CURRENT OBSESSION FOR MUNICH JEWELLERY WEEK 2021
publication | Rotterdam (The Netherlands) | March 2021
In this year marked by the sanitary emergency and in which the annual appointment with the Jewelry Week in Munich - a well established section of the SCHMUCK international fair - was cancelled, the influential Dutch magazine Current Obsession has invited artists and independent curators to build exhibitions on the pages of the paper magazine just like they would have done in the exhibition space in Munich.
Current Obsession writes: "Together with our vibrant international community, CO creates a beautiful printed publication in place of our usual in-person programming and delivers it to the doorsteps of visitors who aren't able to travel to Munich this year."
PREMIO VITTORIO SGARBI
selection | February 2021
In 2021 Premio Sgarbi has instituted "A one-of-a-kind award, an authentic cultural rave which is going to include several sections devoted to painting, sculpture and photography". For each section, some Italian and foreign contemporary representatives of all forms of art got selected. As soon as possible, the selected artists will build up an exhibition and their works will be published on a catalogue the great art critic will take care of.
article | Naples | October 2020
Preziosa Magazine, a magazine specialized in the field of jewelry, dedicated to Stefano Fronza an article published in the Design section and entitled
Stefano Fronza: il colore, indelebile interpretazione del suo segno.Read article
LUCE | LUZ | LIGHT
online exhibition | Thereza Pedrosa Gallery - Asolo (Treviso) | June, 4th, thru July, 12th, 2020
By answering a personal invitation issued by the gallery of Asolo - an invitation that was addressed to 16 artists who were born or have moved to Italy - Stefano Fronza attended the exhibition Light LUZ LIGHT. The invitation proposed that the artists "unite and launch a beam of light, a waft of fresh air, a wave of hope. Let us restart, together.
The period ahead of us will not be an easy one, but opportunities will arise and we will have to grab them, we will have to keep chasing our dreams. When you work with what you love, you have no choice, because it is not about work only. It is about love. It is about friendship. It is about passion. Our desire is, therefore, to put in all our passion and energy so that to create new opportunities and to move forward, together".
Along with Stefano Fronza, the exhibition was attended by the following artists: Bruno Pedrosa, Carla Riccoboni, Caterina Zanca, Chiara Scarpitti, Clara Del Papa, Corrado De Meo, Gigi Mariani, Heidemarie Herb, Maria Rosa Franzin, Patrizia Bonati, Sara Barbanti, Stefania Lucchetta, Stefano Rossi, Ylenia Deriu and Yoko Takirai | Pietro Pellitteri.
GIOIELLI IN FERMENTO 20|21 Part 1
online exhibition and catalogue publication | Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza) | 2020
Upon reaching its 10th edition, the contest "Premio Città Castel San Giovanni" decided to base the 2020/2021 selection of jewelry artworks on a reflection and on a new level of research. Stefano Fronza, who had been selected in 2020, saw his work published in the December paper catalogue 20|21 Part 1. The exhibition was inaugurated in May 2020 and is still online nowadays. Further steps of the project are a future exhibition and the Prizes awarding.
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JEWELRY SELECTION AT VENICE DESIGN WEEK 2019exhibition | Venice | October 2019
The programme of the 10th edition of Venice Design Week includes a special section devoted to research jewelry. The exhibition displays the outcome of the 6th edition of the VDW Jewelry Selection, which took place in 2019 and asked the attendees to interpret the theme of rebirth, reflecting on the relationship established between the jewel and the person wearing it. Stefano Fronza attended the contest, got selected and joined the award ceremony at the 1st floor of the suggestive Ca’ Pisani Design Hotel in Venice. The exhibition remained open to the public from October, 3rd, thru November, 3rd, 2019.
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NATURALIA | THE BLOOMING GARDEN
exhibition | HOMI FIERA – Milan | January 2018
The January and September editions of "HOMI Fiera - il Salone degli stili di vita (the Exhibition of lifestyles)" take place every year in Milan. In 2018 the exhibition space devoted to jewelry was curated by Alba Cappellieri. Such space accomodates about two hundred jewelry exhibitors who - since the 50's and up to our days - have been inspired by flora, fauna and the world of plants.
LA PELLE DELLA MODA
exhibition | HOMI FIERA - Milan | September 2017
The September 2017 exhibition at HOMI Fiera was curated by Michele Izzo along with Benedetta Ferrati, Giulia Ferretti and Alice Gaviraghi; the particular set-up that was arranged is well described by the exhibition title "La pelle della moda" (the leather of fashion). The selection consists of one hundred works by the best Italian designers and by a large group of young designers from "Politecnico" of Milan.
exhibition | Palazzo Fondazione Stelline - Milan | February 21st, thru March, 5th, 2017
The burnished silver 925 necklace "Chiavi a corona" by Stefano Fronza was on display during SCATENATA, an exhibition that was first hosted by the Milan-based
HOMI Fiera and then moved to Palazzo Fondazione Stelline in Corso Magenta. Curated by Alba Cappellieri -
professor of Jewelry and Accessories Design at the Politecnico
university in Milan and director of Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza
- and devoted to the most precious and original interpretations of the theme "necklace",
the exhibition brought the selected one hundred and fifty objects to the attention of a great number of visitors and, in particular, of the media.
Collana "Chiavi a Corona" | 2005 Argento 925 brunito
exhibition | HOMI FIERA - Milan | January 2017
Stefano Fronza's first attendance at Milano Fiera Homi dates back to January 2017. The exhibition space devoted to jewelry was curated by Alba Cappellieri and was entitled “Scatenata”. A special tribute was given to the object necklace as such.
Thanks to its success, around the end of February the exhibition was repeated at the prestigious Palazzo Fondazione Stelline.
UNA VOLTA ANCORA
exhibition | Marijke Studio - Padua | November 2016
Marijke Bianchi Vallanzasca and Stefano Fronza first met in 2000 at Hofbrauhaus in Munich and since then some of Stefano's artworks have been exhibited in her Gallery in Padua. “Una volta ancora” was his first official exhibition. Let me honour Marijke by quoting her words:
Recent exhibitions were always supposed to be the last ones, still I've kept finding interesting artworks, new artworks to promote.
How hard it is to extinguish passion! And so... here is one more exhibition...
Let me present some young artists who are worth being known: Chiara Antonietti, Elisa Deval, Stefano Fronza, Eugenia Ingegno, Stefania Lucchetta, the abstractions by the renowned Milan designer Alba Polenghi Lisca and, accompanied by some regret, the last conscious works by Giorgio Cecchetto, who prematurely left us and whose works remind of his goldsmith's expertise as well as of our collaboration and long-lasting friendship.
The exhibition culminates with some artworks by Bruno Martinazzi, including an unreleased abstract artwork that made history (1965), an extremely precious one.
SKIN - LA SUPERFICIE DEL GIOIELLO
exhibition | Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza | January, 23rd thru May, 1st, 2016
The exhibition entitled "Skin" took place in 2016 and is among the first temporary exhibitions of Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza, a museum that had been inaugurated back in 2014. This is the first museum in Italy and one of the few museums in the world to be exclusively dedicated to jewelry. Its location, inside the historically valuable Basilica Palladiana in the city center of Vicenza, was designed and set up by the designer Patricia Urquiola; the director and curator of the museum is Alba Cappellieri, who is Professor of Jewelry Design at the Politecnico university of Milano and a leading jewelry expert.
The exhibition "Skin" and the catalogue documenting it (published by Marsilio) were curated by Livia Tenuta and are the outcome of a thorough research in the
work of seventy-six designers, including masters of artistic goldsmithing, young designers and international craftsman who have dealt with the theme of surface making use of artisanal as well as digital techniques, of materials metamorphosis affecting both shape and colour, of visual and tactile contact, of the duplicity of significance and of the relationship among skin, body and dress. A non superficial search of the surface
Stefano Fronza got included in the section devoted to Designers and this is what the curator Livia Tenuta writes about him "....as in the work of Stefano Fronza, it is not enough to satisfy the gaze in its perception of different surfaces suggested by colour, but touch, contact is required to perceive its smooth or rough nature".
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Spilla "La casa" | 2010Acrylic resin, pigments and fibreglass
GOLDSMITH ART IN TRENTINO
interview/report by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana in Trento | curated by Tiziana Raffaelli | Trento 2016
During the regional newscast - TGR RAI of Trento the journalist Tiziana Raffaelli interviews two goldsmith artists. Stefano Fronza gets filmed while at his workbench and talks about the object he is working on, telling of technique and inspiration.
"IL NUOVO È INEVITABILE" AND "OMAGGIO A MANFRED BISCHOFF"
group exhibitions | Marijke Studio - Padova | 2015/2014
Collecting and presenting to the public the best contemporary artistic goldsmiths was just the latest of efforts by Marijke Bianchi Vallanzasca, a great expert who dedicated
her life to jewelry acting as international promoter and curator of exhibitions of contemporary artworks in private spaces and for public institutions. In her own space
"Marijke Studio - gioiello d'autore" " in Padua she used to arrange a new event every year: a group exhibition where great masters and young talents were side by side.
Stefano Fronza took part in the 2015 edition - a tribute to Manfred Bischoff - with a series of new works belonging to the collection
I Personaggi. During the previous year, at the 2014 group exhibition entitled "Il nuovo é inevitabile"(The new is inevitable), Stefano Fronza had presented beforehand the first 4 broaches of that collection. The event hosted some of the big names of the Italian and international research jewelry scene, among whom Gijs Bakker, Giampaolo Babetto, Peter Skubic, Bruno Martinazzi, Manfred Bischoff and Graziano Visintin from the school of Padua.
performance | Sala Iras Baldessari - Rovereto | May 2015
Inside the artistic journey of Stefano Fronza the Rovereto performance represents the point of arrival of an interdisciplinary project that saw the light in 2001 and that prompted
the Culture Department of the
Municipality of Trento to award him a scholarship abroad. The research took place in the Netherlands and was focused on the possible interaction among different
artistic languages.Alchimie nell'aria exemplifies and, at the same time, documents such interaction.
Music: live performance by "Associazione Labirinti armonici" from Trento;
Written word: poetical interludes by Micaela Vettori marking the progress of the video; Cinematography: in the making of the video, the shootings by Filippo Forti, the photographs by
Nadia Baldo and Monica Condini as well as the editing by Loris Tasin do all contribute to the narrating process. Along with the goldsmith Stefano Fronza and the musicians, even
the audience plays as actor of the performance and undertakes a kind of journey that draws through the air the feeling which unites all artistic languages.
Images of the soirée
EFFETTO DONNA - LUCE IN MOVIMENTO
own exhibition | Palazzo Candelpergher - Nogaredo nearby Rovereto | from 30/04/2011 thru 01/05/2011
"Effetto donna" is the title of an exhibition set up in the 17th-century Sala Veneziana at the Palace of the Municipality of Nogaredo. In the ancient village at the feet of Castel Noarna a folk festival dedicated to the female world and to well-being had been taking place for more than a decade. This territory thereby remembered, reversing its meaning, the historical process against witchcraft that took place in 1647, when some women of the village got accused and sentenced. In the 2011 edition Stefano Fronza and his artworks were among the protagonists of the packed program of the event. The project and the set-up were curated by
Osvaldo Maffei, the video-interview is by Micaela Vettori – creator and artistic director of the event – and the shootings by Loris Tasin.
This is what is written in the presentation:
The set-up of Nogaredo, a place of magic and rebirth, enhances the creativity of Stefano Fronza as an artist, thereby inviting the audience to overcome the threshold posed by the materiality of the implicit value that all can see and give a look onto an inner world ruled by the gratuity of the feelings bestowed on others. And, as in any secret garden worth of this name, that world needs protection from grim glances. Its fruits don't belong to anybody but only to those capable to grasp its beauty, which is not free of risks.
Maybe this is the reason why women love it and wear it with unattainable elegance and allure.
THE REMARKABLE YOUNG TALENT ARTIST - STEFANO FRONZA
publication | Jewelry World Magazine - articolo di Isabelle Chang | 2010
Isabelle Chang, a Korean journalist specialized in goldsmithing art, dedicated Stefano Fronza a long article published on the international review Jewelry World Magazine. This is what she writes:
"Stefano Fronza is no doubt one of the most remarkable young talents in the Italian contemporary art jewellery world. [..] The jewellery of Stefano Fronza is unique, elegant and outstanding. Although he has followed many famous masters like Giampaolo Babetto, Peter Skubic and Enrico Nagai, he hasn't done the same work as them which many other followers have done, Stefano Fronza has created his own language of art in contemporary jewellery".
In her long article the journalist runs through the professional history of Stefano and this is what she writes regarding his works: "Surprisingly, Fronza is able to mold such hard material as titanium, like when working with silver. It is really amazing that he creates his style from combining the traditional technique with the modern processing technique. He mixes titanium with acrylic resin adding fibreglass and pigments, emphasizing thereby the colour and sense of reality of the lines. [..] Asymmetries of equilibrium, light, shade and shapes, are used to express movements as main subjects in Fronza's work. For example the 'Waves' is to express the movements of the sea waves. The 'Danza' is to accentuate a dancer's movements, and the 'Strade' is to display the movements of car driving".