The Schläppi 2200 collection has become a favourite with museums and galleries because of its ability to convey an effortless elegance. Bulgari chose the collection for a section of the exhibition that features motifs of serpents embroidered and detailed in various garments. The matt black mannequins add to the aura of mystique and charm of the display and form a resonating backdrop to the power of the serpent.
Bulgari celebrates the snake motif and acknowledges the long relationship the brand has with the form. Ancient jewels from Pompeii and Naples were displayed alongside contemporary artworks by Keith Haring, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mat Collishaw, Paul Klee, Joana Vasconcelo and Alexander Calder. Pieces from the Bulgari collection dating back to the 1960s illustrate the long connection Bulgari has built up around the serpentine form and shows the evolution of the illustration and use of the motif within Bulgari’s artwork and jewellery.
Photography by Helmut Newton and Robert Maplethorpe along with vintage Italian fashion add to the luxurious display. SerpentiForm was originally scheduled to close on April 10, 2016, but due to great demand, the exhibition remained open until May 8.