The Danner Rotunda
Contemporary jewelry appears to be experiencing a groundswell of interest in the last few years. The Donna Schneier collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the holdings of the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Helen Drutt collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the extensive jewelry selection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are some examples of the increasing recognition being given to the world of contemporary art jewelry. To this should be added The New Collection (Die Neue Sammlung) now open at the International Design Museum Munich.
As of March 15, 2014, the newly reopened Danner Rotunda presents jewelry from more than one hundred contemporary artists. This overhauled collection covers not just European artists, but also jewelers from many different countries. The range of work spans from the abstract to the beautiful, and features more than a few seminal pieces that represent significant progressions in the realm of contemporary art jewelry. The collection possesses a brass necklace by Alexander Calder, whose mobile-inspired wire pieces were the prototypical play of modern jewelry, where nonprecious materials began making a statement, and abstraction in form led to a new dialogue. Warwick Freeman’s Orange Ghost brooch is another example of alternative materials in jewelrymaking, using Corian, a household waterproof material commonly found in baths and kitchens. British artist Peter Chang’s wild and colorful use of silicon plastic is eye-catching, and bears similarity to glass. Whether through challenging popular assumptions about what materials can be used in making jewelry, or creating new or imitating traditional aesthetics using nontraditional materials, these pieces are thought-provoking.
This article in its entirety appears only in the print magazine.