[im-mà-gi-nà] showcases the jewelleries/objects made by contemporary jewellery artists along with their rarely seen notebooks.
The Italian word “Immagina" means “imagine”. By imagination, we mean that particular form of thought, which does not follow fixed rules but becomes unconstrained processing of sensory experience. Imagination is the driving force behind all creative works. As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
When the imagination unfolds in dimensions, artworks start to take shape. As artists create mental images, the pens and notebooks at hand become the most intuitive tool for expression. German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys said, “Drawing is the first visible form in my works... the changing point from the invisible powers to the visible thing.” On these manuscripts, we find a range of ideas, notes, annotations, inspirations, and design languages as an ideational phase, concept refinement, and the verification during work. The quality of authenticity, readability, and randomness of the manuscript protrudes its special value in this era of digital copy-paste and image overflow.
[im-mà-gi-nà] takes the audience “behind the scene,” some steps before the finished work, to understand not only the way of working but also of thinking of the artists. Just as looking at a marble sculpture before it’s smoothed off gives us the opportunity to see how the chisel has been used. Seeing the sketchbooks together with the finished works allow a better understanding of the artists’ imagination.
"Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School", the co-organizer of the event, was established in 1998 in Florence, Italy. Over the 22 years, Alchimia has developed into one of the leading schools in Europe. 24 of the school's prominent international teachers and graduates joined the exhibition to highlight the multi-faceted creative approaches of contemporary jewellery and metalworking.
Participating artists (in alphabetical order)
Silvia Bonardi, YuChun Chen, Francesco Coda, Elisa Deval, Yu-Fang Hu, Meiri Ishida, Sayaka Ito, Anastasia Kandaraki, Sanaa Khalil, Marisa Leenutaphong, JunChang Lu, Lucia Massei, Carla Movia, Deema Murad, Evert Nijland, Sarah Ordóñez, Alessia Prati, Enrica Prazzoli, Yara Diaz Salles, Lucy Sarneel, Yanis Turcarelli, Gabi Veit, Robean Visschers, Shuang Yue
Exhibition: [im-mà-gi-nà] –The jewellery artists’ works and their notebooks
Exhibition Duration: 2020.04.17(Fri)-05.31(Sun)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday and national holiday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: 3F, Taipei Branch, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. (No.41, Nanhai Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City)