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Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style at NGV

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Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style is the latest exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, with a twist.

National Gallery of Victoria, Italian Jewels, Bulgari, Elizabeth Taylor
"Elizabeth Taylor in a publicity photograph for The V.I.P.s (1963)movie wearing her Bulgari platinum, emerald and diamond tremblant brooch; and Colombian emerald brooch with earrings, 1963Photo © Photofest, New York

Spotlighting some truly unique jewellery pieces by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, the exhibition includes his range from the 1950s and 60s and their connection with Hollywood and Italian cinema. This includes emerald and diamond jewellery from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor as well as stunning pieces worn by Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Anita Ekberg and Gina Lollobrigida. The exhibition includes over 80 pieces on display as well as an assortment of film and photography featuring his jewellery being worn by leading ladies.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to learn more about the early beginnings of Sotirio Bulgari from his first shop opening in 1884 to becoming one of the biggest and most respected jewellery artisans in the world.

National Gallery of Victoria, Italian Jewels, Bulgari, Sotirio Bulgari
Sotirio Bulgari outside his shop in Saint Moritz, 1906Photo ©Bulgari Historical Archive, Rome

The display also includes Bulgari's intricate tremblant brooches, which are not only gorgeous to look at but also give off the appearance of quivering. Bulgari's constant innovation and artistry in his field earned him great respect and his jewellery became highly sought after, on screen and off.

National Gallery of Victoria, Italian Jewels, Bulgari, Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman in 1963 posing for a picture, wearing Bulgari Tremblant brooch,1958, as a tiaraon the set of the movie The Visit (1964)Photo © Ingrid Bergman Archive -Wesleyan University Cinema Archives

The exhibition runs from the 30th September 2016 – 29 January 2017 and entry is free. You can also check out a free Curators' Perspective event on Sunday the 2nd of October at 2pm in the Exhibition space. This event features guest speakers discussing the much loved Bulgari range on display.

Don't miss the free screening of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday the 9th of October at 2pm. Elizabeth Taylor was an avid collector of Bulgari jewellery and it was while on the set filming Cleopatra in Rome that she first discovered Bulgari and fell in love in more ways than one. Entry is free and the screening will be held in the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium NGV.

National Gallery of Victoria, Italian Jewels, Bulgari, jewellery
Bulgari, Rome (manufacturer)Italy 1884–Serpenti bracelet-watch1969gold, enamel (cloisonné), emerald, diamond46.0 x 1.5 cmBulgari Heritage Collection, Rome (MUS0503)Photo © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte

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When: 30/9/2016 - 29/1/2017
Phone: (03) 8662 1555
Where: NGV 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: FREE
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I was watching a documentary a couple of days ago that featured this distinctive jewellery. It is very eye catching. I was surprised to see the exhibition was free.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6929) 1078 days ago
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