This autumn, the Thyssen Museum presents an exhibition which reveals how the Bvlgari firm has used the art and architecture of classical and modern Rome as a source of inspiration in the design of its pieces over the past few decades.
The exhibition will include a selection of 145 pieces of jewellery from the Heritage Bvlgari collection, including items that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and Anna Magnani, and from a few private collections, such as that of Baroness Thyssen, together with around thirty paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by different European artists who have immortalised the city of Rome in their works, including Canaletto, Gaspar van Wittel, Ippolito Caffi and Arthur John Strutt. These works come largely from the Museum of Rome (Palazzo Braschi), but also from the Borghese Gallery, from the Capitolinos Museums and the collections of Banco Intesa San Paolo and the Círculo de la Caza, showing the subtle relationships between these pieces and the paintings, engravings, and Roman monuments that have inspired them.
Through careful presentation and staging, which includes interactive elements, Bvlgari and Rome takes visitors on a trip back through over 130 years of the firm's history, from handmade silver decorations and accessories from the late 19th Century made by its founder Sotirio Bulgari, to platinum and diamond pieces from the 1920s and 30s, which still followed the guidelines of French jewellery making, up to latter-day creations, including spectacular pieces from the firm's iconic collections, such as Serpenti, Monete, Parentesi and Bulgari Bulgari. This exhibition highlights the rounded volumes, the use of unconventional colours, and the predilection for yellow gold in certain decades, as some of the most characteristic features of this firm's style.
General Entrance Fee: €12
Reduced Entrance Fee: €8
Tues - Sun: 10am – 7pm
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