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Jewelry as a Work of Art

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Paola Stroppiana storica dell’arte

Eliana Negroni responsabile dell’Archivio

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Jewelry as a Work of Art
The Hopi and Max Ernst

In this conversation Paola Stroppiana, art historian and scholar of jewelry by artists, talks with Eliana Negroni, contemporary jewelry curator, about her recent essay written on the occasion of Max Ernst’s retrospective held at Palazzo Reale in Milan last spring.

Her last research reveals deep cultural connections between the gold masks-sculptures in Max Ernst’s jewelry production and the Hopi’s Katchina dolls style.

This topic offers a broad overview on the history of artist jewelery from the first half of the 20th century on the international scene up to the new research from the early 2000s.

From Alberto Giacometti to Anish Kapoor, from Pablo Picasso to Lucio Fontana, from Niki de Saint Phalle to Joana Vasconcelos, jewelry by artists reveals the extraordinary ability to translate their creativity into wearable art


Paola Stroppiana is art historian, independent art curator and journalist. Graduated cum laude in Medieval Art History at the University of Turin, Italy, in recent years she dedicated her research to the artist’s jewelry and its historical contextualization on the international scene from the XX century until today. Among several exhibitions she curated GianCarlo Montebello (BABS Art Gallery, Milan, 2023), Scultura Aurea. Artist’s jewels for a New Renaissance (Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, 2019), Gio Pomodoro’s Jewelry, (Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza, 2018); Gioielli Vertiginosi, Ada Minola and the artistic avant-gardes in Turin after the Second World War (Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Turin, 2016). She wrote an essay about Max Ernst’s jewelry production on the occasion of the Max Ernst exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan (2022).

Eliana Negroni is founder and curator of the Gioielli in Fermento project (2011-2022). Actually Chair of AGC’s board, the Italian association for contemporary jewellery, she is a designer and maker based in Italy, graduated in 1990 from Milan State University; working and researching since 1997 in the field of metalworking, tool-making and jewelry design. She is the director of the Archivio Negroni, a contemporary craft hub in Milan, originated from her family’s heritage jewellery toolmaking firm and archive.

NYC Jewelry Week is a week-long celebration of jewelry happening in-person in NYC and virtually wherever you are November 13 – 19, 2023.

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