The Glass Bead Game / Jewellery Essence
“The Glass Bead Game / J e w e l l e r y E s s e n c e” is an exhibition at the gallery GAo ShAn that presents the works of Finnish jewellery artists and designers in the field of Art&Fine Jewellery – Inni Pärnänen, Elina Honkanen, Vesa Nilsson, Tiina Arkko, Pekka Kulmala, Irene Sema, Ville Redman, Petri and Annika Eklöf – as well as works by the artists Ian Bourgeot and Jaakko Heikinheimo.
The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to “The Glass Bead Game”, the novel by Hermann Hesse. The book describes a very old game. The history of jewellery is likewise ancient. Each of the pieces exhibited function as a key to a story told in photographic images.
The installation presented at the exhibition is based on a project, likewise named “The Glass Bead Game”, which can be viewed on the website of Irene Sema, the exhibition curator: www.irene-sema.com