Diane Venet’s Jewelry by Artists Goes on Show in Paris


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PARIS — The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is holding an exhibit featuring a broad range of a rather distinct kind of jewelry — made by artists, not jewelers. Titled “From Calder to Koons, Jewelry of Artists,” the show opens with the piece that sparked the whole endeavor: a strip of silver, twisted to coil around a finger. The gift, a creation by the French sculptor Bernar Venet, designed for his future wife, Diane Venet, marked the beginning of a decades-long treasure hunt. “The gesture, touching for its spontaneity, had another effect on me,” said Venet said. It introduced her to the world of jewelry made by artists, rich with symbolism and charged with emotion. The circumstances are often highly personal when an artist ventures into jewelry making — it’s not just about reproducing the same thing in a smaller size. “It’s a challenge for them,” said Karine Lacquemant, who curated the exhibit. Thirty years into her mission, Venet has amassed more than 200 pieces and held exhibits around the world, including New York, Seoul, Venice and Riga, Latvia. But this one, her ninth, is the most wide-reaching, notable especially for the pairing of the pieces with artwork by the 150 artists featured,

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