Robert Baines, Brooch, Post War High Society circa. 1950, 2010, Silver, enamel glass, powder coat, 92 x 92 x 31 Photography: Jeremy Dillon
The new (ab)normal

Robert Baines

The cancellation of Schmuck 2020 annual jewellery survey meant my nomination as the Klassiker der Moderne (Modern Classic) was also cancelled. This was planned to be a retrospective exhibition of 34 works. I was able to participate at that time in Munich in the exhibition The Highly Honoured, Galerie Biró. Invited as speaker, the 51.Schmucksymposium (Zimmerhof) in Haxthäuserhof was cancelled. Another cancellation was the exhibition Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies at the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum in Bloomington. Commencing in June was to be the exhibition Regard d’Australie at the Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer in southern France. This exhibition of Australian jewellers was postponed and to be shown in 2021.

About the artist

Living Treasure: Master of Australian Craft, goldsmith and emeritus professor at RMIT University, Robert Baines’s multifaceted practice encompasses his work as an artist-goldsmith and scholarship in archaeometallurgy.  In 2019 he celebrated Fifty Years a Goldsmith with a five lecture series in a residency at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.