During the seventies jewellery in Poland was made using heat, and it abounded in ornaments. Joachim Sokulski preferred conscious creation, construction and purity of form. Precisely he calculated the weight of an object, its inner proportions, taking into consideration its human background, which made him one of the pioneers of machine style. He introduced modern materials, tools and technology, the first to do so even outside Poland, stating that any material can be used to create jewellery.
Joachim Sokulski’s work is presented in numerous publications and decorated with many national and international awards and commendations, and the collections of his work found place in prestigious museums and galleries (the Jewellery Museum in Forzheim, Germany, the Museum in Glivice, Poland, the Museum of Goldsmiths’ Art in the city of Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, the only museum dedicated exclusively to jewellery).
The “Before and After” exhibition is a retrospective of Joachim Sokulski’s work. Long ago, in 1973, the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade hosted an exhibition by a young artist who had just made his first steps upon the international jewellery stage. Today, more than thirty years later, we have before us old works and new – what was BEFORE and what came AFTER.