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9 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

Purity and Decadence: Contemporary Czech Jewellery

For the first time ever, a selection of the best of Czech contemporary jewellery, object and metalwork comes to London. As part of London Craft Week, 'Purity and Decadence: Contemporary Czech Jewellery is set to celebrate and inspire the design industry throughout May.

While Czech glass and costume jewellery already have a strong reputation in the United Kingdom,  Purity and Decadence is the first group exhibition showcasing several generations of contemporary Czech jewellery to the British audience. Each of the presented artists is renowned in their field and unique in their style and approach to object. The award-winning collections by Eva Eisler, Nastassia Aleinikava, Zorya, Markéta Kratochvílová and students of the K.O.V. studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, are connected by their original vision pushing the boundaries of what we understand by art, jewellery and exceptional craftsmanship.

The talented designers will fill up the wonderful space of the Gallery S O where throughout May visitors will be able to see pure minimalist necklaces, bracelets, and objects by world famous designer Eva Eisler, crystalized ropes and organic shaped luxury jewels by ZORYA, futuristic eyewear and brooches inspired by mediaeval manuscripts created by this year´s winner of the prestigious Czech Grand Designer Award Nastassia Aleinikava and kinky silver ear-pieces and decadent accessories crossing the lines between jewellery and fashion by Markéta Kratochvílová. One of the exhibition highlights will for sure be student work from the K.O.V. studio featuring the edgy Work is My Religion collection by Jakub Křelina or the sublime pieces by Alžběta Dvořáková, winner of the Marzee Graduate Prize.

An official part of the London Craft Week, the exhibition will offer accompanying workshops and lectures introducing both the contemporary Czech design scene, but also the magnificent tradition of Czech costume jewellery. 

Exhibitions: May 9 2018 – June 1 2018
Private View: May 10 2018, 6 – 9pm, FREE (All designers will be present)
Opening hours:  Wed - Sat: 12 - 6 pm, Sun: 12 - 5 pm
Address:  GALLERY S O LONDON, 92 Brick Lane, London, E16RL, UK
+44 (0)20 7377 8008, info@galleryso.com
9-13 May 2018 (exhibition opened every day from 12-7pm during London Craft Week)

Cover image:
Design: Nasstassia Aleinikava
hoto by: Vojtěch Veškrna

Supported by TECHO, BOHEM BREWERY, Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic

The exhibition is organized by the Czech Centre London as part of the Czech Republic 100 anniversary. 

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Eva Eisler is an internationally recognized sculptor, furniture, product and jewellery designer, whose pieces are being collected by the likes of Norman Foster or Zaha Hadid. Rooted in constructivist theory, her structurally-based objects project a unique spirituality by nature of their investment with “sacred geometry.” She received numerous awards including the 2014 Czech Grand Design Award for Best Jewellery Collection. Eisler is also a respected curator and educator. She heads the award-winning K.O.V. (concept-object-meaning) studio at Prague's Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, among many others. http://www.maurer-zilioli.com/en/exhibitions/137-eva-eisler-en.html

The ZORYA studio was established in 2011, preceded by a long-term collaboration between jeweller Zdeněk Vacek and designer Daniel Pošta. The studio quickly gained renown for its jewellery collections in which experimentation with form and meaning played a major role, fusing technological and creative methods previously absent in classical jewellery making. Together, Vacek and Pošta have pursued the creation of objects bordering art and design. They have jointly received the recognition as Best Jeweller and Grand Designer of the Year (2011) in the Czech Grand Design Awards, and several prizes for Best Presentation and Best Jewellery Collection at the Designblok event in Prague. ZORYA has also been acknowledged by the curators of the SOFA Chicago fair. www.zorya.eu  

Class of Eva Eisler at The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.  The aim of the K.O.V. (concept, object, meaning) studio is to not only train students to become goldsmiths or designers, but rather to open their minds towards a wider spectrum of further applications within the environment we live in and to deepen their understanding of the importance of even the smallest details. The goal of the studio is to unleash the students‘ fantasy, creativity and instil in them a playful, innovative and imaginative approach. Eva Eisler, one of the most internationally recognized Czech designers, strives to lead students towards a deeper understanding of the wide spectrum of art in space through an interdisciplinary approach to material, concept and form, in a close relationship to design, architecture and contemporary art. https://www.umprum.cz/web/cs/uzite-umeni/k-o-v-koncept-objekt-vyznam

The work of Nastassia Aleinikava is spread out between luxury jewel of an extra-ordinary quality and unconventional shapes and styles of glasses. She takes inspiration from nature as wells as from Eastern European cultural heritage. What makes her works so important is also the usage of top class materials. Glasses by Aleinikava are remarkable for being fully handmade from material of a high quality – Italian cellulose acetate by Mazzucchelli. Nastassia graduated in 2013 from K.O.V. studio (headed by Eva Eisler) at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She has won several prestigious awards culminating with two Czech Grand Design Awards in 2018 for Designer of the Year and for Best Jewellery Designer. http://www.nastassiaaleinikava.com 

Winner of two Czech Grand Design Awards – Jewellery Designer of the Year 2016 and Talent of the Year 2014, Markéta Kratochvílová draws from a wide range of references, including the history of fashion, an anthropological interest in jewellery and manner of dress of indigenous groups in India, Africa, and Asia. Her mostly wearable pieces – half jewellery, half clothing, always laden with layers of meaning – explore the sculptural possibilities of different materials while making a statements about the complexities of femininity. Markéta graduated from K.O.V. studio in 2014. In 2017 she launched Bold Studio in Prague as a creative laboratory dedicated to jewellery and accessories design. http://boldstudio.eu


Design: Zorya
Photo: Jan Grombelík

Design: Markéta Kratochvílová
Photo by: Karin Zadrick

Design: Nastassia Aleinikava
Photo: Vojtěch Veškrna

Design: Eva Eisler
Photo: George Erml

Design: Alžběta Dvořáková
Photo: Lenka Grabicová  

Design: Eva Růžičková 
Photo:  Štěpán Manula




GALLERY S O LONDON, 92 Brick Lane, London, E16RL


From: 9 May 2018
To: 27 May 2018


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