Summer Guests

Contemporary Jewellery in Portugal

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Contemporary jewellery in Portugal is the theme of this year’s edition of the Summer Guests initiative, with curator Cristina Filipe establishing relationships between jewels created in Portugal and works in the Gulbenkian Museum.

The 2019 edition of the Summer Guests programme focuses on the theme of contemporary jewellery in Portugal. In this exhibition, relationships between contemporary jewels and works of art in the Gulbenkian Museum are established on the basis of a research project undertaken by curator, artist and researcher Cristina Filipe.

The exhibition will follow the chronological line of the permanent display of the Modern Collection, presenting jewels made between 1958 and 2018 by artists represented in the Collection, such as Jorge Vieira, Maria José Oliveira, Vítor Pomar and Pedro Cabrita Reis. Chronological, symbolic, formal and conceptual links are created between pieces from the Modern Collection and works of jewellery. 

Also present are artists such as Alberto Gordillo, Kukas, Tereza Seabra and Alexandra de Serpa Pimentel, among others, who from the 1960s onwards initiated a shiftin jewellery in Portugal. This change, which occurred alongside transformations in the visual arts, distanced jewellery from the field of decorative and applied arts in which it had been integrated throughout the history of art.

The initiative also extends to the Founder’s Collection, where pieces by contemporary jewellery artists enter into dialogue with the works of René Lalique.

This exhibition coincides with the launch of the first publication to examine Contemporary Jewellery in Portugal, a project undertaken by the curator, a recipient of a Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant from Art Jewelry Forum.It constitutes the third instance of the Summer Guestsinitiative, which seeks to produce new readings of the Gulbenkian Museum’s permanent displays. In the 2016 edition, various contemporary artists entered into dialogue with the Founder’s Collection. In 2018, filmmaker Joaquim Sapinho presented a tour of the Modern Collection alongside works and personal objects of Calouste Gulbenkian.

Curator: Cristina Filipe


Artists on display: Ana Albuquerque, David de Almeida, Helena Almeida, Inês Almeida, Zambeze Almeida, Vasco Araújo, José Aurélio, Maria Beatriz, René Bertholo, Joaquim Bravo, Pedro Calapez, Fernando Calhau, Carla Castiajo, Rui Chafes, Paula Crespo, Teresa Dantas, Patrícia Domingues, José Escada, Dulce Ferraz, Carla Filipe, Filomeno, Fernanda Fragateiro, Mariana Gomes, Inês Gonçalves, Alberto Gordillo, Ana Hatherly, Leonor Hipólito, Ana Jotta, Manuel Júlio, Kukas, René Lalique, Alexandra Lisboa, Jorge Martins, Teresa Milheiro, Marília Maria Mira, Leonel Moura, Carlos Nogueira, Luís Noronha da Costa, Inês Nunes, Maria José Oliveira, António Palolo, Alexandra de Serpa Pimentel, António Costa Pinheiro, Júlio Pomar, Vítor Pomar, Grupo Puzzle, Paula Rego, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Alexandra Ribeiro, Joana Rosa, Túlia Saldanha, Julião Sarmento, Margarida Schimmelpfennig, Tereza Seabra, Artur Cruzeiro Seixas, Hein Semke, Pedro Sequeira, Catarina Silva, Diana Silva, António Soares, Manuela Sousa, Jorge Vieira, Manuel Vilhenae and Xana.

Complementary Programs

Talk with the curator Cristina Filipe (in Portuguese only)
Saturday, 20 July, 15:00

Launch of the publication Contemporary Jewellery in Portugal. From the Avant-Garde of the 1960s till the Early 21st Century by Cristina Filipe
Friday, 13 September, 18:15
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