High jewelry and contemporary art in a sculpture of bronze and precious stones, which will be exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris during the exhibition Huysmans, de Degas à Grünewald sous le regard de Francesco Vezzoli, from 26 November 2019 March 1 2020.
Bulgari and Francesco Vezzoli
The project is yet another demonstration of the commitment of Bulgari high jewelery maison to support artistic talent and cultural heritage . The work Tortue de Soirée , born from the collaboration between Vezzoli and Bulgari, is inspired by the novel Counter to Joris-Karl Huysman , in which the protagonist escapes from society and from conventions to live in isolation surrounded only by objects, including a domestic turtle decorated with gems
The work is in fact a turtle with a shell in worked brass and precious stones like drops of amethysts and rubellites, peridots, citrines and cabochon-cut topazes (42 gems for a total of 1. 500 carats ), paired with nine ancient Greek coins in silver.
For this pioneering artistic enterprise, Francesco Vezzoli conceived and designed the object, while Bulgari's Creative Director Lucia Silvestri took is occupied with precious gems. Lucia Boscaini explains
We enthusiastically support this project which further strengthens the link between Bulgarians and contemporary art. On this occasion, we also took a further step, covering not only the role of patrons, but also creators. From inspiration to manufacturing, Bulgari has always considered jewelery as a form of art and the jewel sculpture created together with Francesco Vezzoli is the result of an exciting artistic dialogue between our stylistic codes. I am sure it will be one of the major attractions of the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay
The artist reworks the iconic elements of the Maison , adopting the cabochon cut and integrating in the work the ancient coins a reference to the Greco-Roman roots of the brand. For the setting of stones and coins he requested 530 hours of painstaking work by Bulgari artisans .