Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

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Hard Wear, 2006 © Courtesy of the Artist and Design Museum
Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery
Curated by: Dr. Susan Cohn

224-238 Kensington High Street
London W8 6AG
United Kingdom
December 5th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2013
Opening: December 5th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:45 PM

+44 20 3862 5900
Daily 10am - 5.45pm Last admission 5.15pm


Bringing together almost 200 objects from around the world, Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who have challenged the conventions of jewellery design.

Curated by jewellery designer and maker Dr. Susan Cohn, the exhibition offers a survey of contemporary jewellery presented through a number of themes: Worn Out - celebrating the experience of wearing jewellery, Linking Links - looking at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery and A Fine Line - offering insights into the origins of contemporary jewellery today, highlighting key instigators of the contemporary jewellery movement.

The exhibition will feature prominent UK and international jewellers including Wendy Ramshaw, renowned for her complex geometric designs, Hans Stofer's intricate wire form jewellery, Gijs Bakker’s conceptual adornments and delicate abstract pieces by Dorothea Pruhl.

The exhibition celebrates jewellery from the point of view of both the maker and the wearer. It considers the pleasures of wearing jewellery and the many meanings associated with jewellery which are at times unpredictable and, in turn, unexpected.

The exhibition features over 130 jewellers including the following.
UK based jewellers featured in the exhibition:

David Watkins
Wendy Ramshaw
Caroline Broadhead
Hans Stofer
Mah Rana

International jewellers featured in the exhibition:
Alexander Calder
Otto Kunzli
Gijs Bakker
Ted Noten
Robert Bains
Helen Britten
Paul Derrez
Dorothea Pruhl
Esther Knobel
Mari Funaki
Lisa Walker