For the fourth edition of SerpentiForm, the snake between art, jewelry and design is the protagonist of the exhibition in progress from 29 April to 25 August 2019 at the Chengdu Museum in China; among the works of contemporary art on display, sculptures by David Aaron Angeli "Woman with snake" were selected.
Symbol of seduction, rebirth and transformation, the snake has captured the artistic imagination of man since ancient times, evoking magic, wisdom and power. Since the forties of the twentieth century, Bulgari has reinterpreted this iconic animal through fine jewelry, and has taken it as an identity symbol of the brand, telling its facets with the exhibition SerpentiForm, now in its fourth edition.
On this occasion, the exhibition will be held at the Chengdu Museum, comparing the symbol of the snake in Chinese culture with multiple reinterpretations occurring in the Western world. Among the works of prominent figures of the twentieth-century and contemporary art scene, such as Joan Mirò, Alexander Calde, Niki de Saint Phalle, Joana Vasconcelos, Henri Dono and Philip Taaffe - in collaboration with the Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, are the two wax sculptures from the series "Woman with snake" by David Aaron Angeli.
The artist had already collaborated with Bulgari for the exhibition "Serpenti Art Exhibition", held in May 2018 at the New Curiosity Shop in Via Condotti in Rome; for the Chengdu Museum, sculptures that represent graceful female figures with a snake and a cup, symbolizing the courage, wisdom and generosity that characterize the female universe have been selected. The sculptures evoke the divinity linked to the earth, fertility and rebirth present in the sacred imagination since ancient times.
Through the manipulation of wax, the artist's favorite material, David Aaron Angeli gives shape to his inspiration that explores the human archetypes related to life and death and to the mysterious force of Nature.
SerpentiForm, Chengdu Museum. Installation view. Courtesy Bulgari
The jewels collection inspired by the snake. Courtesy Bulgari
Amongst the works on show, there are the canvases by Philip Taaffe in collaboration with Studio d'Arte Raffaelli
The fashion collection inspired by the snake. Courtesy Bulgari
Installation view with the works by Niki De Saint Phalle. Courtesy Bulgari
DAVID AARON ANGELI, "Woman with Snake" #1 e #2, 2018. Cera, ferro, legno VAI ALLE OPERE