The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum presents Bulgari y Roma. An exposition on how the architecture of contemporary and classical Rome influenced some of the Italian fashion house’s most exquisite pieces.
Founded in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has always looked to its surroundings for new ideas. The Coliseum, St Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, Fountains of Piazza Navona or the Pantheon have for decades given form to necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and broaches set in gold, silver, and precious stones. Gems which reflect the Roman landscape, geometric designs that remember classic ruins or the glitter of gold which reminds us of the intricate designs of the Baroque period.
Consisting of over 140 pieces from the Bulgari Foundation. The exhibit includes fabulous items that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Magnani and even the host museum’s own namesake, the Baroness Thyssen. Accompanied by more than 30 paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, and photographs that helped to creates some of Bulgari’s most iconic pieces.
The Thyssen takes us on a journey through some of the eternal city, as redrawn for us by some of Bulgari’s most talented minds. See how iconic monuments were reincarnated and immortalised by the prestigious jewelers. Like the 1934 bracelet inspired by the Colosseum. Rubies and diamonds set into the platinum form of that most famous Roman arena. Others include a Vatican City inspired choker, and broach that hold the same dimensions as the Piazza Navona.
Bulgari y Roma runs from the 30th of November to the 26th of February. Entrance is 12.00€, 8€ for students (student card required), carne joven holders, over 65s and under 12s.