Monday, 18 July 2011

Jewellery Topos & Melbourne Hollowware

These images are from the exhibition of Jewellery Topos at Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, the Netherlands in February 2009. 


Jewellery Topos was an exhibition of 18 Melbourne jewellers around the concept of 'topos' (meaning 'of place', Greek). It was also shown at First Site Gallery, Melbourne in 2009 and in a slightly different form at Gallery Loupe, Montclair, New Jersey, USA in 2011. 

The exhibition Melbourne Hollowware was shown on another level of the gallery at the same time. Melbourne Hollowware showcased the silversmithing, vessel and object-based work of eleven Melbourne makers.

Galerie Marzee is a veritable treasure trove of contemporary jewellery and hollowware. The permanent collection and up to four temporary exhibitions at a time are displayed on plinths, walls and shelves, over images, in cabinets and in drawers over four stories, making it the largest contemporary jewellery gallery in the world.  The permanent collection, which could occupy you for days on its own, is a comprehensive survey of contemporary jewellery, giving the gallery the added function of a museum.


The gallery publishes a quarterly magazine which doubles as its exhibition catalogues, and has published a series of hardcover books featuring pieces from the permanent collection worn by prominent local women.

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