To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Serpenti collection, Bvlgari has launched six exclusive bags in collaboration with three contemporary artists. Sungwoo Kim, Zhou Li, and Sophie Kitching put their creative vision and unique craftsmanship into accessories. The collection was created to show the deep connection between the mythical serpent and the sacred world of art.
Korean artist Sungwoo Kim depicted his symbolic dodo birds, which represent freedom and happiness, on the bags. The calfskin bag is presented with two different animations. The daytime version of the accessory is decorated with a dodo bird, which is surrounded by lush green foliage of the morning forest. And in the evening model, Sungwoo Kim described how the main symbol of his work soars through the night sky among the iconic eight-pointed stars.
Chinese artist and sculptor Zhou Li reinvented bags in a different language with her lyrical abstract paintings. The combination of blue and pink tones from the series “Landscape from Nowhere: Water and Dreams”, dedicated to the theme of freedom and hope for mankind, is carried over to one of the accessories. The second work, an interpretation of the painting “Forest”, sings about the power of nature itself and the endless cycle of life. The bag symbolizes the romantic atmosphere of the forest and Chinese landscape paintings that its creator is so fond of. The rich texture of the accessory is created by gold embroidery and precious applications.
33-year-old American artist Sophie Kitching applied her conceptual approach to two animations of the Serpenti Forever top-handle bags. She focused on snakes’ ability to morph quickly and be binary, so her accessories reflect opposites: day and night, inner and outer. The artist transferred recognizable strokes reminiscent of flowers, petals and leaves to the light and dark background of the bags.
Earlier, Bvlgari introduced a new collection of Monete jewelry pieces. The launch is timed to coincide with the opening of the brand’s hotel in Rome. We talk about it in more detail here.