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"Filum Granum – Portuguese View", Exhibition of Jewellery

Museum of Applied Art , Belgrade
13th December 2007 – 13th January 2008


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Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade stages the exhibition of Portuguese filigree jewellery on the initiative of the Embassy of Portugal in Belgrade and in cooperation with Escola Superior De Artes e Design, Matosinhos and Museu Do Ouro, Travassos. Wishing to revive and preserve traditional goldsmithing art of northern Portugal and to give a new contemporary interpretation to the popular, old techniques of filigree making Escola Superior De Artes e Design and Museu Do Ouro have realized two international projects: the exhibition: Ease: Revival of Filigree in 2004/2005 and a competition To Revive Filigree in 2007. A selection of works from these events together with items of traditional filigree jewellery is offered to the visitors at the exhibition in Museum of Applied Art with 109 works ranging from the 19th to 21st century displayed.

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Contemporary Portuguese filigree jewellery achievements are represented by works of twenty for young designers gathered around the Escola Superior De Artes e Design. Museu Do Ouro contributed to the historical part of the exhibition by selecting works of three goldsmiths from the Povoa de Lanjozu region and old jewellery items from their private collections as well as from collections of Museu do Ouro. Old forms repeated through centuries together with abstract, reduced forms, brooches, earrings, pins and necklaces, they all experience new, unexpected transformations and give new meaning and new interpretation of the filigree jewellery

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Programme coordinator: Mila Gajić, Curator, Department for Treatment of Metal and Jewellery.