Jewerlry VDW Selection accounts on a special committee composed of 6 experts in design, jewelry and arts. Here their profiles:
Maria Rosa Franzin (AGC President): She studied Metal and Goldworking Art at P.Selvatico Art Institute (Padua) and graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti (Venice), Painting Section, Maria Rosa Franzin since 1986 has been teaching Jewelry Design at Liceo Artistico P. Selvatico in Padova and since 2013 she has been teaching Gold Research Design at ITS COSMO in Vicenza. From 2013 she is President of Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo AGC. She took part to collective exhibitions in Europe, USA and Australia. Her creations are exhibit in permanent collections: Museo degli Argenti, Pizzi Palace in Florence, Zuckermann Museum in Padua, Cominelli Foundation, Collection Gallery Legnica in Poland, MAD Museum in New York. (More info about Maria Rosa Franzin).
Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by some professionals to create new opportunities for contemporary jewelry promoting a synergistic dialogue between artistic and productive levels. The main elements of AGC are artistic research, renewal of the concept of ornament, experimentation with new materials and technologies, protection and development of the historical heritage made up of know-how and abilities. It’s opened to everyone involved or interested in art, design and jewelry.
ANNA SCHETELICH (OONA Gallery, Berlin): Born in Germany, she graduated in Art History and Cultural Science at Berlin Humbold University in 1997. She has participated and coordinated several projects in important museums in Berlin and in 2000 she founded Berlin OONA Gallery, where emergent artists and designers can exhibit their jewelry design creations (OONA-GALERIE). Starting from 2004, she has been speaker for interesting conferences about arts and design, she was curator of the Jewelry Project Bon Marché Paris and member of the committee in other contests, such as Pierre Lang Award Vienna, Dannerpreis Munich, Rotarierpreis Hanau, Bezalel Academy Jerusalem.
ELENA RIZZI (OHMYBLUE Gallery, Venice): Born in Como, Italy, she graduated in Urbanistic at IUAV University in Venice and after 10 years of experience in the interior design sector, she founded OHMYBLUE Gallery in Venice: a platform where people can
discover the world of contemporary jewelry and have a different idea of luxury, putting the audience in contact with the creations of the best international artists and designers (OHMYBLUE).
ROBERTO ZANON (Design professor at Accademia delle Belle Arti of Venice): The architect Roberto Zanon has taught in several Italian universities, such as in Florence, Pauda and Venice, but he has been also visiting professor in asean universities, like in Bangalore, Pune, Hong Kong and Bangkok, european universities, in Lisboa, Porto, Madrid, Athens, Lyon, Bucarest, Valencia, Varsavia, and sudamerican ones, such as in Cali. He was design professor at the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Carrara, L’Aquila, Turin in Italy and at the moment he is engaged at the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Venice. Over years, he has published books and he has written articles about design for Italian and international magazines. Moreover, he has developed a great interest for contemporary jewelry, that is also the main theme of his researches (RobertoZanon.it; ABPR17design).
VALERIA ACCORNERO (Journalist, Curator of temporary exhibition and Blogger): Her passion for fashion, art and contemporary jewellery has deep roots: since her childhood, she was interested in the world of fashion as she used to accompany her mother – a well-known fashion journalist – to several events, both in Italy and France. This background helped her to develop a great attention to new trends and details; apart from fashion, she later specialized in art, design and photography, too. She soon became a professional journalist, she has worked as editor-in-chief and editorial consultant for important magazins and companies. Her passion for jewelry design leads her to become curator of a jewelry exhibition at Musei Civici in Venice and in France (Lille) in occasion of the contemporary art festival, Lille3000. Five years ago, she founded the information blog GioielloContemporaneo about contemporary jewelry.
DIANE VENET (jewelry collector): Born in Paris, Diane Venet was steeped in the art world from an early age. Her family were avid collectors, and her father Jacques Segard was for several years the President of the Friends of the Musée national d’Art Moderne in Paris. From 1967 to 1976, she worked as a radio and television journalist, and co-hosted the successful weekly culture program Samedi Soir, broadcast on France 2. A passionate collector of art, as well as jewelry pieces by artists, Venet was also able to solicit the loan – and in some cases, the creation – of pieces from some of the twentieth century’s most prominent sculptors in order to curate the highly-acclaimed Bijoux Sculpturesat Musée La Piscine de Roubaix, in the north of France, in the spring of 2008. The success in Roubaix led to expanded iterations of the exhibition – thereafter entitled From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler – installed at the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York in 2011, at the Benaki Museum in Athens in 2012, followed closely by Valencia’s IVAM, Miami’s Bass Museum, the Hangaram Design Museum in the South Korean capital, at the Seoul Art Center, and most recently, at the Vitraria Glass +A Museum in Venice. A larger tome on the subject of artist jewelry was published by Skira Flammarion in 2011, and, with an introduction by Venet and rich texts by noted art critics Barbara Rose and Adrien Goetz, offers an even more comprehensive view on the expanded selection included in the exhibition (Diane Venet).
MARIANNA SERANDREI (Owner of Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani and Art Lover):
Graduated in Japanese Language and Literature in Venice, she then moved to London, in order to attend ‘Sothebys’ first, and then SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), with a MA in Oriental Art and Archeology. She loves art, design, travels and necklaces, above all those made with glass or other poor materials: in her opinion, they are elements in common between women of different ethnies, cultures and geographical areas.
Her hotel, Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani, inaugurated at the end of 2000, is a ground-breaking hotel, creating a new hotellerie style in Venice. Its 29 chambers follow ‘Art Deco’ style and everything has been studied carefully. Periodically, the Hotel host exhibitions in the first floor hall: they have to deal with painting, photography or design, opening its doors to the city (Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani).