Unexpected pleasures: the art and design of contemporary jewellery

Steinhaufen by Karl Fritsch, 2004

Opened in London on 5 December 2012 and curated by Susan Cohn for the Design Museum, Unexpected Pleasures showcases more than 200 pieces of contemporary jewellery by artists who have challenged conceptual and material ideas about jewellery and design. The exhibition brings together work from around the world and explores the essential meaning behind jewellery for the maker surveying the work of contemporary jewellers.

Camilla Prasch Denmark MEGA 2009

Camilla Prasch Denmark MEGA 2009

The exhibition offers a timely survey of contemporary jewellery. It is presented through a number of themes: Worn Out – celebrating the experience of wearing jewellery, Linking Links – looking at the ways in which meaning and narratives are expressed in jewellery and A Fine Line – offering insight into the origins of contemporary jewellery today, highlighting key instigators of the contemporary jewellery movement.

The exhibition features prominent UK and international jewellers including Wendy Ramshaw, renowned for her complex geometric designs, Hans Stofer’s intricate wire form jewellery, Gijs Bakker’s conceptual adornments and delicate abstract pieces by Dorothea Pruhl.

See a further in depth interview with curator, jewellery designer /maker Susan Cohn.

Sally Marsland Australia Flat colour, brooches (2002)

Sally Marsland ,Australia, Flat colour, brooches (2002)

The exhibition has been on display in Australia between April and 26 August 2012 at the National Gallery of Victoria and will be on display at the Design Museum, London until 3 March 2013.