“DIVA! Italian Glamour in Fashion Jewellery”, an exhibition dedicated to Made in Italy jewellery held in Manama, at the National Museum of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will remain open to the public until December 11. The exhibition showcases a wonderful repertoire of more than 200 pieces of Italian jewelry, from the years of La Dolce Vita, through the Pret-a-Porter of the 80s, the minimalism of the 90s to the neo-baroque of the new millennium.
This extraordinary exhibition celebrates Italian jewellery and wants to pay tribute to the Italian creativity and manufacturing, art and technology, beauty and innovation.
The exhibition, organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Bahrain, was inaugurated on 17 November.
The opening ceremony was attended by Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marina Sereni, who said that “these efforts mirror the depth of relations between the two friendly countries and the unanimous achievements to enhance cultural work locally and globally”, underlining the common ground between Italy and Bahrain, including the interest in art, craft and fashion.
The exhibition, curated by Alba Cappellieri, professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Director of the Jewelry Museum of Vicenza, showcases more than 200 pieces of Italian jewelry, made with precious materials and metals such as silver, gold and even Murano glass, which were crafted through the use of ancient techniques such as lost wax casting.
BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, said on this occasion: “Italian culture continuously enriches our cultural movements with all its arts and craftsmanship, and today’s exhibition comes as a reflection on the most beautiful Italian jewelry displayed at the Bahrain National Museum, opening new horizons for culture lovers in the Kingdom to pursue”.
As added value to the event, on the 18 of November the Centre for Italian Culture “Grazia Deledda” at the Royal University for Women hosted a lecture titled: “Italian Fashion Jewelry” about the Made in Italy in the jewelry sector, by Dr. Susanna Testa, PhD in Design and Assistant Professor at the Department of Design at Politecnico of Milano, designer and illustrator.
The exhibition is also available online, at divaexhibition.com.