An anthology from the CODA Collection | until 10.12.2017 | CODA Museum

Bold, firm, substantial, vibrant, robust, sturdy, brave and daring. From 8 October to 10 December 2017 inclusive, Big, Bold & Beautiful, selected from the CODA collection, shows a number of gutsy eye catchers. The selected artworks are striking because of their size, subject, the material or techniques used, or the statement they make. From the wall, the display case or the body, they become the topic of conversation.

Although CODA sees all jewellery – big or small – as miniature sculptures that carry their own intrinsic value, the pieces in Big, Bold & Beautiful stand out because of their unusual size, theme or technique. Black Eel by visual artist and metal forger Mallory Weston measures 62 inches and is accompanied by Dovan Dinie Besems’ 3-metre long necklace Vergeef ze, ze weten niet wat ze doen (Forgive them, they know not what they do). While Besems looks for a conceptual approach to jewellery and is not primarily concerned with whether her jewellery is wearable, Mallory uses traditional jewellery and textile techniques, making the Black Eel naturally flexible and comfortable to wear despite its size.

Kolencollier

Another remarkable piece of jewellery is Nina Sajet’s Kolencollier (Coal Necklace). Like Alice in Wonderland, Sajet looks at reality and then translates it into her work in a poetical way. Sajet: “Like in fairy tales or dreams, the objects around me shrink to a very small size or, conversely, grow very large, which changes context and meaning. In my work, cages turn into rings, birds become tubes, and lumps of coal transform into shiny pearls.”

The Veluwe

The animal life of the Veluwe is an area of interest within CODA’s collection. Think of deer, wild boar, and smaller animals like snakes, hedgehogs and beetles. The exhibition includes a small menagerie made by David Bielander, Felieke van der Leest and Alexander Blank. The jewellery of the Swiss visual artist David Bielander mostly represents natural elements, animals and plants. His necklace Python, measuring 2.5 metres, is made of anodised titanium. It is draped around the neck without cord, chain or pin. Large as it may be, the titanium and finely-linked scales make Python flexible and light to wear. Nature can also inspire artists in a very different way, as can be seen in the work of David Mandel. Known for its exuberant style, Mandel’s work is at the boundary between fashion jewellery and author’s jewellery. With glitter and sparkle, he ensures that one can light-heartedly wear a lobster or lizard on one’s shoulder.

Python

CODA Collection

CODA Museum owns a collection of modern art that also comprises a large jewellery collection of some 9000 objects. The origins of this collection lie in the 1960s. The collection grew steadily through active collecting, acquiring, loans, donations and legacies, and is now the largest museological collection of jewellery in the Netherlands. During Museumcongres 2015, CODA was presented the State Jewellery Collection by Minister Jet Bussemaker. This collection consists of over 400 objects and was given on long-term loan to CODA Museum with the intention of turning the loan into a donation in the future. In the same year, Redefining Jewellery, a book about CODA Museum’s jewellery collection, was published. In 2016, a new exhibition space for CODA’s own collection was realised. CODA Museum presents its jewellery collection and the State’s donation in varying combinations through anthologies and thematic and monographic presentations. 

Artists in the exhibition

Artists whose works can be seen in the exhibition include Dinie Besems, David Bielander, Alexander Blank, Onno Boekhoudt, Iris Bodemer, Paul Derrez, Beate Eismann, Jantje Fleischhut, Sophie Hanagarth, Maria Hees, Herman Hermsen, Marion Herbst, David Mandel, Felieke van der Leest, Sari Liimatta, Nel Linssen, Ruudt Peters, Dorothea Prühl, Philip Sajet, Nina Sajet, Chris Steenbergen, Studio Job, Mallory Weston and LAM de Wolf. Big, Bold & Beautiful also features visual work by Leon Adriaans, A.R. Penck and Carel Visser.

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