Spider monkeys in Venice

Thank you Hotel Flora for hosting me during this Venetian Spring, so full of events, from Homo Faber to the Biennale.

The large vine in the internal courtyard of the Palazzo is the ideal stage for the bronze ateles, spider monkeys, one different from the other, dynamic and playful, in the form of pendants and brooches.

Let’s enjoy Spring at the Hotel Flora – San Marco 2283 / A – 30124 Venice

my interview on Inside Venice

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photo by Francesca Manera



Walking treasures VI at ESH Gallery

Pleased to be part of

Walking Treasures VI. Tesori da Passeggio, curated by Benedetta Jann
Sara Barbanti, Annarita Bianco (Merıstėma Lab), Paula Castro,
Laura Forte, Saimi Joutsi, Kaori Juzu, Oki Izumi, Valentina Romen,
Agustina Ros, Karin Seufert, Yoko Takirai, Giulia Vecchiato (SURI Jewelry), Laura Volpi, Angie Wu, Annachiara Zani, Alice Zanin

Opening: December 14th from 3pm to 9pm

exhibition from December 15th to December 23rd 2021
from Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm
and from January 10th to January 28th 2022, by appointment
ESH Gallery
via Forcella 7, Milan





Rock. Bronze. Fluid rocks.

In occasion of the Milan Design and Art Week:

Rock. Bronze. Fluid rocks.

I start from where nature surrounds me most, in South Tyrol, and experiment. I observe the rocks, I transforme their shape by modeling it in wax and leave the lost wax casting to a specialized craftsman. And the object turns into bronze.

But I like to go further. I photograph the rock and transfer it onto a thin aluminum wall piece. Or I make it fluid and light thanks to a colour print on silk. So I carry with me the colors of nature when I am far from Milan, my city of choice.

On the 5th of September the doors of SanFermoSette reopen. Back in town, I present the collections of bronze jewelry, silk scarves, and photographs on aluminum.

where: via San Fermo 7, 20121 Milan

when: from the 5th to the 19th of September 2021, from 10 am to 7 pm and by appointment

 





Kraxler

They are back!

The bronze climbers scale again the rocks inside the Hotel Turm in Fiè allo Sciliar, hanging on images of rocks taken by me and printed on aluminum. The photo is the support, a different kind of jewelry box.

A support that works good for the Lavater series as well.

where: Romantik Hotel Turm – Piazza della Chiesa 9 – 39050 Fié allo Sciliar – South Tyrol

when: from May 13 into the summer and until November 7

 

Lavater #8

 



Walking treasures at ESH Gallery

Pleased to be part of

Walking Treasures V. Tesori da Passeggio, curated by Benedetta Jann
Sara Barbanti, Paula Castro, Saimi Joutsi, Kaori Juzu, Valentina Romen, Giulia Savino, Yoko Takirai, Francesca Urciuoli, Andrea Vaggione, Laura Volpi

exhibition from December 5th to December 24th 2020, from Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 7pm
extended until January 29th 2021, by appointment
ESH Gallery
via Forcella 7, Milan



Kraxler

The bronze climbers scale the most diverse rocks inside the Hotel Turm in Fiè allo Sciliar.

The little bronze climbers hang on images of stone taken by me and printed on aluminum. The photo is the support, a different kind of jewelry box. The rock remains on the wall like a picture, the climber might go on a hike with you and back home becomes one again with its support.

where: Romantik Hotel Turm – Piazza della Chiesa 9 – 39050 Fié allo Sciliar – South Tyrol

when: from October 6 to November 8

 

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The Lavaters. Brazen-faced!

The uniqueness of face traits lends itself to free interpretation.

The Lavaters is a series of bronze pendants inspired by Johann Caspar Lavater and his studies on physiognomy and the “character heads” by the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

Some of these profiles are displayed in the shop window of the studio in via San Fermo 7 in Milan and visible in the afternoon. The passerby is invited to find a name for the character, to invent a conversation between some of them and to write it on a piece of paper or send it in an email.

This is a chatter and bronze project that will find space on my Instagram page @valentina_romen and will be accompanied by the hashtag #lavaterfaccedibronzo

You too are cordially invited to participate. Scroll down here to discover some of the Lavaters.

where: via San Fermo 7, Milan

when: June, from Monday to Friday, from 2.30 to 6.30 pm and by appointment

 

 

I Lavater, facce di bronzo!

I tratti del viso lasciano spazio alla libertà di interpretazione e si divertono a partecipare alle conversazioni secondo l’ispirazione del momento.

I Lavater sono una serie di ciondoli in bronzo ispirata a Johann Caspar Lavater e ai suoi studi di fisiognomica e alle “teste di carattere” di Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

Da qualche giorno alcuni di questi profili sono esposti nella vetrina dello studio di via San Fermo 7 e visibili il pomeriggio. Il passante è invitato a trovare un nome al personaggio, a inventarsi una conversazione tra alcuni di loro e a scriverla su un foglio o mandando una mail.

Questo è un progetto di chiacchiere e bronzo che troverà spazio sulla mia pagina Instagram @valentina_romen e sarà accompagnato dall’ hashtag #lavaterfaccedibronzo

Invito anche te a partecipare. Passa. Guarda. Scrivi.

dove: via San Fermo 7, Milano
quando: da lunedì a venerdì dalle ore 14.30 alle 18.30 e su appuntamento

 

Johann Caspar Lavater (1741-1801) è stato uno spirito controverso. Teologo e filosofo svizzero, metteva in rapporto il volto e l’animo. Per il pastore zurighese il disegno era non solo un fondamentale strumento di rilevamento, ma anche l’unico mezzo in grado di fondare la fisiognomica come scienza. Nella sua ricerca l’essenzialità delle silhouettes e il semplice profilo del cranio diventano ad esempio sufficienti a determinarne matematicamente il livello di intelligenza.

La fisiognomica di Lavater, interessata a una semiotica del volto, inteso quale specchio dell’anima, incontrava le simpatie di ambiti estetici e letterari, trovando seguaci anche nella frenologia e nell’antropologia criminale di fine Ottocento e di uno scultore d’eccezione come Franz Xaver Messerschmidt che nelle 64 “teste di carattere” traduce un interesse artistico per l’espressione delle emozioni nella sperimentazione estrema, quando una smorfia è in grado di cancellare la stessa individuazione fisionomica.



All that glitters is not gold

Golden spoons? Who puts his knife down on the bronze “Bench” by the jewellery designer Valentina Romen for Adorno, might feel like a little Roi Soleil.

Thank you AD Germany for finding us.

Architectural Digest. Stil, Design, Kunst & Architektur. März 2020