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

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Book launch Gunnar S. Gundersen

Galleri Haaken, Oslo
Book presentation: May 27, 2020, 11 a.m.

In the Norwegian gallery Haaken author Jan Kokkin presents the first complete biography of Gunnar S. Gundersen (1921–1983). Gunnar S., as he was called by most, was 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: He creates works with a strong coloring, for which he was inspired by science fiction novels and atomic fission. Along with Richard Mortensen in Denmark and Olle Bonniér and Olle Bærtling in Sweden, 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 recently opened Galerie Gunnar S. in Høyanger, Sogn og Fjordane, shows the artist’s multifaceted oeuvre. A major exhibition of his work will also open in autumn 2020, together with a selection of other Nordic artists, at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand.

Please register at the Galleri Haaken, either by telephone: 951 04 704, or by email: fredrik@gallerihaaken.com; your contact person is Fredrik Nergaard.


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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.


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Bauhaus in Darmstadt: Book launch

Faculty of Design, Darmstadt (DE)
Sunday, 16.2.2020, 11 a.m.

The University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Faculty of Design will present Gestalt und Hinterhalt. Das Bauhaus im Spiegel der Mathildenhöhe [Form and Attack. A
Reflection of the Bauhaus in the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt]: Mathildenhöhe is known, above all, for its artists’ colony
established in 1900, with its prominent Wedding Tower,
designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich, and adjoining exhibition
building, an impressive example of Jugendstil architecture
in Germany. It was from there that numerous professional
and personal relations among various Bauhaus protagonists
The authors Justus Theinert and Kai Buchholz trace the links between the two institutions and follow the key figures from the beginnings of Mathildenhöhe to the post-war era.

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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;
hosted by
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.

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Jiro Kamata: Exhibition and book launch

Galerie Biró, Munich (DE), 28.1.–15.2.2020
Book launch: Sunday, 26.1.2020, 5 p.m.

Last fall Jiro Kamata opened exhibition VOICES opened at the Alien Art Centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. At the same time his first comprehensive monograph was published in our programme. On occasion of the exhibition of some selected works at Munich gallery Biró, Kamata will present the book and report on his exhibition in Taiwan, to give further insights into his oeuvre.

A special edition will be available for the book presentation at Galerie Biró:
10 limited copies of Jiro Kamata: Voices numbered and signed, with a handmade cover and including a jewelry made of a camera lens.

Space is limited, so please register beforehand:
zobel@galerie-biro.de or by phone +49.171.1917819

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Seladon in Zürich

Celadon in Focus

Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich (CH), 24.11.2019 – 22.11.2020
Opening: Sunday, 24.11.2019, 11:30 a.m.

Since the ninth century, the province of Zhejiang, China, has been known for its fine celadon porcelain with its wonderful shimmering surfaces in magnificent shades of blue and green. The golden age of Chinese celadon lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, when it found its way into the imperial collections and was exported worldwide. This craftsmanship then declined, almost completely died out by the end of the nineteenth century, and was not successfully revived until the 1950s in state-owned factories. A first young generation of ceramists, including some females, have now come of age. Some of these ceramists have successfully aligned themselves, under the seal of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and within the Chinese cultural heritage system, as nationally acknowledged masters due to their unparalleled celadon glazes. They are all glaze enthusiasts, always in search of the perfect celadon. The exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich presents the contours of a frame of reference within which this community of ceramists negotiates the valuation of their celadons today.

The exhibition is marked by a publication that appeared just recently in our programme.

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Otto Prutscher at the MAK in Vienna

MAK – Museum for Applied Art, Vienna (AT), 20.11.2019–17.5.2020
Opening: Tuesday, 19.11.2019, 7 p.m.

Otto Prutscher (1880–1949) was a designer and architect, teacher, and member of all the important Austrian arts and crafts movements—from the Secession to the Werkbund.

He was one of the first students of the School of Arts and Crafts in Vienna. Being taught by Josef Hoffmann and the painter Franz Matsch clearly left its mark on Prutscher’s designs: this is evident in both their high-quality draftsmanship and their constant alignment with prevailing architectural trends.

Prutscher’s oeuvre comprises over 50 buildings, almost 50 exhibitions, some 170 interiors, 300 interior designs, and more than 200 pieces and sets of furniture. His designs were executed by over 200 companies, above all the Wiener Werkstätte and manufactories like Backhausen or Augarten.

70 years after Prutscher’s death, this exhibition explores his complex creative work and his role in the development of Viennese Modernism. The show ath the MAK in Vienna was inspired by the collector Hermi Schedlmayer’s generous gift of 139 designs, objects, and furniture by this universal designer.

The lavishly designed publication on Otto Prutscher appeared in our programme.

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Lukas Salzmann in Zurich

Lukas Salzmann: Sehen sehen
Stiftung Kunstsammlung Albert und Melanie Rüegg, Zurich (CH), 14.11.2019–8.2.2020

Vernissage: Wednesday, 13.11.2019, 6 p.m.

Lukas Salzmann in conversation with Rudolf Velhagen and Simon Maurer: 15.1.2020, 7:30 p.m.



Lukas Salzmann’s paintings are not only based on photographs, rather they are the triggers of his artistic work. He expands by a painterly dimension what someone considered so valuable that he or she captured it photographically. Salzmann explores perception and challenges it with his art. He plays virtuously with the conditions of the possibilities of image interpretations. A serious game – because this interpretation (also a double one, that of the painter and that of the viewer) opens up fields of tension between a vivid idyll and unavoidable catastrophe. And it is precisely these ambivalences, ambiguities, insecurities that Lukas Salzmann’s painting is geared to. He clarifies the uncertainties that should actually make us safer: Ultimately, however, we are only safe in insecurity.

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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