An event entirely dedicated to jewellery
As a major international event, Parcours Bijoux 2020 presents some sixty projects, exhibitions and talks bringing together artists and researchers from numerous countries. Galleries, museums, institutions and public spaces will display a multifaceted creativity that places jewellery simultaneously in a social, anthropological and aesthetic context.
This new cultural episode will perpetuate the ambitions and achievements of the Parcours Bijoux 2017, when over four hundred jewellers from within and outside France came together around sixty actions organised by the association D’un bijou à l’autre.
Since contemporary jewellery has escaped strict definition for over fifty years, it may well be that no definition can satisfactorily encompass the wide panorama provided by the individual approaches of each artist. Multiple and multifaceted, this jewellery features as many shapes and interpretations as there are designers, and thus as many journeys, skills, personal histories and intents. While neither costume nor high-end jewellery, it might dare be both at the same time. It might be expressive, poetic, playful, delightful, upsetting, scary – or simply beautiful.
This jewellery has always negotiated its way through the very heart of the interdisciplinarity so typical of today’s art world. It is a complex world in itself, lying somewhere between contemporary art, craftsmanship, fashion, applied art and design.
Of course, in this approach, one area is common to its great family-at-large: adornment, involving the object and the body. And the avant-garde sometimes even frees itself of both these aspects, and of materials and techniques as well.
So the association D’un bijou à l’autre stands for an open and generous approach to an organic practice nurtured by a huge diversity of works and techniques. A pluralistic jewellery made up of singular perspectives.
Parcours Bijoux 2017 aims to create loyalty in a community of enlightened amateurs and knowledgeable collectors, attract new audiences and inspire vocations. It sets the stage for a dialogue between various media and cultures, and contributes to the development of theoretical thinking by bringing together sociologists, anthropologists, and historians.
D’un bijou à l’autre Association
Organiser of Parcours Bijoux
Created in 2011, DBAL is an association of professionals in the contemporary jewellery field as well as artists from other areas. It aims to support and organize different kinds of public events dealing with jewellery, like exhibitions, seminaries, conferences and publications.
The members of this association are professionals and representatives of French contemporary jewellery groups like Corpus, La Garantie, Contrepoint, GLA, all of them committed in promoting contemporary jewellery, some of them since several years.
In order to highlight contemporary jewellery within the jewellery scene, the association DBAL launches in 2011 an international call for entries to create, in partnership with Ateliers d’Art de France, the Circuits Bijoux.
In 2019, DBAL launches another call for entries for the Parcours Bijoux 2020.
This major project has been dreamt about, carried, and organized pro bono by the association D’un bijou à l’autre, and has been made possible thanks to the energy, the high spirits, and the commitment of each one of its members for the past two years.
DBAL actif team is for 2019: Stella Bierrenbach – présidente, Céline Sylvestre – secrétaire, Catherine Le Gal – trésorière, Andrea Piñeros, Ana-Carolina Escobar, Brune Boyer, Caroline Volcovici, Galatée Pestre, Claire Wolfstirn, Marianne Anselin, Clémentine Despocq, Toktam Nourkeyhani, Sophie Bonnet.
Membres amis : Jordane Somville, Laurence Verdier, Valentine Herrenschmidt, Aude Medori, Larissa Cluzet.