"Jewellery & Garment" is an interplay between the two sister disciplines of jewellery and fashion. Positions of contemporary author's jewellery are shown together with vintage avant-garde fashion from private collections.
Since the 1960s, an international scene of jewellery makers has emerged who place the artistic idea at the centre of their work. In addition to early approaches that radically break with a traditional conception of jewellery, the exhibition also shows works by a younger generation of artists who not only fight against conventions, but also devote themselves to current socially relevant themes in this increasingly complex present. These are innovative and experimental works with an individual handwriting, carried by the zeitgeist of their creation, but independent of seasonal fashions.
Jewellery and fashion are presented in the exhibition as an equal, corresponding unit.
The jewellery shown has won several awards and is represented in museum collections; vintage fashion is significant for its makers. It has no expiry date, on the contrary: the interplay of idea and quality has made this fashion an antithesis of what is now called fast fashion. They are second-hand collectors' items that inspire fashion-savvy people all over the world.
The jewellery lives up to the claim of sustainability on several levels, since they are individual pieces and small series, most of which were made by the artists themselves in their own studios and thus do not affect the potential problems of industrial production. Found objects, historical set pieces, re- and upcycling strategies have their place here, as does the use of high-tech materials and new technologies.
The presentation takes the form of an intervention in the permanent collection "Art Nouveau and Art Deco" of the Bröhan Museum. Through the interplay with the historical exhibits, new levels of meaning are once again opened up.
Jewellery artists represented in the exhibition: David Bielander, Helen Britton, Karl Fritsch, Svenja John, Daniel Kruger, Yutaka Minegishi, Dorothea Prühl, Peter Skubic, Lisa Walker, Petra Zimmermann.
The fashion shown in the exhibition is by: 20471120, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, Rick Owens, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto.