Pinakothek der Moderne

Giampaolo Babetto

06 Mar - 30 May 2010

© Giampaolo Babetto
Necklace, 1968
Photo: Lorenzo Trento, Padua
"L'Italianità dei Gioelli"

06.03.2010 - 30.05.2010

»Babetto's works mirror a refined aesthetic concept based on dialogue, interrelationships and a blurring of boundaries between art genres.«
(Florian Hufnagl)
Giampaolo Babetto (b. 1947 in Padua) has had a marked influence on the avant-garde goldsmiths' scene since the late 1960s and is one of the protagonists of the so-called Padua School.
Babetto's work reflects contemporary art movements such as concrete art, minimal art, kinetic or op art in a unique, purist and plastic manner. Made up of different abstract elements, broken down into modular units, or rendered moveable through the use of ingenious links, Babetto's works have a strong architectural character - like mini architectural pieces or mini sculptures.
As a jewellery artist who has received a number of awards, he prefers working in gold due to its stable malleability and its warm sheen which he combines with unconventional materials such as plastic or glass, dusting the surface a with velvet-like pigment in luminous reds or blues or using enamel and age-old niello-based techniques.
He has already been called a mixed media artist, working not only on jewellery but also on silver objects, furniture design and architectural projects. His oeuvre reveals the uncompromising demands he himself places on each of the various artistic disciplines, combined with a systematic approach and love of experimentation. With his expressive but nevertheless very wearable pieces, Babetto has advanced to become one of the most influential international jewellery artists.
A publication with photographs by Ulrike Myrzik und Manfred Jarisch will accompany the exhibition.