Co-hosted by Galerie LA Joaillerie par Mazlo and ARKETIP association, the exhibition Memoria Aperta (Open Memory) brings together an exceptional body of work created between 2011 and 2013 by Italian artist Barbara Paganin.

This first solo show also inaugurates a series of exhibitions which, once a year, will come to salute the work of the most eminent figures of Contemporary Art Jewelry.

The works shown in the series Memoria Aperta (twenty-four brooches and four necklaces, to which will be added some new works of the second series of Memoria Aperta) are mind maps and miniature landscapes that tell stories in gold, silver, semi-precious stones and found objects. They are inspired by the emotions of the artist's past but they open up to the world by exploring the memories of others.

For Barbara Paganin, the work starts with a search among the antique shops of Venice reclaiming unique objects and heirlooms. Some recurring elements point to her personal history yet each brooch contains details that viewers can re-configure according to their own individual fragments of memory.

Barbara Paganin is well known for her use of precious materials, but she has added techniques in glass, resin and dental acrylic over the years to complement her recovered elements. The brooches and neckpieces in this series have been designed as a single suite, rooted in narrative jewelry, on which the artist has worked continuously over the last several years.

Shown for the first time in its integrality in Paris, this body of works has been featured in museums and institutions abroad: the Palazzo Fortuny (Venice, 2014), the Oratorio San Rocco (Padova, 2015), the CODA Museum (Apeldoorn NL, 2015) and Philadelphia (Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2016).


Solo show of contemporary art jewelry April 7th - May 12th, 2018.
Opening reception on April 7th, 5-7 pm.

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Born in Venice in 1961, Barbara Paganin studied metals and jewelry at the State Art Institute of Venice and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts also in Venice. She taught professional drawing and design at the Art Institute Pietro Selvatico of Padova. Since 1988, she has been the Chair of Professional Design and Planning for Art of Metals and Jewelry at the State Institute of Art in Venice, now Michelangelo Guggenheim Art School. In 2002, she taught a Master Class at the Royal College in London.

For more than 25 years, she has exhibited throughout Europe, including London, Vienna, Munich, Gothenburg, Paris, and New York. Her first solo exhibition, AURA, was held at the Fondazione Galleria Bevilacqua La Masa. In 2008, she contributed more than thirty works to the large group exhibition Gioielli d'Autore in Padova. In 2015, the Oratorio San Rocco in Padova hosted an anthological solo exhibition, Dall'Orto alla soffitta (from the vegetable garden to the attic) presenting about one hundred and thirty works, starting from her early creations in the 1980's to the series Memoria Aperta. Her works are in the permanent collections of many museums including: The Victoria and Albert in London, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Modern Art in Ca 'Pesaro in Venice, Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal, and LACMA in Los Angeles.