Igor Mitoraj. The Art of Wearing Art

29 Dec 2018 – 22 Apr 2019

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The Contini Art Gallery is pleased to present, as an absolute preview, a very important collection: “Igor Mitoraj’s Jewels: The Art of Wearing Art”, showcased in its location in Cortina d’Ampezzo.


For over twenty years the Contini Art Gallery has dedicated particular attention to Igor Mitoraj, one of the most significant artists in the national and international contemporary scene, a point of reference for art collectors from all over the world.

Mitoraj's artistic creation is very elaborate. Carrara marble, travertine, bronze with patinas of different colors characterize his sculptures, even monumental, but in addition to this well established and well-known production, his sensitivity has been able to express itself in another less known form: jewels.

The exhibition, that will be inaugurated on May 19th at the Contini Art Gallery in Venice, is going to propose a wide selection of jewels, over twenty pieces including necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches. These refined objects are evidence of a deep research between tradition, taste, harmony, beauty and art, through the processing of precious materials such as yellow gold, white, pink and silver.

The show will therefore enhance Mitoraj's attention to jewel, considered not only as an accessory, but above all a masterpiece to wear. Faces that turn into bright and golden rings or bracelets, necklaces made up of sinuous tree fragments and figures, mythological elements in elegant and shiny silver tones: this collection shows once again the eclecticism and the ability of Mitoraj to challenge himself through the experimentation of new artistic expressions such as jewelry.

There is the opportunity to discover a more intimate and engrossed Mitoraj, with its themes based on the purity of the forms and the measure of the material, where balance of proportions and constant artistic research take the appearance of jewelry made of precious metals, giving life to miniature works with the same emotional impact and the same energy of a sculpture. It is the vision of jewelry as a true artistic object, with its uniqueness and elegance: far beyond being a simple feminine adornment, it also enriches the spirit of the wearer.

With his skillful and elegant dexterity, Mitoraj has been able to project classical art into modernity, transforming the protagonists of Greek and Roman statuary into fragmented, blindfolded, mutilated and sensual bodies and faces. This is not a nostalgic look at the past, nor a simple philological work: the topics chosen by the artist are the starting point for a broader reflection on timeless themes such as love, sexual desire, femininity, but also loneliness and suffering.

The central theme of his works is, as always, the man and the uncertainty of life, the introspective research about the human condition and the contemporary society. His sculptural sensibility is perceived in blindfolded faces, faces with empty orbits, in sleeping heads, in armless busts, in winged limbs, in strong and masculine torsos, often engraved and carved out by cracks or "windows" containing objects, symbols, images, abstract forms as all messages that involve the viewer, arousing in him continuous questions.

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Exhibiting artists

Igor Mitoraj

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Contini Art Gallery

Contini Art Gallery

Venice, Italy


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