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.
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