Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Salvador Dali ART Jewellery and surrealism

The MNAC in Barcelona is hosting an unusual exhibition for a contemporary art museum: jewellery designed by artists. The likes of Picasso, Braque, Calder and Dali.

Salvador Dali experimented with almost every artistic technique and around the mid 1940's to 1950's, even jewels creating some of the most surrealistic pieces to be found in the world of vintage jewelry. He took care of the design and relied on Carlos Alemany's craftsmanship, in New York. It is quite interesting the way he selected which stones he wanted to use and gave them a particular attribute: rubies for energy, sapphires for tranquility and lapis lazuli for the subconscious.

One of the most popular and controversial pieces designed by Dali were the phone ear rings, of which multiple examples can be found, the first pair was a commission by Elsa Schiaperelli.