Jean Vendome, Artist Jeweler
From October 8th to December 18th, 2020
Free admission by reservation / Tuesday-Saturday / 13pm-7pm
To book a group visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33 (0)1 70 70 36 84
THE “JEAN VENDOME, ARTIST JEWELER” EXHIBITION
October 8th to December 18th, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts will bring to light the universe of this adventurous creator, who, as a true artist, set about creating his own world. He bucked fashion trends with his own personal and pioneering style, which means that his pieces have personality, but are also visually balanced owing to their proportionality with the golden ratio. Simple yet sophisticated, powerful yet intricate, eccentric yet well-designed, constructed and deconstructed, Jean Vendome’s jewelry is emotional and never rational. In order to be appreciated fully, it must be loved and understood, as it is the jewelry that chooses the wearer.
The private collections on display will emphasize the visionary side of his creations. One hundred and thirty pieces will be on show, including Aléna Caillois’ wonderful necklace.
The retrospective will also feature pieces from public collections at institutions including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, as well as the sword of the academician Roger Caillois, on special loan from the Musée des Confluences in Lyon.
The exhibition will showcase a wide range of his pieces. Visitors will be able to retrace his innovative exploration of shapes and his avant-garde approach to changing scale and traditions in order to adapt his jewelry for the modern and liberated women of the 1970s. Jean Vendome’s prolific creations resonate like a poetic and meaningful echo of the major artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century. From kinetic pop art to the dream of the Apollo 13 space mission, his jewelry pieces evolved into Constellations, Aurore Boréale and Espace during the 1970s. The geometric shapes of the skyscrapers in Les Tours betray his passion for urban architecture and the race upwards. The 1980s were the years of “imaginary walks”, where he played on the mimetic analogy of agates, fragments of eternity, and matte and polished gold jewels with “phantom” quartz, rutilated quartz and dendritic agate. The 1990s are marked by the use of ever stronger colors, which Jean Vendome called his “vagrant” or “wild” colors. It was a time of escapism and dreaming. A sculptor in search of fascinating inclusions, radiance, materials and colors, Jean Vendome, alchemist and jeweler, will never cease to amaze you.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE EXHIBITION
Theses courses, in a 2 hour format including a private visit of the exhibition, give the students the opportunity to discover the secrets of the universe and of the creations of Jean Vendome.
6 different themes are offered:
- Jean Vendome, his Story Told by the Curator of the Exhibition: With Sophie Lefèvre, Curator of the Exhibition and Head of communications at the Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France (C2RMF).
- The Poetics of Stones: With Isabelle Bardiès, General Curator at the Musée de Cluny, co-author of the exhibition catalogue.
- Swords for Academicians, Symbolic Jewels: With Catherine Cardinal, University Professor emeritus, co-author of the exhibition catalogue.
- The Art of Jean Vendome: Jewelry of the Avant-Garde?: With an art historian, teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
- Jean Vendome, a Love for Unusual Stones: With a gemology expert, teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
- Design in the Creative Process of Jean Vendome: With an art historian, teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
To find out more about the exhibition and the Specialist Curator, please download the press release at the bottom of the page.