Pendant "Ronin", 1978, steel, gold, amethyst, sodalite and ivory
Service 1992, silver, lacquer and gold, on loan from the Museum Ghent
Screen "Groene Berg", 1988, lacquer on wood
Vase "Fleur du Japon", 1994, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, gold and wood

Exhibition: Jean Lemmens in Brussels

The VIZO gallery in Brussels, Belgium, is showing a retrospective of the works by Jean Lemmens from May 7 until June 13, 2004. The jewelry designer, silversmith and lacquer artist will also talk about lacquer in its different applications during a discussion night on June 3, 2004.


Jean Lemmens was born in 1945 and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he became a professor in 1981. Alongside his work with precious stones and silver, Lemmens mainly integrated Japanese lacquer techniques into his work – he is one of the few European masters of this traditional Japanese art. Some objects have up to ten layers of lacquer, which are applied meditatively, dried, sanded and polished. Art nouveau and art deco also have had an influence on Lemmens' work. The striving for beauty and symbolism is present in all of his objects.

Discussion night with Jean Lemmens, VIZO gallery, June 3, 2004: registration required

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VIZO Gallerie Brüssel

Kanselarijstraat 19

B–1000 Brüssel


Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Monday and on holidays