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Bulgari exhibition spans time

HAVING previously shown in Rome in 2009 and Paris in 2010, the Italian jeweler Bulgari is exhibiting nearly 600 jewelry, decorative objects, watches and clocks at the National Museum of China in Beijing earlier this month.

It is the first time Bulgari's retrospective has toured Asia and most of the pieces are being displayed in China for the very first time.

Entitled "125 Years of Italian Magnificence," the on-going sprawling exhibition has been organized with sponsorship from Italy's Prime Minister's Office.

This "made in Italy" exhibition is divided into eight sections arranged in chronological and thematic order, from the opening of the first Bulgari shop on Via Sistina, Rome, in 1884 through to the present day.

The visitor's path will start with a collection of silver objects created in the late 19th century by Sotirio Bulgari, a Greek silversmith blessed with a creative mind and keen business sense. He laid the foundation of what was to become one of the world's greatest jewelry houses.

The exhibition continues with fine examples from the 1930s to present day, showcasing Bulgari's evolution over the years. The exhibition is more than a showcase of the masterpieces of jewelry. A collection of documents is showcased with many on public display for the first time, including sketches from various periods.

All of the pieces have been carefully researched by Amanda Triossi, curator of the retrospective exhibition and author of the 438 pages of the richly illustrated catalogue. Triossi created the Bulgari historical archive as well as the Bulgari vintage collection in 1997.

"I believe the fine jewels are miniature works of art. They should not be only worn by people but also displayed in the top museums with access to those who cannot afford them," Triossi said.

The famous American artist Andy Warhol once said: "I always visit Bulgari, because it is the most important museum of contemporary art."

Hurry if you want to see the diamonds and spectacular creations that have been worn by Anna Magnani, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Gina Lollobrigida. The exhibit runs until November 3.


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