Annamaria Zanella

My jewellery has been spoken of as ‘poor jewels’, a definition which is also an oxymoron. In reality I create mysterious objects that possess the charisma of the entire form while remaining faithful to the species artistic jewellery. Poverty is inherent in the pieces of sheet metal, corroded surfaces, in shards of glass, scraps of iron, and then the same in combination with gold and silver and enamel treated with acids to revitalize the intention to undermine the ideology of ostentation as valuable.
In my works is the experience of the subjects to take the name and place of a brooch, a ring, a necklace, subjects are willing to become significant again as if poverty is transformed in luxury in the freedom of art, unique items made with the aim to surprise and create emotions.
The most important aspect of the work remains, however, the continued research on materials, the ability to create sculptural forms through oxidations causing physical holes, wounds, burns, colours, creating microsculptures in which neither the preciousness nor the beauty are the value, but the poetry and the underlying design process.

Born  1966, Padova, Italy

  Graduated at Istituto Statale d’Arte “Pietro Selvatico” in Padova,
Section of Metals and Jewellery Design,Padova
1987  Studied at Fachhochschule für Gestaltung,enamel section course,Pforzheim
1988-1992  Graduated at Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Section of Sculpture

 Selezione Glassdressing VII°Concorso Internazionale Design Trieste Contemporanea-Trieste 
Premio Herbert-Hofmann 2006- München
2002  Bayerischer Staatspreis, Gold Medaille- München 
2001  Honorable Mention and Diplom, 2nd Cheongju International Craft Biennale Competition, Cheongju City
1997  Premio Herbert-Hofmann 1997- München
1991  Premio Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa - Venezia
1984  Premio Dee Beers,borsa di studio concorso.“Diamanti Domani”- Stresa
Selected Solo Exhibitions
  Galerie Slavik-Wien
2010  Galerie Orfèo-Luxemburg
2007  Galleria Klimt 02-Barcellona
Galerie Orfèo-Luxemburg
Le Arti Orafe Art Gallery-Lucca
Gallerie Birò- München
2005  Sammulung Design im Neuen Museum,Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design-Nürberg
2003  Gallerie Porée - Paris
2001  Gallerie Stühler -Berlin
2000  Galleria IBO -Klagenfurt
1999  Galerie Göttlicher-Krems-Stein

Selected Group Exhibitions
 “Art First, Arte Fiera Bologna”,with Arts&decorativesarts  in Firenze, Bologna
“Schmuck 2011”, München International Handwerksmesse, München
“Neuer Schmuck”,Maximilian Forum, München
“Position of Contemporary Jewelry Art”, Werkstadt galerie Graz, Graz
“SOFA New York”, with Charon Kransen Arts, New York
“Omaggio a Guariento, l’oro Contemporaneo”, Galleria GR20, Padova
“ Formen und Farben”, Galerie Slavik, Wien
“Schmuck 2011”,Espace Solidor,Cagnes sur Mer
“Collect ‘11”,The Saatchi Gallery (with Galerie Rosemarie Jäger), London
“Castelli, miniature, astri e alchimia. La Padova Carrarese nel gioiello contemporaneo, Oratorio S.Rocco, Padova 
“Gioielli d’autore,Padova e la scuola dell’oro”, RMIT- University Gallery, Melbourne
“Surface and Substance -contemporary enamel jewellery”, CAA, London, touring to Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
“Jewellery Unleashed”, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Arnhem
2010  “Schmuck 201°”, München International Handwerksmesse, München 
“Gioielleria contemporanea, materia e colore”, Studio GR20, Padova 
“Falten-Pleats-Plisee”, Galerie Handwerk, München 
“Annamaria Zanella,Renzo Pasquale, Yola Reding”, Galerie Orfèo, Luxemburg 
“Collect ‘10”, The Saatchi Gallery (with Galerie Rosemarie Jäger), London 
“Collect in Hochheim”,Galerie Jäger, Hochheim am Main 
“Artfarm Pilastro”, “Collane” con Galleria Studio GR20, Bonaviglio Verona 
“Gioiello Contemporaneo Due”, Museo degli Argenti Palazzo Pitti, Firenze 
“Glasswear”, Mobile Museum of Art,Mobile , Alabama 
“Glasswear”,Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Southeastern, North Carolina 
“Paper Jewellery”, Triennale Design Museum Incheon, Seoul Design City, Seoul 
“The New Italian Design, Triennale Design Museum”,Istambul Design Museum,Istambul
“Art Meets Jewellery-20 years galerie Slavik”, Galerie Slavik, Wien
2009  “Glasswear-Glass in Contemporary Jewelry”,Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie ,Texas 
“Schmuck aus Padua,Gioielli d’autore,Padova e la scuola dell’oro”, Galerie  Handwerk, München 
“Frame”(with Studio GR20), Schmuck 2009 München International Handwerksmesse München 
”Dialog,Annamaria Zanella e Renzo Pasquale”,Galerie Birò, München
“Glass touch”,Museo civico Palazzo Agostinelli, Bassano del Grappa
“Collect” The Saatchi Gallery, (with Galerie Rosemarie Jäger), London
“Eternal Platinum”,I.N.C.Space gallery Covent Garden, London 
”Decadence”,Sztuky Legnicy Galeria,Legnica 
“Paper Jewellery”, Museo della carta, Fabriano 
“Glasswear”,Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York  
“Paper Jewellery”,La Triennale di Milano, Milano 
“Challenging the Chatelaine!”, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia
“Glasswear”,Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Museo d’Arte Moderna Cà Pesaro-Venezia 
Musée des Arts Décoratifs,Palais du Louvre -Paris 
Landesmuseum, Joanneum- Graz 
Die Neue Sammlung ,Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst  
Design in der Pinakothek der Moderne-München 
Dauerleihgabe der Danner-Stiftung-München
National Museums of Scottland-Glasgow 
Museum of Arts and Design-New York 
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim 
Musée Grimaldi-Cagnes sur Mer 
Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte NC 
Museo degli Argenti,Palazzo Pitti-Firenze

2011 Publications 
F. Pini, “ La provocazione; se le carrette diventano gioielli” , in Il Corriere della Sera 4/04/ 2011, Milano, p.42
G. F. Grassetto (a cura di),”Omaggio a Guariento; l’oro contemporaneo”,Padova
L. Rappazzo, “Boats from Africa” in Psychologist  magazine, maggio 2011, pag.42 M. Cisotto Nalon (a cura di), “Castelli, miniature, astri e alchimia.La Padova Carrarese nel gioiello contemporaneo”, Imprimeda Ed.Padova ,2011*
P. Pavan,”Per una scuola superiore di oreficeria a Padova”, in Padova e il suo Territorio, n°151 –giugno, pp.27-31
M. Le Van,”21st Century Jewelry”,Larks Crafts, Sterling Publishing, New York
R. Ludwig,” Ringe aus Phantàsien” in ART AUREA, n°3, August 2011, Ulm, pp 22-23
R. Bernabei Shaw, “Contemporary Jewellers; interviews with european artists, Berg Publisher. Oxford, 2011
F. Pini ,“Così è partita la mia caccia al tesoro”, in Il Corriere Della Sera ,sabato 27 agosto 2011, Milano , p.45
L. Den Besten, “On Jewellery”, Arnolsche Art Publischer, Stuttgart, 201




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