Keramik der Gegenwart BdK Baden-Württemberg Schloss Ludwigsburg

Keramik der Gegenwart – Ceramique actuelle

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (DE)
24.5.–10.6.2019, opening: 23.5.2019, 7 p.m.

Curated by Doris Bank, ceramicist, Miltenberg (DE), and Dirk Allgaier, publisher, Stuttgart (DE).

The Association of Art Craftsmen [BdK – Bund der Kunsthandwerker] Baden-Württemberg presents works by top-class renowned ceramic artists in Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in 2019. This year, Switzerland will be the host country of the popular ceramic biennale. For the exhibitors, the venue itself was a source of inspiration for new works: In the Baroque period, from which the Ludwigsburg Palace dates, the Lapidarium was used to winter the delicate potted plants and the huge stone sculptures from the park. The original figures still stand in the rooms today and thus offer an exciting backdrop in which the contemporary ceramics are now staged.

Thoelke Bärbel Baerbel Schwenkguss Arnoldsche

Exhibition: Bärbel Thoelke

Keramion, Frechen (DE), 19.5.–28.7.2019
Opening: 19.5.2019, 11:30 a.m.

The renowned exhibition centre KERAMION in Frechen (DE) shows the manifold works of the German porcelain designer Bärbel Thoelke, who was born in Stralsund and lives in Berlin. KERAMION thus honours the artist on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

With her work, the designer continues the successful tradition of modernism and functionalism from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. She remains deeply attached to the legacy of the Bauhaus, which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of its foundation. On the one hand, she designs functional serial products for important manufactories, on the other hand, she creates impressive unique pieces in which the manufacturing process remains visible and perceptible.

A monograph of Bärbel Thoelke with a detailed text by Hans-Peter Jakobson has appeared in our programm.

Bärbel Thoelke Porzellan KPM Schwenkguss Meissen DDR

Sverre Bjertnæs Bjertnes Bjertnaes Nervous Fluids Oslo exhibition painting installation sculpture

Exhibition: Sverre Bjertnæs

Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg (NO), 27. 4–8.11.2019
Book launch: 28.4.2019, 1 p.m. 

The Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, presents a comprehensive retrospective of the contemporary Norwegian artist Sverre Bjertnæs: beginning with the works of the early 1990s, when the 16-year-old became a student of Odd Nerdrum, following his career to his current works, which include paintings, installations and also film production. In the courtyard of the museum you will find also monumental sculptures. On the day after the opening of the exhibition, a new play by Arne Lygre will also be performed as part of the exhibition.

Sverre Bjertnæs’s motifs include the painterly investigation of psychological tensions between the individual and the collective. He also addresses taboo political themes. The use of literary and artistic references creates a striking polyphonic dramaturgy.

In his work, Bjertnæs repeatedly and existentially questions the origin of the creative process. For this he works in a very dialogue-oriented way: immanent in his work, by establishing references to other works of art, or in a lively exchange with other artists, directors, actors or authors. He uses the space for action opened up in this way for interreligious, ethical and even conflict-laden discussions. Hence Bjertnæs’s enduring collaboration with the artist and curator Bjarne Melgaard is invaluable. Melgaard has curated a show with Bjertnæs’s works at the Gallery Maccarone in New York that was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top ten exhibitions of 2011.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue raisonné (in Norwegian and English language).

arnoldsche Sverre Bjertnæs

annamria zanella brooch

Exhibition: Annamaria Zanella

Between Matter and Color
Oratorio San Rocco, Via Santa Lucia, Padua (IT), 18.5.-30.6.2019, opening: 17.5.2019, 6:30 p.m.
Book presentation in the Museo degli Eremitani, Sala del Romanino, Piazza Eremitani, Padua: 17.5.2019, 5 p.m.
Annamaria Zanella was once inspired by the blue pigments used by Giotto (around 1300) to colour the sky in his frescoes. He created fabulous pieces of jewellery that bring the depth and breadth of the firmament back to earth, to humankind. They are part of the extensive exhibition that will take place in Padua from 17 May.
The recent publication on the artist’s work will be presented at the Museo degli Eremitani, right next to the Cappella degli Scrovegni with its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, in the preliminary to the opening of the exhibition.

Annamaria Zanella poetry material arnoldsche



Bauhaus Stoff 205 Grassi Arnoldsche

Exhibition: Bauhaus_Saxony

GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig (DE), 18.4.–29.9.2019, opening event 17.4.2019, 6 p.m.

On the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary, the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig presents for the first time an overview of the work of Bauhaus artists in Saxony.

100 years ago, Saxony was already a center of the furniture and textile industry, which played an important role in the serial production and dissemination of important Bauhaus designs. The GRASSI Museum itself plays a special role in the Bauhaus movement in Saxony with the windows developed by Josef Albers and the in-house GRASSI fairs, which have provided an important forum for the exhibition of Bauhaus products since 1919.
The exhibition at the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig follows in detail the traces that the Bauhaus builders left behind in Saxony and the products that could be manufactured through the innovative power of the Saxon industry of the time. With numerous originals: works of art, furniture, fabrics, lamps, silverware and ceramics, the GRASSI Museum once again shows the manifold manifestations of the Bauhaus.

Of course, GRASSI does not ignore the Bauhaus masters, from Wassily Kandinsky to László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee to Josef Albers, but it also focuses on artists born or working in Saxony, including Marianne Brandt, Otti Berger, Grete Reichardt, Hajo Rose and Franz Ehrlich. But the special exhibition also includes contemporary artists with their reflections on the Bauhaus anniversary: artist Judith Raum dedicates an installation to a repressed chapter of the Saxon textile industry. Textile designer Katharina Jebsen had several Bauhaus materials rewoven for this purpose. Martin Furtwängler presents the announced but never published second Bauhaus graphic folder. Oskar Rink dedicates his work to the continuation of Bauhaus pictorial spaces, to name but a few.

A comprehensive publication comprising 85 contributions by 50 authors on 22 locations in Saxony appeared in our program to accompany the exhibiton.

arnoldsche Bauhaus Sachsen Grassi Leipzig

oskar schlemmer arnoldsche gotha

Oskar Schlemmer in Gotha

Oskar Schlemmer  Das Bauhaus und der Weg in die ModerneStiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha (DE), 28.4.–28.7.2019, opening event: 27.4.2019, 2 p.m.

The universal artist Oskar Schlemmer represents the claim to overall design of modernity like no other. The painter, graphic artist, stage designer, sculptor and choreographer combines these different forms of expression in order to develop a humanistic vision of the future in which people find a harmonious unity with society changed by technical innovations. The Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha now presents the first solo exhibition on Oskar Schlemmer in Eastern Germany.

Supplementary works by László Moholy-Nagy, Andor Weininger and Wassily Kandinsky impressively demonstrate the artistic horizon of the time.

You are invited to discover Oskar Schlemmer’s imaginative power and immerse yourself in the Bauhaus movement in his company. The Gotha show focuses in particular on Schlemmer’s work of the 1920s and 1930s, his time at the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus. Schlemmer’s theme of a repositioning of humankind in a society that is transforming itself and is conditioned by technological developments is almost topical: in the age of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, we have to face these questions anew.

The publication Oskar Schlemmer. Das Bauhaus und der Weg in die Moderne will appear in our program just in time for the opening of the exhibition.

Oskar Schlemmer arnoldsche Bauhaus

Exhibition: Simply Danish

Øregaard Museum, Hellerup / Copenhagen (DK), 7.2.–21.6.2020

The successful exhibition on Danish silver jewellery, which had previously been shown at the GRASSI Museum Leipzig and the Bröhan Museum Berlin, is now on show at the Øregaard Museum, Hellerup. Various pieces of jewellery from the collection of Monika and Jörg Schwandt will be on display, enabling visitors to trace the development of silver design in Denmark. Thus the material value of jewellery recedes at the beginning of the 20th century (under the influence of the world wars and economic crises) and design becomes the decisive criterion for the only aesthetic evaluation of jewellery. At the beginning of the century, Danish jewellery design was still dominated by ornamental motifs inspired by nature, but modernism led to a departure from representationalism, with clear lines and geometric forms increasingly dominating the design. In the second half of the 20th century, the energetic play of light on the highly sculptural, decoration-free forms became the defining feature of Danish silver jewellery.

The collector and author Jörg Schwandt presented Simply Danish, a comprehensive and visually stunning publication on Danish silver in general, and on his outstanding collection in particular.

Gerhard Munthe The Fairy Tale Room

Travelling exhibition Gerhard Munthe

The travelling exhibition Gerhard Munthe – Fairytale Interiors of the Norwegian National Museum has embarked on its journey: The first stop will be the Romsdalsmuseet in Molde until  May 19, 2019.

One of the most famous works by the Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe is the Fairytale Room in the Holmenkollen Turisthotell. It is probably Norway’s first complete work of art. Gerhard Munthe developed a comprehensive design from the wall frescoes to the door and window frames and the furniture. In 1896 he made the first drawings, which the wood carver John Borgersen then put into practice.

Unfortunately, the hotel, which had been traditionally built of wood, was completely burnt down in 1914 and only a few pieces of furniture and early photographs could be saved.

A comprehensive overview of Gerhard Munthe’s life and work can be found in Jan Kokkin’s publication, which appeared in 2018 at Arnoldsche.

Exhibition: Schmuckismus

Exhibition: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich (DE), 16.03–16.06.2019

In 2019, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum invited Karen Pontoppidan (born 1968), the renowned Danish jewelry artist and Professor of the Jewelry and Hollowware Class at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, to curate the annual jewelry exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne.
The exhibition titled SCHMUCKISMUS showcases works by 30 international jewelry artists under the Pinakothek’s glass dome. Included are works from recent years, as well as one piece by each artist designed and produced especially for the exhibition. All the objects on show share and stand out for their engagement with and exploration of social phenomena. Pontoppidan’s concept was born out of the deep conviction that the rigid political and religious “–isms” of our day require careful review.

Artists: T. Alm (SE), Y. Aydin (TR/SE), D. Bernadisiute (LT/SE), B. Brovia (IT/SE), C. Castiajo (PT), N. Cheng (HK/SE), E. Chun (KR/DE), S. Cohen (IL), I. Eichenberg (DE/US), C. Gimeno (AR), D. Hakim (IL), S. Hanagarth (FR), S. Heuser (DE), H. Hedman (SE), M. Iwamoto (JP/DE), H. Joris (BE/US), S. Khalil (LB), M. Klein (DE), G. Kling (SE), N. Kuffner (DE), B. Lignel (FR), J. Matzakow (DE), N. Melland (NO), N. Scholz (DE), K. Spranger (DE/GB), G. Stach (DE), V. Touloumidi (GR/DE), T. Tuupanen (FI), J. Yang (CN/DE), P. Zimmermann (AT)

You may find more infomation on the accompanying publication Schmuckismus here on our website.

Exhibition: Gisbert Stach

Jewellery and Experiment, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein (BKV), Munich (DE), 01.03.–13.04.2019

Beginning with jewellery and its proverbial timelessness, Gisbert Stach experiments with processes of transformation, transience and revaluation: pieces of jewellery are worked into asphalt, dissolved in acid or used as targets in knife-throwing performances. Ground amber serves as a pigment to give brooches the deceptively real look of schnitzels.
In his twenty-five years of working as a silver- and goldsmith, Gisbert Stach expanded the notion of jewellery to include other media such as photography, video and performance.

The publication on Gisbert Stach’s amazing work already appeared in our programme.

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