The Ge­nius Of Gio’ Po­modoro

Museo Del Gioiello Jew­ellery Mu­seum in Vi­cenza, Italy, is hold­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of the mon­u­men­tal works of Gio’ Po­modoro, one of the renowned gold­smiths, en­gravers and sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury, from March 22nd to Septem­ber 2nd.

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This ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the works of Gio’ Po­modoro at Museo del Gioiello in Vi­cenza is rais­ing cu­rios­ity. The ‘al­most sur­real’ works of the great artist, who was way ahead of his times, will be shown in a tem­po­rary ret­ro­spec­tive that is open to the pub­lic from March to Septem­ber this year. The “Gio’ Po­modoro Jew­ellery: The Sign And The Or­na­ment” ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by Paola Strop­pi­ana, presents a wide se­lec­tion of the mas­ter’s artis­tic yet cu­ri­ous cre­ations. Many works from pri­vate col­lec­tions have rarely been on display to the pub­lic.

The ge­nius of Gio’ Po­modoro is on display at Museo del Gioiello in Vi­cenza, the mu­seum area in­side the Basil­ica Pal­la­di­ana, the first mu­seum in Italy ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to jew­ellery, man­aged by Ital­ian Ex­hi­bi­tion Group S.p.A. (IEG) in part­ner­ship with Vi­cenza Coun­cil.

This trib­ute to Mae­stro Gio’ Po­modoro (Or­ciano di Pe­saro, 1930 – Mi­lan, 2002), gold­smith, en­graver, sculp­tor and stage de­signer, takes place six­teen years af­ter his death. The ex­hi­bi­tion is a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion to make the pub­lic aware of the con­tri­bu­tion of the great sculp­tor, who long con­ceived the no­tion of “artis­tic jew­ellery”.

For cu­ra­tor Paola Strop­pi­ana, “Ev­ery item of jew­ellery high­lights his great abil­ity to in­tel­lec­tu­ally ex­press by way of de­sign. The rare and beau­ti­ful or­na­ment was the re­sult of his references to clas­si­cal cul­ture. More­over, Po­modoro knew how to main­tain a close bond with his sculp­tural work, trans­pos­ing it into his jew­ellery, and vice versa.”

In the mid 1970s, he de­signed a se­ries of col­lec­tions for his brother-in-law Gian­carlo Mon­te­bello’s com­pany GEM, ex­per­i­ment­ing with eco­nom­i­cal jew­ellery art. Equally in­ter­est­ing is the com­pi­la­tion of a note­book con­tain­ing 38 pro­to­types of hard stone cuts, many of which are dis­played in the ex­hi­bi­tion, for Ce­sari & Ri­naldi at the be­gin­ning of the 1990s.

The ex­hi­bi­tion itin­er­ary presents an ac­cu­rate se­lec­tion of jew­ellery, all from im­por­tant pri­vate col­lec­tions. Over 60 items cover al­most half a cen­tury – a story that un­winds from the early 1950s, tes­ti­fy­ing the shift from fig­u­ra­tive to in­for­mal, to jew­ellery in pure gold em­bossed sheet and cut­tle­fish cast­ing and more. In­for­ma­tion on the Museo del Gioiello and its tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions is avail­able on www.museodel­gioiello.it

BROOCH In yel­low and white gold, emer­alds, ru­bies; 1958. Photo: Emanuele Riccio

POR­TRAIT OF GIO Po­modoro © Jack Mitchell, 1999

BRACELET Yel­low and white gold, enam­els, sap­phires, di­a­monds; 1980. Photo: Michele Por­cari

NECK­LACE Yel­low gold and amethyst, de­tail; 1995. Photo: Emanuele Riccio

SIN­GLE EAR­RING Ear­ring in yel­low gold, ruby, Baroque pearl; 1957. Photo: Emanuele Riccio

BRACELET White and yel­low gold, mala­chite; 1972. Photo: Michele Por­cari

BRACELET In yel­low gold, enam­els, di­a­mond; 1967. Photo: Michele Por­cari

GIO’ PO­MODORO Study for a stir­rup ring and cube; 1995; 18-karat gold and brass. Photo: Marco Onofri

NECK­LACE In pure gold, red and white gold, emer­alds, ru­bies; 1964. Photo: Michele Por­cari

VELA EAR­RINGS In 18-karat gold, so­dalite; 1993. Photo; Marco Onofri

NECK­LACE 1967 model GP4 for GEM Mon­te­bello, rhodium-plated sil­ver. Courtesy of Di­dier Ltd., Lon­don NECK­LACE 1967 model GP1 for GEM Mon­te­bello, rhodium-plated sil­ver. Courtesy of Di­dier Ltd., Lon­don

ZEUS NECK­LACE Yel­low gold, amethyst, enam­els, di­a­monds; 1985. Photo: Maurizio Por­cari

GIO’ PO­MODORO’S DE­SIGN NOTE­BOOK 1993, for Ce­sari & Ri­naldi, pen­cil and watercolour on pa­per. Photo: Marco Onofri

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