From September 25th 2008 to January 10th 2009 The Kremlin Museum in Moscow will open its doors to the jeweller Gianmaria Buccellati, hosting a retrospective exhibition of the Master Jeweller and Master Goldsmith’s work in the famed Assumption Belfry.
The location of the exhibition is particularly special for two reasons: The Assumption Belfry was built between 1523 and 1543 by an Italian architect and it borders with the renowned belfry of Ivan the Great, said to mark the precise geographic center of Moscow. The work of Gianmaria Buccellati will be exhibited in an architectural structure of Italianate design and will be in the exact center of this enchanting capital, allowing visitors to discover the history of the famous dynasty of goldsmiths at first hand.
The inherent uniqueness of each of the one hundred and forty seven items selected for display is the fil rouge that links this marvellous collection of objects and jewellery. Each piece has been chosen to best illustrate the history and the evolution of the ‘maison’. In addition to pieces from Gianmaria’s personal collection of jewellery and museum pieces, there will be a selection of items from the family archives created by Mario Buccellati, the founder of this celebrated jewellery house.
The Assumption Belfry room makes a fitting setting for the spectacular jewels and artifacts created by Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati: hand-crafted honeycomb creations, precious stones in a palate of colors, royal necklaces and lavish, decorative cups.
Attention will focus on the technical skills of the Buccellati artisans coupled with the artistry of the designers, which together reflect the traditions of heritage, integrity and first class craftsmanship that are synonymous with this Milanese house.
Exhibiting in a museum of such prominence only serves to confirm Buccellati’s position as, not only one of the world’s finest jewellery houses, but also as a recognized producer of the most exquisite silverware and “objet d’art”.
Gianmaria Buccellati has already collaborated with some of the worlds most reputable museums: in 2000 with a retrospective on Buccellati at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, in 2006 he cooperated with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan to revitalize the Room of the Golds. Mr. Buccellati developed an exhibit which demonstrated to visitors each stage required to create a lace workmanship ring. This installation communicated the great passion for detail and accuracy of craft needed for each unique jewel to be realized. In 2007, when The Room of Goldsmiths of the 19th Century was opened in The Palazzo Pitti Museum, Gianmaria Buccellati gifted two diamond lace-workmanship brooches, including one from his father’s designs,to the permanent collection. The exhibition at the Kremlin Museum marks a new and important step for Buccellati and highlights the high artistic value of every single creation signed Gianmaria Buccellati. More than two hundred years of the Buccellati family’s artistic creativity will be on display at this extraordinary exhibition, an affirmation of the timeless style, enduring artistry and unique talent that is the essence of Buccellati.