Cultural

Highlights in Jewelry and Couture

FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN FOLKLORE FOUNDATION “V. PAPANTONIOU”

AND THE ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM

AT THE

ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM TEMPORARY EXHIBITION HALL

to 29 DECEMBER 2011

This exhibition draws on the unique collections of two specialized decorative arts museums that share a common focus on the applied arts of the 20th century and the world of fashion. Selected highlights, thebest of the permanent collections of the Ilias Lalaounis JewelryMuseum and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation are thus brought together in an exhibition structured as a visual dialogue between jewelry and couture – two distinct but interrelated facets of the world of design. Jewels from 50 collections created by Ilias Lalaounis and the Lalaounis house between 1947 and 2008 are presented alongside selected highlights from the extensive costume collections of the PFF dating from the 19th century to the present. Through a display that addresses fashion as evidence of material culture, the exhibition challenges distinctions  between high art and low art, elitist and mass culture, the contemporary and ‘the classic’ as well as between ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ forms and styles.

An exhibition which celebrates the power of Greek private institutions as generators of culture, this display invites viewers to challenge preconceived notions about fashion, jewelry and the art of design through a wealth of unique works that speak for themselves, evoking both the temporal and the timeless.

source: http://www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr/en/exTdetails.asp?exid=20

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