Claude Schmitz and Masako Hamaguchi

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CLAUDE SCHMITZ + MASAKO HAMAGUCHI

Opening: 20 April, Friday, 18h – 20h.
21 April – 15 May 2018
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In between the lines

Can jewellery sometimes be like a drawing? Masako Hamaguchi and Claude Schmitz mix very different works in this exhibition but we can discern in them the same focus of attention and inspiration in the simple and essential graphic lines of each piece. In Claude’s work we can recognize easily the respect for the classic models of jewellery and in Masako’s that moment arises when, in the back, we observe the mechanisms that are themselves small works of art. The simples lines they use may reveal, after all, the complexities of the jewel.

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CATARINA JOÃO

Window Project

Opening: 20 April, Friday, 18:00h – 20:00h.
21 April – 15 May
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The Shapes & Colors project is based on the representation of emotions and how we transmit them to others.

Through various shapes and colors individualizing each emotion and each form of expression of the same, introducing still some drawings and patterns that add something more to your reading, because nothing is purely black and white, between these two opposites there are several nuances. .

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RAQUEL SOARES + ALICE GEORGE

Window Project

Opening: 20 March, Tuesday, 18:00h – 20:00h.
21 March – 15 April
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Courrier

“First Chapter, continue; second chapter, start”, Alain.

The work, presented in the context of Reverso’s 20 years of existence, ponders over places where time passes by, its speed and magnetic fields. Ancient times and new times. Elements that we can touch, others just sketch, imagine or “fictionize”. Continuity and growth are at the origin of the intervention, the notion of energy is in its centre. The series Courrier exists and gains cohesion via the dialogue between magnetism, vitality, energy and the durations of things.

The volcanic inerts carry eternal attraction, beauty, mystique and sensuality; organic matter carries the surprise of life, revealing permanent and cyclical change. Through living matter, inerts and organic compounds (which, in various evolutionary stages, actually mix well) we gather contrasts and apparent contradictions between resistance and delicateness.

What we see today is, in a charming way, what we will not be able to see at the end of the exhibition. The whole process made us discover that the relative duration of things and its observation is a theme that interests us and demands more attention.

Courrier Series – volcanic stones, magnets, lacquer / 20 pieces.

Kaori Juzu and Castello Hansen

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KAORI JUZU + CASTELLO HANSEN


Opening: 20 March, Tuesday, 18h – 20h.
21 March – 15 April 2018
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What is shown of what you hide

Being a jeweler also means to be lead by the process of creation. Castello Hansen and Kaori Juzu have very different paths in their respective works but they both reveal a special effort of attention and intention, an immense respect for the infinite possibilities of the materials and of what they allow us to tell.

The end result shows that care. Their pieces exhale a very special physicality – sensuality even – that demands to be touched.
The works speak,
The artist speak,
The materials speak,
They become jewels, precious things, that show as much as they hide.

Manuel Vilhena and Birgit Laken

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MANUEL VILHENA · BIRGIT LAKEN

Opening: 20 February, Tuesday, 18h – 20h.
21 February – 15 March 2018
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Infinite Play

In this inaugural exhibition of 2018, Reverso Gallery presents two artist that never lost sight of the importance of playfulness in Jewellery. Manuel Vilhena and Birgit Laken are jewelers that meet each other in the idea that materials tell a story and that we should never stop being charmed by them.

These are jewels that take us back to the simpler moments of childhood, when we could see everything with new eyes and a line would be enough to unleash the imagination. With them we remember our small treasures we hid a long time ago and find back now with a smile.

Marta Costa Reis, 2018, for Reverso Gallery

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ANA MARGARIDA CARVALHO

Window Project

Opening: 20 February, Tuesday, 18:00h – 20:00h.
21 March – 21 April
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In Paradisum · 2018

Having Baroque Music as a starting point, each piece is the result of repeating and combining the same type of colored element. These folded elements are organized, like in origami, to create organic forms in which the geometry of the compositions is hidden when copper or titanium is forged.

The organic aspect of the pieces is also reinforced by the marks left by the hammer, by the mobility of the non-welded elements that compose them and finally by the color of the metal. In copper, the color is the result of the natural oxidation during the process of metal manipulation, while in titanium the pieces are anodized once its construction is completed.

Ana Margarida Carvalho.

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WINDOW PROJECT

Integral to the Reverso’s 20 years, the “window Project” engages 10 artists and it’s a parallel mediation project taking place in the main gallery storefront. Facing the street, with straight access to the public, it intends to be an additional experience to the formal one of a Gallery and by this mean reach and call news publics to the contemporary jewellery practice.

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20 years

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Reverso Gallery completes 20 years this year and to celebrate the occasion we compromised with an exceptional set of events and projects with national and international artists, some of them exhibiting for the first time in Portugal.

On the 20th of each month we will present new exhibitions, together with the new “Window Project”, beginning on January the 20th with the presentation of our program and a conversation on contemporary jewellery and culminating in December with our birthday party! Every “20”, join us!

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2018 PROGRAMME

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20 January, Saturday, 16h – 18h.

DO YOU SPEAK JEWELLERY? *  [TALK SHOW]
with Marina Elenskaya, Olga Noronha, Pedro Sequeira e Manuel Vilhena

2018’s Programme Presentation.       More Info

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20 February, Tuesday, 18h – 20h.

MANUEL VILHENA + BIRGIT LAKEN       More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Ana Margarida Carvalho.       More Info

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20 March, Tuesday, 18h – 20h.
CASTELLO HANSEN + KAORI JUZU     More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Raquel Soares | Alice George       More Info

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20 April, Friday, 18h – 20h.
CLAUDE SCHMITZ + MASAKO HAMAGUCHI       More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Catarina João       More Info

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20 May, Sunday, 16h – 18h.
EDU TARIN + PHILIP SAJET       More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Carolina Quintela       More Info

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20 June, Wednesday, 18h – 20h.
MARC MONZÓ + LEONOR HIPÓLITO       More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Typhaine Le Monnier       More Info

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20 July, Friday, 18h – 20h.
IRIS EICHENBERG + MARTA COSTA REIS     More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Tamia Dellinger       More info

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20 September, Thursday, 18h – 20h.
SIGURD BRONGER     More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Ana Albuquerque     More Info

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20 October, Saturday, 17h – 19h.
PATRÍCIA DOMINGUES + NOON PASSAMA     More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Pedro Sequeira     More Info

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20 November, Tuesday, 18h – 20h.
MIRJAM HILLER + ATTAI CHEN     More Info
+ WINDOW PROJECT – Carlos Silva     More Info

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20 December, Thursday, 18h – 20h.
BIRTHDAY PARTY

Jewellery talks

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DO YOU SPEAK JEWELLERY? *

Talk Show – Informal Talk about jewellery and presentation of the exhibition programme for 2018, marking the 20th anniversary of Galeria Reverso.

speakers:
Marina Elenskaya – co-fouder of the jewellery magazine “Current Obsession”.
Olga Noronha – jeweller.
Pedro Sequeira – artist and jeweller.
Manuel Vilhena – jeweller.

moderator:
Marta Costa Reis – Galeria Reverso.

20 January, from 16:00h till 18:00h.
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Food for thought

A while ago a friend who is also a jeweler asked me whether I though our art would continue to exist. The question surprised me as I had never pondered on it. What did she mean “continue to exist”? Of course it will! I never though arts could disappear. Besides that, we know jewellery is almost as human as we are.

But the question lingered… could “this” really disappear? And what is “this”? I don’t want to go into the debate of the definition of the art I will call art jewellery. Of course there are many hesitations regarding the name – contemporary jewellery, studio jewellery, author jewellery – not to mention the confusion with artists´s jewellery, and this doesn’t help the recognition of this practice, but others better than me will do this analysis.

What intrigued and excited me was this idea, almost an anguish, that the sector of artistic jewellery could be at risk of disappearing when I see it as booming, vibrant and full of life… (am I alienated from reality?) There is a multitude of new artists, schools, workshops, fairs and exhibitions that make that it is no longer possible to know about every exhibition, follow every event… signs that the sector moved into a new phase of maturity, will all the opportunities and problems that arise from that.

On the other hand, very recently Art Jewellery Forum debated a theme I had heard before from a worried friend, that a significant number of jewellery gallery owners are around the age of retirement, and one wonders whether they will keep the galleries open and under which conditions and some just closed down their businesses.

Can this work survive without galleries? And even if it could, do we want that to happen? Can we imagine a mainly virtual future, with exhibitions organized by artists in fairs or ad hoc places ? Will independent curators or artists’ “agents” emerge, operating without a defined physical space, without a gallery?

A while ago I read a biography of Peggy Gugenheim, bought in Paris, when I went there to see the “Medusa: Bijoux et Tabous” exhibition, a mark in the problematization, divulgation and – do we still need to say it? – legitimation of art jewellery. This book – I read on the plane back home – made see some parallels between the moment jewellery is going through right now and what is there described at the rising of the age of modern art. The question : “Is this art?” echoes in our daily practice, teaming with another one: “Is this jewellery?”. There is a feeling of vanguard in the jewellery world that I believe is difficult to find these days in other areas. We are not the first generation but their sons or grand-sons and daughters and everything is still very new and exciting but still rather uncertain.

The artists want to know how to dedicate fully to their art, without the need of daily jobs; the gallery owners want to know how to captivate new audiences, though very much aware that we will always be a small niche; the thinkers and teachers and curators need to define the theoretical boundaries of what we are doing; schools oscillate between artistic curricula and the need to give their students tools of employability and collectors are worried they may be blinded by their passion…a whole world organizes itself around jewellery.

And jewellery must answer…in a world in constant expansion where borders collapse… photography, installation, video, performance, sculpture, scarification, tattoos, land art, urban art, design, craft, 3D technology, augmented reality…artistic jewellery can run though all these worlds. But, besides individual practice, what remain when we go back to the bench? Where are we, and of course, where do we go?

Marta Costa Reis, 2018
for Galeria Reverso

* Manuel Vilhena in “do you speak jewellery”, 1998