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Karl Fritsch at Galerie Zink

Ruby Gold, Galerie Zink, Seubersdorf (DE), 12.9.–18.10.2020
Opening weekend: 12.–13.9.2020, 14.30–19.00 Uhr

German artist Karl Fritsch belongs to the International avantgarde in the field of artistic jewelry. Trained as a goldsmith and studied with Otto Künzli and Hermann Jünger, he is renowned for his daring works that disregard all conventions of traditional jewelry. His treatment of materials and forms disrupt the jewelry world. He would pierce a multi-carat diamond with a laser and fix the gemstone to a gold ring using an old, rusty nail. He would build extravagant and flashy rings with common materials like aluminium and synthetic stones. He engraves “Fuck off” on an antique Byzantine ring.

Through elaborate processes, Fritsch creates jewelry and sculptures that exude a playful lightness. They often have a sense of improvisation and an almost childlike fascination of the unexpected. Karl Fritsch is the darling of the artistic jewelry scene and his works are not only worn, but also on display in many museum collections and his rings are in demand as collector’s items.

By pushing boundaries beyond what is conventionally associated with “jewelry,” the artist explores the eccentric, creating a profound expression of individuality. One of a kind, like the person wearing it!

In accompaniment with the show at Southern German Gallery Zink, the artist and the gallery have also produced an exquisite catalogue of the artist’s works that appears in our program.

From October 17 we are excited to expand the show with photographs by Amsterdam based artist Paul Kooiker, a leading figure in conceptual photography in Europe. Both shows will be held until December 20.

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Enric Mestre in Antwerp

Modern Shapes Gallery, Antwerp (BE), 10.9.–4.10.2020
Opening: Thursday, September 10, 5 p.m.

The Antwerp Modern Shapes Gallery is happy to present the minimalist yet intimate work of Spanish artist Enric Mestre. These past years we’ve seen the artistic ceramics regain popularity and how clay has been reclaimed by contemporary artists as a means of artistic expression. This has had a liberating effect on the whole scene and increased visibility on an otherwise often marginalised mastery.  Enric Mestre is well known as one of the masters that helped pave the way to consolidate the artification of the medium.

Through dedication and commitment he pushed the technical boundaries of this demanding yet humble. As one of the important artists of the Spanish school, his name is mentioned in one breath, together with artists likes Jorge Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida.

Enric Mestre’s sculptural objects seem sober, almost austere. But appearances can be deceptive: these objects have an immense poetic force that looks right back at the beholder. His sculptures command the imaginary and forces a contemplative state.

A comprehensive publication on his work appeared just recently in our program.

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Image above: Stoneware sculpture, 1995, 50 x 135 x 40 cm

Gunnar Gundersen Jan Kokkin Sorlandets Kunstmuseum Ausstellung Exhibition

Exhibition Gunnar S. Gundersen

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO), 4.9.2020–24.1.2020
Opening: 27.9.2020

The Southern Norwegian Sørlandets Kunstmuseum presents the work of Gunnar S. Gundersen (1921–1983), one of the most important post-war artists in Norway. There, in the 1950s and 1960s, he gave significant impulses for the development of non-figurative and concrete painting. He formulated his own style in the 1960s: works with a strong coloring, for which he was inspired by science fiction novels and atomic fission. From then on, Gundersen is considered one of the few concrete artists in Scandinavia.

Gunnar S. Gundersen showed his work during his lifetime in about 20 exhibitions, partly public, partly private. Among the important stages of his career are the design of the façade of the Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (1950), the design of the Kirkelandet Church, Kristiansund (1964), and his work for various school buildings. Like many Norwegian artists, Gundersen’s involvement with applied art and the artistic decoration of public buildings is an important part of his work.

The comprehensive monograph written by Jan Kokkin appeared recently in our programme.

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Image above: Gunnar S. Gundersen 1960, photo: © Kjell Sten Tollefsen / BONO 2020

Kadri Mälk arnoldsche Hunt Leib Talinn Estland Book launch August 2020

Kadri Mälk – Hunt:

Book presentation at restaurant Leib, Tallinn (EST), 30.8.2020, 6 p.m.

Kadri Mälk presents her publication HUNT: (an ambiguous term that works in English, just as it means “wolf” in Estonian), in which she focuses for the first time on her own collection of contemporary artists’ jewellery. Since jewellery is meant to be worn, not only are the pieces staged on paper, but her artist colleagues also pose in portraits next to or with the favourite pieces.
Here, the hunting wolf becomes the collector’s symbol, the objects of desire clearly appear as lifesaving prey. But as with all metaphors, care must be taken in their interpretation: For while the wolf’s successful hunt ends with the death of its prey, the transition of the jewellery in Kadri’s collection is like a transition to a new form of being. The presentation of the objects in the book, as they are worn on the bodies of friends and companions, once again brings the jewellery to life.

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Header image: Beata Ratsanik wears
Ruudt Peters, Hun, hong tai yang, 2013
Brooch: bluestone, silver

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Young-Jae Lee – Spinach Bowls

Galerie Greve, Cologne (DE), 19.6.–29.8.2020
Booksigning: Friday, 21.8.2020, 5–7 p.m., Young-Jae Lee and Dr. Nadine Engel, Folkwang Museum, Essen (DE), will be present

Galerie Karsten Greve is pleased to present ceramics by Korean artist Young-Jae Lee in Cologne. On display are one hundred and sixty Spinach Bowls – dining and drinking bowls created over a period of almost twenty years. This series of works originated from her delving into the history of the tea bowl. The small, bulbous jars have their special aesthetic appeal due to their diverse glazes.

Born in Seoul in 1951, Young-Jae Lee moved to Germany in 1972, studied in Wiesbaden and ran her own workshop near Heidelberg. Since 1987, Young-Jae Lee has been head of the long-established Margaretenhöhe Ceramics Workshop in Essen. With Bauhaus principles serving as a guide, the ceramic artist is striving for perfection in the formal idiom and color range as used by her workshop in Essen. At the same time Young-Jae Lee questions the traditions and reception of Korean ceramics.

Trends in Korean ceramics influenced the development of Japanese ceramics and porcelain. In the 16th century, the golden age of Korean ceramics, Korean ceramists produced their own drinking and dining bowls exclusively as tea bowls for the Japanese market, thus supporting the development of an excellent new ceramics culture. Inspired by the masters of the Joseon dynasty (139–1897), Young-Jae Lee created her own aesthetically pleasing and simple pieces. She adopted the shape of the traditional Korean ceramic bowls and redefined it for her own drinking and dining bowl – the Spinach Bowl.

Presented by Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne, Young-Jae Lee comes across as an artist who is a mediator between Korean and Japanese, Asian and European culture, whose works merge the ancient tradition of Korean ceramics with modern art Specifically European in character.

The publication Das Grün in den Schalen provides not only an overview over the delicately produced bowls, but also insights into the tradition of Korean ceramic making.



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Karoline Hjorth Riitaa

Exhibition Earth, Wind, Fire, Water

Galleri F 15, Moss (NO), 16.6.–4.10.2020

Earth, Wind, Fire, WaterNordic Contemporary Crafts is the 44th edition of the exhibition series Tendenser (Tendencies) at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. For nearly fifty years, Tendenser has been one of the leading platforms for contemporary craft in the Nordic region. First presented in 1971 as an annual exhibition highlighting Norwegian practitioners, Tendenser has since expanded to a biennial format, incorporating trends from across the Nordic countries.

This year’s exhibition is curated by Randi Grov Berger and brings together seventeen artists and artist groups from the Nordic countries who uses their craft, their tools, and their deep material knowledge to address pending environmental issues. Acknowledging the powerful interdependence between humankind and often overlooked materials and organisms, many of the presented artworks evoke the fragility and transiency of our earthly existence by way of components that alter, dry up, or decay throughout the exhibition period. Others reflect holistic ecological practices, implementing material collaborations to connect with the surrounding environment, with a piece of land, or with the material itself.

The artists featured in Earth, Wind, Fire, Water each explore the potential of materials and the elements to co-author artistic works; to participate in and at times control the process and outcome. Encompassing biology, geology, and cosmology, their practices confront a longing for a deeper connection to the earth. They challenge our perception of materials, of the so-called natural world, and of ourselves.

In collaboration with the Nordic Network of Crafts Associations.
Supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.

A short teaser film gies a first impression of the exhibition: https://vimeo.com/429567393
[Courtesy by Nordic Network of Crafts Associations and Galleri F 15, Moss (NO)]

Artists: Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS), Ebba Bohlin (SE), Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (Sámi/NO), Alma Heikkilä (FI), Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen (NO/FI), Guðjón Ketilsson (IS), Kasper Kjeldgaard (DK), Stian Korntved Ruud (NO), Ivana Králíková (CZ/SE), Valentin Manz (DE/NO), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sámi/SE), Pekka Paikkari (FI), Louise Sidelmann (DK), Brynjar Sigurðarson & Veronika Sedlmair (IS/DE), Ida Wieth (DK), Hedvig Winge (NO), Charlotta Östlund (SE/FI)

A publication with eight text contributions and numerous illustrations of the works in the exhibition will be available from August 2020.

Earth Wind Fire Water Randi Grov Berger Nicolas Cheng Camilla Groth Ánne Márjá Guttorm Graven Jessica Hemmings Jenni Nurmenniemi Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir Nina Wöhlk Nordic Contemporary Crafts Nordic Network of Crafts Associations Galleri F 15 Tonje Kjellevold

Jacobsen Nordic Design Bröhen Annen Museum

Nordic Design in Lübeck

St. Annen-Museum, Lübeck (DE), until 23.8.2020

Nordic Design deals with Nordic countries’ reaction to the Bauhaus and the German modern age. The late 1920s saw a new design form celebrating its first successes across the Nordic countries. Finland’s singular living conditions had an equal influence on the new design vocabulary alongside the postulate formulated in Sweden: ‘Beauty for everyone’, or the Danish preference for handicrafts.
The respective characteristics of the Nordic countries gave rise to a highly autonomous interpretation of functionalism. It was not the avant-garde form that stood in the foreground, as was very often the case in Germany, but the tailored solution to any given task. Through this, Scandinavian functionalism succeeded in becoming the constant that defined the identity of the Nordic nations.


The exhibition is now on show at St. Annen-Museum, Lübeck, Northern Germany. To mark the exhibition a comprehensive catalogue has been published in our programm.

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Beitragsabbildung: Arne Jacobsen, SAS Royal Hotel in Kopenhagen, 1955–1960
Historische Aufnahme, © Jørgen Strüwing / Fritz Hansen

Mourning for Dr. Fritz Falk

We mourn for our author and friend Dr. Fritz Falk, the former director of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.

Fritz Falk began his career in 1969 as a research assistant at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim and became its director in 1971. Antiquity, Renaissance and Art Nouveau were the major fields of his passionate collecting activities, while contemporary jewellery was always a special concern of his. He curated numerous internationally renowned exhibitions on historical and contemporary jewellery and on the jewellery of the cultures of the world. The Ornamenta I in 1989, as a complete show of the international jewellery creation of that time, was one of the highlights of his endeavours. In 2004 the “Falk era” at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim came to an end after 35 years. Nevertheless, he remained dedicated to jewellery, continuing to curate important exhibitions and, together with our publishing house, issuing groundbreaking publications, such as Jugendstil-Schmuck aus Pforzheim in 2008, Serpentina – Die Schlange im Schmuck der Welt in 2011 or Himmlisch – Sonne, Mond und Sterne im Schmuck in 2016. Fritz Falk was an honorary member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths London and consultant to the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg. He was a jury member at numerous international competitions of modern jewellery art as well as at art and antiques fairs in Amsterdam, Basel, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg and Munich. Fritz Falk died in the night of April 23, after a short serious illness.

The picture was taken at the book presentation Serpentina in November 2011, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.


Special Offer Gemstone / Art

Our publication Gemstone / Art. Renaissance to the Present from 2016 offers a unique overview of the significance of gemstones in art from the Renaissance to the present.

At all times, gemstones have been richly charged with attributions, they were even considered magical objects. While the cabinets of curiosities of the late Renaissance still bore witness to the artistry of nature, the precious stones themselves finally became the motif of art. Particularly impressive is the poetic exploration of the crystalline form in Romanticism and Modernism, from Caspar David Friedrich to Lyonel Feininger.

In the second half of the 20th century, the artists Bernd Munsteiner, Ute Eitzenhöfer and Bernhard Schobinger succeeded in expanding the expressive possibilities in studio jewellery through the contemporary treatment of precious stones. However, even artists like Damien Hirst cannot escape the fascination that these colourful gems emanate.

More than 300 illustrations testify to the diversity in the handling of gemstones. Expert articles by internationally renowned authors place the positions in their historical context and discuss design and reception.

This wonderful publication is already completely out of print. However, the Jakob Bengel Foundation in Idar-Oberstein still has a remaining stock of books. You can order them there for the special price of EUR 35,– (instead of EUR 49,80) plus shipping costs.

Please send your order to the following e-mail address: info@jakob-bengel.de


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We are happy to present two publications in the realm of SCHMUCK Munich:


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Contemporary Jewellery in Portugal
Friday, 13.3.2020, 10:30 a.m.
Jewellery artist and author Cristina Filipe will present her comprehensive publication


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HUNT: Kadri Mälk’s Jewellery Collection
Saturday, 14.3.2020, 12 noon
Estonian jewellery artist Kadri Mälk will give an indroduction to her own jewellery collection


All events in English language;
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Galerie Handwerk
Max-Joseph-Str. 4, 80333 Munich

Due to recent occurences: The originally planned presentation of Sam Kramer: Jeweler on the Edge had been organized together with the Art Jewelry Forum (AJF). Due to the spread of the Corona virus / Covid-19, the members of the AJF have cancelled their trip to the Munich Jewelry Week and with it all program events. This book presentation will not take place.




Under these unusual circumstances, with exhibitions, galleries and our favourite book shops closed – and whilst we are all recommended to maintain social distancing – we think our beautiful art publications could be the perfect way to get through this uncertain period.

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