace designed by Sweden-based jewelry artist Karin Johansson is made of various materials to explore bright colors and shapes. It sounds like wind chimes when tubes made from different materials, including gold, acrylic and aluminum, clash against one another.

An installation-like bamboo box with movable porcelain pots inside is the focal point of a brooch made by Dutch artist Peter Hoogeboom.

A ring designed by Korean artist Dukno Yoon is like an airplane with a simple metal structure. It flies on the finger of the wearer.

Teng Fei, a professor of the jewelry department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, says that wearers must have the ability and courage to accept new things, and enough confidence in their independent thinking when they choose contemporary jewelry.

Sun, the organizer of the show, says he aims to open people's minds about how a contemporary piece can free their imagination.

The subject of the show creates a dialogue between creators, wearers and viewers. Sun says the jewelry can only have meaning when people wear and establish a relationship with the pieces.

"Jewelry involves many fields, such as culture, society, design, material and even oceanology. It's not only an object for wearing, but also a new academic subject for us to research," he says, adding that China is actively engaging the field.

Sun is now head of the New Center of Contemporary Jewelry and Fashion with Tongji University in Shanghai. He started the annual jewelry-design art show to foster a cultural exchange between China and other countries.

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If you go

10 am-5 pm, until Jan 16. Gauguin Gallery, Room 1211, Tower A, 10 Wangjing Street, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-5707-6948.

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