Bautier, 314 Chaussée de Forest, 1190 Brussels
Wednesday, September 21, 6 pm

 In the presence of Sisse Bro 

Bautier in Brussels invites all interested parties to celebrate the career of Kai Kristiansen, one of Denmark’s eldest and most industrious furniture designers, on September 21 at 6 pm.

The occasion for the event is the recently published monograph KAI KRISTIANSEN. An Industrious Designer, which for the first time provides an overview of Kristiansen’s more than 70-year career and prolific output. The copiously illustrated biography reveals how Kristiansens basic tenets of economy and ecology influenced the manufacturing processes of the furniture industry outside the spotlight of Copenhagen. Editor of the book and design writer Sisse Bro has worked closely with the designer and introduces his work here while locating it within Danish design history, while Kristiansen himself openly shares his experiences, ideas and visions in a retrospective of his work and life.

Photo: © Jesper Kristiansen

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Esther Brinkmann at Gallery Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam

Alphabets for Rings
9. September 9, 2022—22. October 22, 2022

Rob Koudijs presents the first show with works by Esther Brinkmann in his Amsterdam Gallery.

‘All my rings deal with the space between the ring and the finger, their position on the hand, the room within the construction of a piece, and matters like weight and texture’.

By concerning herself with these themes, she has built up a personal Alphabet of motives and models. The results will never cease to surprise, because she uses both precious metals and iron – she loves working in unruly materials – and she employs a great variation of techniques, ranging from forging and casting, to assembling and knitting. Since she spent many years in China and India, the minimalistic principles that had been the artists guideline for many years – both in construction, finishes and decorative elements – were greatly enriched by her encounter with these countries. All of a sudden colourful, figurative elements popped up, and so are jades and unconventionally cut gemstones, which demanded their spot in the limelight. Brinkmann concentrated in her most recent work on ‘gestures’ encircling the finger. Rings executed in iron turned out to be tough and rugged, occasionally softened by gold components, however the space around a finger was also investigated in fluid shapes build up in precious metals.

We are happy that the first comprehensive monograph on Esther Brinkmann’s work appears just in time to be presented on occasion of the exhibition.

Arne Jacobsen’s Gesamtkunstwerke in Mainz

Gesamtkunstwerke – Architecture by Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling in Germany
Zentrum Baukultur Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz, 13.9.-21.10.2022

The Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen mastered design from the smallest fork to the monumental town hall. Less well known is that he also realized a number of projects in Germany in close partnership with the Danish architect Otto Weitling – a collaboration that set the tone for the development of modernist architectural language. The history of these buildings and their subsequent perception reveals much about their time of origin and the ideas and visions that preceded them – but also about the close connection between architecture, city and politics.

The last station of the touring exhibition in Mainz and the accompanying book published in our program illuminate the work of architects in Germany. Here they have realized projects on various scales: from the bright Arne Jacobsen Foyer in Hanover to a group of residential buildings in Berlin’s Hansaviertel, the City Hall in Mainz, the Christianeum in Hamburg, the HEW high-rise in City Nord, and urban development projects such as the Forum Castrop-Rauxel or the vacation resort on the island of Fehmarn: here German-Danish architectural history becomes visible.

The exhibition opening will take place on 13 September 2022, 7 pm at the Zentrum Baukultur, Mainz.

Further information on the project can be found at:

Photo: Mainz City Hall, © Hendrik Bohl

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Eleanor Moty at the Racine Art Museum

Quiet Elegance: The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty: Exhibition and book launch
Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin (US), 17 August 2022–28 January 2023
Book launch and signing: Friday, 2 September, 5:30 p.m.

Whether referencing the landscape or architecture or both, metalsmith Eleanor Moty creates distinctive jewelry that poetically encompasses both wearer and viewer. Moty first gained recognition in the 1960s and 1970s for using cutting-edge fabrication techniques—such as electroplating and photo-etching—in adornment. She shifted her focus toward including stones in her work and the large-scale brooches she has been creating over the last couple of decades exemplify her dialogue with the “linear imagery” of quartz stones.
In essence, Moty’s elaborate and time-consuming process begins with finding the right stone—which a stonecutter has modified—and building from there. The artist engages with the tone, shape, and features of her chosen stone. Preferring brooches to other forms of jewelry, she remarks on their relatively self-contained nature: “Brooches needn’t be worn to be complete … Not having to fit the piece to the body … I can concentrate on the sculptural aspects.”
Moty has been applauded for her many contributions to the field, including a 28-year teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—in a department she helped develop into one of the most well-regarded in the country.
Featuring over 35 works, including several from the Racine Art Museum’s holdings as well as recently finished pieces, the recent exhibition owes not only its name, Quiet Elegance, to the recently-published monograph on the artist. It also follows a similar arc to the book in representing Moty’s working career to date—over 50 years of making.
The publication Quiet Elegance: The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty appeared in 2020 in our program and is available either through our webshop or also at the RAM Museum Store – and naturally in all fine bookstores.

Book launch: EYES AS BIG AS PLATES 2

Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (USA)
Tuesday, September 13, 6 pm 

Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen will present the second volume of their remarkable art project Eyes as Big as Plates at the bookstore Rizzoli.

The two artists explore in their since 2011 ongoing project the relationship between humans and nature. To this end, they have traveled the world and created portraits of fifty-two people in diverging landscapes. The sensitively shot photographs open up new aesthetic worlds full of playful effortlessness that convey a strong message: We are nature!

To register for the event, click here.

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Exhibition and Book launch: BABETTO

Giampaolo Babetto, Sala della Ragione, Comune di Asolo, 7 May–24 July 2022
A unique retrospective on the occasion of the 55th jubilee of the Paduan universal artist Giampaolo Babetto. Exhibited are over 60 pieces of jewelry, silverwork, furniture and various other objects.
As part of the Biennale del Gioiello d’Autore, ORIZZONTI D’AUTORE. TRA VISIONI E MATERIA.

May 7, 3:00 p.m.
Sala Consiliare, Comune di Asolo
Award Ceremony Archeometra Prize for the Lifetime Achievement of Giampaolo Babetto

May 21, 3:00 p.m.
Sala Consiliare, Comune di Asolo
Book launch of BABETTO. The Entity of Being / L’Entità dell’Essere/ Die Einheit des Seins.
With contributions by Fred Jahn, Friedhelm Mennekes, Andrea Nante and Thereza Pedrosa.
In the presence of Giampaolo Babetto and the authors.

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Book launch Thorvald Hellesen

Villa Eckbo, Oslo
Monday, May 2, 2022, 12.30–15.00

In a short but intense life, Norwegian artist Thorvald Hellesen has created a unique oeuvre. Although he is considered Norway’s first cubist, his works have remained largely unknown.

It was during his stays in Paris in the early 1910s that Hellesen first encountered Cubism. Here he became part of La Section d’Or, a group of artists who further developed the Cubist revolution of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, placing more emphasis on the use of color and new perspectives. Many of the most of these Cubists were associated with La Section d’Or, including Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, František Kupka and, last but not least, Hellesen’s close friend and inspirer Fernand Léger.

The publication is presented at Villa Eckbo in Slemdal (Oslo). Designed by Arnstein Arneberg, the villa once belonged to Hellesen’s close friends and patrons Alice Mary and Eivind Eckbo. It is a private residence, and this is the first time the public has been invited to enter Hellesen’s studio and see the artist’s work in this historic setting.

The publication Thorvald Hellesen. 1888-1937 was produced thanks to the generous support of Eckbos Legat. This charitable foundation aims to contribute to making the works of Thorvald Hellesen accessible to a broader public.

– Welcome: Richard Arnesen, Eckbos Legat
– Contributions by: Dirk Allgaier, arnoldsche Art Publishers, Matthew Drutt, author, and Ingvild Krogvig, curator of the Hellesen exhibition to be shown at the National Museum Oslo in 2023.
– Guided tour of Hellesen’s studio by Dag Blakkisrud, author and editor of the publication

Villa Eckbo, Kristianiasvingen 55, Oslo, Norway

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Jewelry + Image

GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig (DE), 5.5.2022–25.9.2022
Opening: Wednesday, 4.5.2022, 7–10:30 p.m.

Almost unnoticed, a collection of contemporary jewelry has grown in the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig (DE), over the last decades, which is now coming into the public eye. The objects attest to the gradual emancipation of jewelry design as an autonomous form of artistic expression. But what are brooches, rings, and necklaces without one to wear them? Jewelry can only be realised on the body, as a representation of the self and/or as a symbol of perception to the outside world.

Thus, it is only logical to understand people and jewelry as a unity, and to photograph them with ‘their’ piece of jewelry. Personalities who are connected to the museum in various ways are ‘adorned’ and brought into the frame by aspiring and established photographers. In the exhibition, the pieces of jewelry correspond with the photographic works, making possible a deeper and more mutual perception.

The lavishly designed publication marking the exhibition appears in our program.

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Viceversa: Silke Trekel in Lausanne

Ryungjae Jung – Esther Heite – Silke Trekel
Viceversa, Lausanne (CH), 12.2.-12.3.2022
Opening: 12.2.2022, 16–18 Uhr

The Viceversa Gallery in Lausanne presents three positions in artistic jewelry and shows the work of Korean Ryungjae Jung alongside works by Esther Heite, Wuppertal, and those of Silke Trekel, Halle (Saale).

The three positions are united by their radicalism with regard to the way they make their jewelry, which is reflected in both the formal expression and the technique used. The ornament finds a special simplicity in rings and necklaces, pendants and brooches. Be cordially invited to discover the extraordinary positions of these three jewelry artists.

The wonderful publication Ornament in Transition 2021 has been published on the work of Silke Trekel in our program.

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Image: Silke Trekel, Zwischenraum (pendant), 2021, Titan, Gold, 78 x 76 x 3 mm

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Book launch: Ceramic Art in Portugal

Gallery Jorge Welsh, Lisbon (PT)
Friday, February 11, 2022, 5:30 pm

Jorge Welsh, Luísa Vinhais and Pedro Moura Carvalho request the pleasure of your company for the book launch

Unearthed: Twentieth-Century Ceramic Art from Portugal
À Roda: Cerâmica de Autor em Portugal no Século XX

by Pedro Moura Carvalho

The book launch at Gallery Jorge Welsh will include a conversation on the topic between art historian Rita Gomes Ferrão, researcher and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, Victor dos Reis, and the author.

English and Portuguese editions will be available.

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