From the collections of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens.
The Exhibition will be Held at the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest
from 20 March to 5 July 2008.
Organised jointly by:
the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens and the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest
The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Hellenic Culture, the Romanian Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs and the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Romania.
The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum presents an exhibition of selected works from the permanent collections, which is to be held in the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest from 20th March 2008 to 5th July 2008.
«A Tribute to Magnificence» displays over three hundred works of jewelry and micro-sculpture created by designer and academician Ilias Lalaounis. Acclaimed throughout his prolific career as a celebrity goldsmith and a jeweller to royalty and the international jet set, Lalaounis created jewels that found favour with political and religious leaders, silver-screen icons, financial tycoons and illustrious personae of public life from around the world. Unique in its opulence and splendour, this exhibition brings together some of the most representative works of Greece’s foremost jewelry designer, held today in the permanent collections of the only Jewelry Museum of its kind in the world.
Objects from the ILJM’s permanent collections have previously travelled to exhibitions around the globe, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - Ibrahim Pasha Palace in Istanbul, and the Alexander S. Onassis Cultural Center in New York.
The exhibition in the National Museum of Art of Romania constitutes the first presentation of the ILJM’s collections in Bucharest. We have brought together some of the ILJM’s most precious holdings but also a wealth of supporting illustrative material from the Museum’s archives.
The splendid gold creations, set in the unique ambiance of the former royal palace of Romania, promise to dazzle audiences with their magnificence. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a bilingual, fully illustrated catalogue and a variety of tailor-made educational programs which, alongside the wealth of visual material, are carefully structured to guide viewers through the exhibition and to maximise its educational benefit. The exhibition will be under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture of and the Ministry of Culture of Romania.