Born in 1972
Lives and works in Paris, France.

Editor of Art Jewelry Forum, 2013
Member of the collective Thinktank, a European initiative for the Applied Arts, since 2009
Member and founder of La Garantie, Association pour le Bijou, 2007

Benjamin Lignel first trained in philosophy & literature, then in art history, at New York University, and finally in furniture design, in London: hence his interest in the functional object, complicated by a penchant for art, and further perverted by sustained exposures to literary works, often momentous, sometimes pertinent.

The particulars of his training (two years of furniture design, and five days in jewellery making) defined the way he initially approached jewellery: concerning himself primarily with notions of function and context of use, and usually working towards self-appointed briefs, whilst one step removed from actual manufacture.

His work consists in an extended family of singular objects: their subject is jewellery and their method consists in occupying the space that separates the a priori destination of jewellery (the body) from its actual preferred playgrounds: the page, the plinth, the top left drawer of your vanity table. His recent work focuses on the operations that frame the production of value in art and contemporary craft, and on the figure of the trophy.

The laws of gravity, or possibly the cyclical nature of one?s interests, have recently been steering him back towards desktop adventures, including, but not limited to, curatorial, associative and writing endeavours. His first curatorial project (in collaboration with Christian Alandete) was also known as jewellery, a touring exhibition of French contemporary jewellery which saw 6 countries before shutting down in 2011. Ben helped program and organize the 44th Zimmerhof symposium (2012) in Germany as well as Bijou(x). Les Pratiques contemporaine à l?épreuve de leur discours (2014) a two-day symposium hosted by PCA, in Paris. Ben has lectured extensively on his practice, and on contemporary jewellery: in England, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China, Germany, Mexico, and France.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Oh Boy!, Four, Gotenburg, Sweden

2013
How do you like me now ?, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

2012
La Disparition, Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2010
Essayage, Galerie Jungblut, Luxembourg

2009
Take me I?m Yours, (with Elene Usdin) Galerie Pierre-François Garcier, Paris, France

2004
Sans-titre, Passage de Retz, Paris, France

2003
Spotlight, Lesley Craze, London, UK


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Medusa, bijoux et tabous, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
HD Treasure, Elisabethstrasse 16, Munich, Germany

2016
Skin, Vicenza Museum of Jewelry, Vicenza, Italy
Chest of Drawers Project, Galerie Phoebus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Typeset, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Golda Meir Library, USA

2015
Erfurter Schmucksymposium 30th anniversary, Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Hanau, Germany
Site 3065 South East Corner, streets of Melbourne, Australia
Beauty of the Beast, Museum Arnhem, The Netherlands

2014
Think Twice, Arocena Museum, Torreon, Mexico
Think Twice, Franz Maier Museo, Mexico
Wordsmith, Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, USA
Différence et répétition, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

2013
Think Twice, Estonia Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Dans la ligne de Mire, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
New Edition, Funaki gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The Wilde Things, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
Think Twice, Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico

2012
Covet, SOFA, New York, USA
Unexpected Pleasures, Design Museum, London, UK
Covet, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, USA
10years-Re:jewelry, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Pékin, China
Ultrabody, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
Unexpected Pleasures, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Trophées, curiosités et autres mauvais genres, Paul-Louis Flandrin Galerie, Paris, France
Think Twice, Estonia Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallin, Estonia
Jewellery Unleashed, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
Under that cloud, Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelone, Spain
Protesi Emotive, Spacio Bernardelli, Mantoue, Italy

2011
Collect Rocks, Plant flag, S O gallery, Londres, UK
Jewellery Unleashed, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, Netherlands
Changing Jewellery by 10, New Values, Berlin, Germany
Under that Cloud, Spektrum Gallery, Munich, Germany
Under that Cloud, Velvet da Vinci, Sans Francisco, USA
Under that Cloud, Manchester Gallery of Art, Manchester, UK

2010
Think Twice, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
Think Twice, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seatlle, USA
Joya, Convent dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain
Klimt02 Collection, MIDO, Tokyo, Japan
Parures et Bijoux, Carrefour des Arts de la Chapelle Urée, Basse Normandie, France
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Ultrabarroco, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico, Mexico
Homeland, Galerie Schumm-Brunstein, Paris, France
Collect (with gallery lesley Craze), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Lingam, Les Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, France
Schmuckszene 10, Section Bijou Contemporaine, Munich, Germany
This Is Another Love Song About Death, Group 6 and Guests, Sopot, Poland
Institut Français, Lisbon, Portugal
Selfridges, London, UK
Lingam, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2009
La Crème, Lesley Craze Gallery, London, UK
Joya, Convent dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain
Outside de box, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
Cure, Hopital Paul Brousse, Villlejuif, France
Lingam, Konstfack Galerie Vita Havet, Stockholm, Sweden
Mâle (Columbia Livia), Musée de la Chasse, Paris, France
Op Voorraad, Huisrechts, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Oratorio San Rocco, Padova, Italy
The Sting of Passion, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Take me I?m Yours, Galerie Pierre-François Garcier, Paris, France

2008
Bijou Contemporain, Espace Solidor, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Senza Confini, Palazzo Giacomelli, Udine, Italy
Flight number Ten, Biennale du Design Saint-Etienne, France
New Play in Art, Jardin de la Fondation Heller, Gardone Riviera, Italy
Sophie Hanagarth / Benjamin Lignel, Galerie Oberlin, Limoges, France
The Diamond Show, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Schmuckszene 08, Section Bijou Contemporain, Munich, Germany
Fonds Permanents, Espace Solidor, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

2007
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Flow Gallery, London, UK
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Galeria Bielak, Cracovie, Poland
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Gallery Stanko, Wroclaw, Poland
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Galleria Hipotesi, Barcelona, Spain
Contemporary Jewellery from Italy, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA

2006
Take Me Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
11. Erfuter Schmucksymposium, Haus zum Güldenen Krönbacken, Erfurt, Germany

2005
Bijou Contemporain, Espace Solidor, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
La Chair des Mots, Espace Solidor, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Bijoux de France, Galerie Noël Guyomarch, Montreal, Quebec
Un Vrai Bijou!, Galerie Artcore, Paris, France

2004
Looking over my shoulder, Lesley Craze, London, UK

2001
Continuous Connection, Felissimo Gallery, New York, USA
Eté 2001 - Défilé Haute Couture, Frédéric Molenac, Paris, France

2000
Modes à Suivre, Musée Galliera, Paris, France


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2014
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

2012
Robertson library, Dunedin, New Zealand

2011
CNEAI, Chatoux, France

2010
Stedelijk Museum Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

2007
Fonds National d?Art Contemporain, France

2006
Fonds Permanent du Bijou Contemporain, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France


EDUCATION

1993 - 1995
MA Furniture Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK

1990 - 1992
BA History of Art, New York University, New York, USA


ARTICLES

2017
?Je t?aime, Moi non plus?, in Contemporary Jewellery in Context: a Handshake Blueprint, Arnoldsche Art Publishers

2016
?Digital Happy?, in Beyond Bling, LACMA
?Fuzzy craft?, Norwegian Craft
?Surging and Hopeful: Jewelry Weeks around the globe? , Art Jewelry Forum

2014
?The Multiple Choice?, pour la catalogue de l?exposition de la collection de bijoux du MUDAC, Lausanne

2013
?Going Greek: a report on the Handshake educational model?, in Handshake
?Le bijou contemporain en France: inventaire des sous-effectifs?, in Dans la ligne de Mire, Musée des Arts décoratifs
?Bread ?n Butter: on value, profit, and engaging with the marketplace?, in Bucks?n Barter

2012
Keeping it pure, keeping it dead, in It Was Like a Fever (RMIT gold and silversmithing graduation catalogue)
Original Copies, in Metalsmith, Spring

2011
Filling the Blank, AJF blog, June
Species of rings : the last show at Hnoss, essay for the Hnoss gallery catalogue
Objects with instructions, in Metadomestic, Landesgalerie Linz

2010
now and never: the currency of contemporary jewellery, in ThinkTank, edition 07
What does it mean to us?, in Grey Area seminar publication, Mexico
CCTV, Klimt02 blog, Spring

2009
Plan B, Klimt02 blog, Summer
If I am fast, will you still love me, in ThinkTank, edition 06

2008
Repeat after me, Metalsmith, Summer

2006
On defining contemporary jewelry, Metalsmith, Autumn

 
ESSAYS

2017
Isabelle Enders, ?Festival?

2015
Manon van Kouswijk, 11 fragments in ?Findings ?

2013
Otto Künzli, ?Das Buch,? in Art Jewelry Forum

2012
Manon van Kouswijk, The Generic and the Singular : Portrait of the artist as a maker, Objectspace

2011
Kiko Gianocca, (not) Your Picture Here, Think Tank, edition 08
A5, Direct Debit, Think Tank, edition 08
Victoire de Castellane at Gagosian Paris, Just what is it that makes today?s art galleries so different, so appealing ?, Art Jewelry Forum

2010
Lin Cheung, Wear Again, Again, Think Tank, edition 07
Lin Cheung, Name : Lin Cheung, Think Tank, edition 07

2009
Atai Chen, The Redundance of Matter, Think Tank, edition 06
Christian Gonzenbach, Safari, Think Tank, edition 06
Ulrike Kämpfert, The Art of w(e)ar, Also Known as Jewellery

2000
Kosuke Tsumura, Final Home, Tribéca
Bless, in Tribéca

CURATING

2017
Scientific adviser to Medusa, bijoux et tabous exhibition, Paris (France)

2012
Associate curator to  Mirror-Mirror exhibition, Cagnes-sur-Mer (France), San Francisco (USA)

2011
Associate curator to Collect Rocks, Plant flag exhibition, S O gallery, London, UK

2008
Associate curator to Also known as jewellery exhibition, London (UK), Roma (Italy), San Francisco (USA), Munich, Idar-Oberstein (Germany), Falkenberg (Suède), Paris (France)


EDITOR

2017
MEDUSA, with Anne Dressen and Michèle Heuzé, Paris Musée

2016
On and Off - Jewelry in the wider cultural field, Art Jewelry Forum, Mill Valley

2015
Shows and Tales, on jewelry exhibition-making, Art Jewelry Forum, Mill Valle

2014
Editor, Art Jewelry Forum Best of Interview, Art Jewelry Forum, Mill Valley
Editor, différence et répétition, la garantie, association pour le bijou, Paris

2009
with Christian Alandete, Also Known as Jewelry, la garantie, association pour le bijou, Paris
with Jorunn Veiteberg, Co-éditeur, Speed - ThinkTank, edition 06, ThinkTank, a European Initiative for the Applied Arts, Gmunden

2001-2002
Editor, Are you Bleeding Yet, monography Ida Applebroog, D.A.P. New York


CONFERENCES

2016
?The Meet? a collectors Round Table, Villa Stück, Munich, Germany

2015
?Opening Night? a professional development project on curation, Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand
?The Münchausen role? a masterclass, Handshake, Wellington, New Zealand
?IF U CN RD THS? a writing workshop, Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand
?Well I like you?but I?m not sure I want to take you home with me? a collectors Round Table, Joya fair, Barcelona, Spain
?Answering questions you did not ask?, New Narrative in Craft seminar, Oslo, Norway
?Intensive Relaxation 101?, an intensive masterclass in the Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn, Estonia

2014
?Exhibitionism(s)? a one-week masterclass, Sint Lucas, Antwerp, Belgium (guests: Christian Alandete, Guillaume Désanges and Anne-Claire Schmitz)
?cinq leçons (d?après Calvino)?, conference at the seminar mètis & Technè directed by Patricia Ribault, ENSBA, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris , France
?Occupation(s): le bijou contemporain dans ses espaces?, conference at the seminar ?Bijou(x) les pratique contemporaines à l?épreuve de leur discours? organized by la garantie, Paris College of Art, Paris, France
?Long live Jewelleronauts!?, conference, Central Saint Martins, London, United Kingdom
?Post-Production: the exhibition?, workshop, Auckland Museum, New Zealand
?Différence et répétition?, conference, Talkfest, New Zealand
?Post-Production: the exhibition?, series of conferences, Napier, Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, New Zealand
?Lift up, patch up and pump up: on exhibiting contemporary jeweller?, series of conferences, Napier (MJT), Wellington (the Dowse), Auckland (MIT), Dunedin (Dunedin School of Art)
?Exhibitionism?, Three-day workshop, Ar.Co / Pin, Lisbon, Portugal
?Fake?,  a four-day workshop, AdBK Nürnberg, Germany

2013
?You are now leaving Switzerland? five daysworkshop,  Sint Lucas, Antwerp, Belgium
?Under the Influence?, conference, Sint Lucas, Antwerp, Belgique
?the exhibition, the statement, the crit? ufour days workshop, AdBK Nürnberg, Germany
?Texts and Pretexts: on a pen pusher?s jewelry practice?, conference, San Diego State University, USA
with Namita Wiggers ?This is not a book: a treat drive through Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (part 1)? , conference, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, USA
with Namita Wiggers ?This is not a book: a treat drive through Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (part 2)? , conference,  University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
with Liesbeth den Besten ?Dissolve and Disseminate! A Discussion on Contemporary Jewelry that Walks, Talks, and Pickets? California College of Arts, San Francisco, USA
?the invention of errors / the invention of invention? four days workshop, AdBK Nürnberg, Germany

2012
Associate organizer of the conference cycle The Public and Private Lives of Jewellery, Zimmerhof, Bad-Rappenau, Germany
Plan Bs and Smoke signals, conference during the symposium Jewellery Unleashed hosted by Premsela, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2011
Keeping it pure, keeping it dead, conference, Melbourne, Australia
Nothing if not critical, Special Panel, SNAG 2011, Seattle, USA

2010
Design et Artisanat, conference during the seminar Le geste comme langage hosted by Patricia Ribault, IRI, Paris, France
The Spreed of Craft, presentation Think Tank Collect publication, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Round-table discussion, What does it mean to us et Jewellery in a truly global context, Symposium Area Gris, Mexico, Mexico

2009
Symposium at Science Museum, Manchester, UK

2008
Associate organizer for Decemberfest / 1ère Edition (AFEDAP), Paris, France
Conference to Middlesex University, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Conference to l?ESAD, Limoges, France

2007
Founding Member of La Garantie, Association pour le Bijou, Paris, France

2006
Workshop, AFEDAP, Paris, France

1999
Semaine folle, External speaker, ESAD, Reims, France

1998
External speaker, RCA, London, UK