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On This Day – 12 September 2009 – The Marzee Collection

Galerie Marzee celebrated its 40th birthday on 9 June 2019, but 10 years ago today, The Marzee Collection exhibition opened at St Andrews Museum.

In partnership with St Andrews Museum and the Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft brought part of the Galerie Marzee’s exciting collection to Fife.

Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009. The gallery is the largest known gallery in the world, dedicated to innovative contemporary jewellery, and its director, Marie-José van den Hout, has built an extensive collection of international contemporary jewellery.

The jewellery selected for the exhibition was worn by prominent Fifers at a pre exhibiton dining event. The jewellery itself, and recordings of the event showing participants wearing it, was then shown at St Andrews Museum. 
The portrait photographs were taken by Edinburgh based Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie of broad daylight.

View of the exhibition at St Andrews Museum

Find out more about the artists in the exhibition HERE.

As part of the exhibition a short film was made of the project.  This shows the pre-exhibition dining event – a special lunch at House of Falkland for invited guests who all had pieces of jewellery chosen for them by Marie-Jose of Galerie Marzee – you can watch the film HERE.

View to where short film of event at Falkland House was played

To accompany the exhibition, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft produced a full colour catalogue, which includes images of the jewellery displayed and worn. The catalogue features the 12 portrait photographs taken by broad daylight, one of which still features on their website today.
You can buy the catalogue HERE.

Portraits by broad daylight with Marie-José van den Hout on the left

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