MC: A Passionate Life

Maria Cristina Bergesio (1973–2020)
Liesbeth den Besten and Roberta Bernabei

Maria Cristina Bergesio passed away on March 30, 2020, in Figline Valdarno, Italy. She was a well-known art historian who specialized in contemporary jewelry and had worked as a curator since 1999. She liked her friends to address her by her nickname, MC.

Maria Cristina Bergesio 

Maria Cristina Bergesio
Maria Cristina Bergesio
Giampaolo Babetto, A Cristina, 2020
David Bielander, Il Più Vicino Possible, 2020
Helen Britton, “Perché!?! Ma Perché!?!” Per la Contessa, Maria Cristina Bergesio, 2020
Maria Rosa Franzin, Dedicated to Maria Cristina, 2020
Ruudt Peters, Flowers for Maria Cristina, 2020
Mauro Veglianti, Fiore per Maria Cristina, 2020
Annamaria Zanella, Fiore Blu per Maria Cristina, 2020
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Interview with Junmin Bae

Finalist for AJF’S 2020 Young Artist Award
Bonnie Levine

AJF asked this year’s Young Artist Award winner and four finalists—who were chosen from among more than 135 international applicants—to tell us a bit about their backgrounds and their thoughts on the future of the art jewelry field. Their work represents a group of outstanding pieces of contemporary jewelry. Junmin Bae, who is from South Korea, materializes organic forms, repetitions and clusters, structural rhythmicity, and color contrast into objects that show micro worlds.

Cropped image, Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Necklace, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019
Junmin Bae, Brooch, 2019

In Your Hands

Join the Hand Medal Project (In English/Spanish)
Elizabeth Essner

At the Escuela de Arte de Sevilla, in Spain, metalworking students usually spend early spring working with local workshops to make religious jewels and decorations in preparation for the Holy Week, or Semana Santa. This year was different, as it was for so many around the world. As a result of COVID-19, there were no festivities to prepare for, and with many fighting the virus on hospital front lines, the students have instead been sawing little silhouettes of hands from metal.

Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
Hand Medal Project
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