For a second edition, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be host to the exclusive BIJOUX=ART from March 18 to 20. The event offers a golden opportunity to purchase original pieces created by some 20 jewellers around the world, who have come to Montréal to showcase and sell their creations. In hosting this unique initiative, the MMFA will join the ranks of prestigious museums such as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.
BIJOUX=ART: one-of-a-kind treasures
Selected by Noel Guyomarc’h, Director of the Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, these 600 or so pieces from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, England, Israel, South Korea, Australia and Japan will be on sale to the general public from March 18 to 20 in the hall of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion.
Visitors can discover a wide variety of creative talent, from the geometric purity of aluminum, sterling silver or cement rings from StudioChecha and Bande des Quatres, the raw nobility of a concrete and gold-leaf Catrie brooch, the quirky originality of a “zipper” bracelet by Kate Cusack, to jewellry that seems to defy gravity by Yoko Takirai or the sublime poetry of a gold or silver necklace by Gabrielle Desmarais.
The 2016 edition of BIJOUX=ART will allow the MMFA to acquire the blown glass work of internationally acclaimed artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, Peony, which will be installed in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace.
BIJOUX=ART: a star-studded kick-off
The MMFA Foundation kicks off the festivities at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 with a dazzling (sold-out!) gala, whose art direction is in the deft hands of actress Pascale Bussières in collaboration with stylist Azamit and fashion designer Denis Gagnon.
Like a river of white linen, 15 actors and actresses will flow through the Hall of Bronzes of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion, then smoothly divide into four canvasses: contemporary, rococo, tribal and Elizabethan.
Once in pose, each person will embody the jeweller whose work of art they are wearing that evening. Poetically, the actor/artisan will bring to life the world and the history of the creator while describing their beautiful adornments.
The immaculate linen clothes created by Denis Gagnon will showcase jewellery’s uniqueness and reflect the works in a luminous play of texture and movement of material. “I chose white for the space it gives the jewellery and linen for its purity”, adds the Québec designer.
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