Mima was one of eight museums to win a share of £75,000 to buy their selected object thanks to Art Fund Collect, an initiative in collaboration with the Crafts Council, aimed at championing contemporary craft and increasing its presence in UK collections.

The Italian goldsmith Marchetti trained at the famous Padua school, and is known as a ‘radical goldsmith’ because of his cutting-edge approach. This playful piece represents a human tongue and is constructed to move as the wearer does. Inspired by the tradition of holy reliquary, this piece relates in particular to St Anthony of Padua.


The artist.

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
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Exhibitions at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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