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Let’s face it. Jewellery exhibitions in museums or galleries are visited by not nearly as many people as other art exhibitions are. Who has managed to make thousands of people queue outside a museum on a Saturday morning, just to see the work of a contemporary jeweller? Not even the Dutch, ok? But have you ever tried to see Leonardo’s Last Supper in Milan without pre-booking? Well, don’t. This is how it is, we can admit it, accept it and get on with our lives.

I mean, we should be happy. Most contemporary jewellery lovers can remember all the great masters by name and some can even boast that they have met one or two of them. Can an art historian claim that he has met Rembrandt? No! So, let’s just be thankful for our little community and what we’ve got and that all other artists stay out of our way. Right?

Wrong.

Some artists primarily not known for jewellery-making (painters, sculptors, writers, architects, etc.) just couldn’t keep their hands off jewellery design and as a result, hundreds of people will now be queueing outside of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York to see their work. You might have heard of Picasso, for example, who made jewellery for his various lovers and designed a series of pieces, which Francois Hugo created in the ’50s and ’60s. A similar collaboration took place between Hugo and Jean Cocteau and Max Ernst.  Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler is on from 20.09.2011-08.01.2012 with more than 180 objects, most of which belong to the private collection of Diane Venet, who also guest-curated the exhibition.

Right. Just put the name ‘Picasso’ on the title and people gather by the gazillions. The audacity…

Does anyone know where to get cheap flights to New York?

Pablo Picasso - Tiny Faun. Pendant. Gold. Photo from http://thejewelryloupe.com

Pablo Picasso - Tiny Faun. Pendant. Gold. Photo from http://thejewelryloupe.com

Jean Cocteau - Madame. Pendant. Gold, rubies and diamonds. Photo from http://storage.canalblog.com

Jean Cocteau - Madame. Pendant. Gold, rubies and diamonds. Photo from http://storage.canalblog.com

Roy Lichtenstein - Modern Head. Brooch. Metal, enamel. Photo from http://www.artbrokerage.com

Roy Lichtenstein - Modern Head. Brooch. Metal, enamel. Photo from http://www.artbrokerage.com

Magdalena Abakanowicz - The artist's hand. Necklace. Photo from http://www.timesunion.com

Magdalena Abakanowicz - The artist's hand. Necklace. Photo from http://www.timesunion.com

Frank Stella - Necklace. Gold painted on titanium. Photo from http://www.timesunion.com

Frank Stella - Necklace. Gold painted on titanium. Photo from http://www.timesunion.com

Alexander Calder - Necklace. Gold. Photo from http://thejewelryloupe.com

Alexander Calder - Necklace. Gold. Photo from http://thejewelryloupe.com

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