The exhibition “Gianfranco Ferré. Under another light: Jewelry and Ornaments” will be on display in the hall of the Senate of Palazzo Madama, from October 12th, 2017 to February 19th, 2018. The exhibition organized and produced by the Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré and Fondazione Torino Musei – presents 200 jewel-objects that cover the entire creative career of the famous Italian designer.
For Ferré, ornament has always been a passion, inseparably linked to the fashion collections and the result of a passionate and often innovative approach, never lower than the one for the dress. As the curator of the exhibition Francesca Alfano points out: “Ferré builds a free zone within its own world of reference, elaborating every object in the wake of a system of general classification of concepts that become objects. And so glossy stones, enamelled metals, honed shells, painted woods, Murano glasses, retro ceramics, Swarovski crystals, and still wood and leather and iron and copper and bronze, following an enchanted horizon of brooches, necklaces, belts, rings , bracelets, jewelry. For Ferré ornament is not the youngest son of a precious, but a concept of eternity that must represent the immanence of the present”.
The objects on display, made for fashion shows from 1980 to 2007, are recounted as a complement to the dress and its accessory but they are exhibited along with some clothing in which it is the jewelery itself to invent and to build the dress, becoming its substance and soul. Even in this case Gianfranco Ferré’s attention to materials is decisive, as an essential part of his research.
The exhibition project – realized by the architect Franco Raggi – plays on the contrast between the Senate Hall of Palazzo Madama, an environment of immense architectural value, and the minimalist and essential structures made of iron and glass of the exhibition, highlighting the imaginative beauty of the jewels designed by Ferré who seem to fly in the midst of the penumbra.
The Gianfranco Ferré Foundation selected 2 jewels from the collection on display, which for the occasion .bijouets reproduced using 3d printing technology. The result of this reinterpretation of the classic jewel in modern key will be exclusively for sale at the bookshop of Palazzo Madama during the exhibition.