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.

Book launch #material4.0

The  Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen cordially invites you on Sunday, 24.02.2019 at 16:00 to the current exhibition #Material4.0 at the Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen for the launch of the publication that accompanies the exhibition. We are delighted that the artists Manfred Mohr, who will be coming from New York, and Florian Model will also be present. Both artists are represented in the exhibition and Manfred Mohr also contributed a text to the publication.

The publication #material4.0 documents and expands the exhibition at the Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen with text contributions. The title reflects the interaction between the virtual world and physical-real space. Based on the omnipresent concept of industry 4.0, the exhibition examines how computer-induced automation and digitization are reflected in the art context. How does art production change from real and analog production to a virtual environment? How is this kind of material handled, how is it used to place artistic ideas and questions? A total of 13 artists, mainly from the generation of digital natives, have been invited to participate, complemented by historical positions by pioneers of digital art.

A glass of champagne will be served as a welcome drink.

Franz Bette: Red X Thread

Exhibition at Alien Art Centre, Kaohsiung (TW), 15.2.–23.6.2019

Franz Bette has been considering matters of design and critically examining the composition of jewellery, especially its conceptual and artistic formulation, for over 50 years. Born in the middle of Germany, his thinking and his work are anchored in European culture. For the exhibition at ALIEN Art Centre and for the new audience in Taiwan, he has developed a body of work which internalises his experience in Asia. For this he allows new elements to intervene in his artistic approach. His Western-influenced vocabulary of metal has been expanded by materials with Asian connotations, such as porcelain, bamboo, wood and textile. He works with these materials aware of the tradition and meaning anchored in the Asian culture; however, in examining and appropriating them, Franz Bette goes his own way according to his purpose or his intuition.

This exhibition is organised by the ALIEN Art Centre in collaboration with the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt a/M., Germany, curated by Dr. Sabine Runde, Senior Custodian, Curator of Applied Art from the Middle Ages to the Present at the Museum Angewandte Kunst. Exhibits are loaned from the Artist, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim and Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany.

The accompanying publication is designed by Vier5, France – the visual designer of the 14th Kassel documenta – printed and published just recently in our programme.

SwissCeramics: Fantasy Island

Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona (CH), 10.02.–21.04.2019
Vernissage, Sunday, 10 February 2019, 11.30 a.m.

The Swiss Ceramics Association presents the juried art exhibition Fantasy Island.

44 ceramic artists from the different regions of Switzerland will show their new work, made exclusively for this exhibition. The theme Fantasy Island was chosen because the Kunst(Zeug)Haus has a vast and unique collection of “Robinson Crusoe” texts.

Daniel Defoe’s novel, which is considered to be the very first adventure book, celebrates the 300th anniversary of its publication in 2019.

In addition to the juried works, a selection of student work from the School of Visual Arts Bern/Biel, L’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Appliquées de Vevey and L’Ecole d’Arts Appliqués de Genève will be on display.


Arnoldsche publisher Dirk Allgaier was a member of the jury.


Artists: Christine Aschwanden, Valérie Alonso, Bettina Ammann, Suzy Balkert, Joëlle Bellenot, Simona Bellini, Esther Bleiker, Marie Bornet, Fabien Clerc, Grazia Conti Rossini, Rita De Nigris, Esther Dietwiler, Sonja Duò-Meyer, Monique Duplain, Séverine Emery-Jaquier, Mélissa Fahrni, Lynn Frydman Kuhn, Zsuzsanna Füzesi Heierli, Estelle Gassmann, Lea Georg, Gabrièle Gisi, Laure Gonthier, Noémi Handrick, Regula Hauser, Nathalie Heid, Felix Hug, Quitterie Ithurbide, Paul March, Claire Mayet, Verena Meier, Stefanie Montagna, Müller -b-, Noémi Niederhauser, Charlotte Nordin, Aschi Rüfenacht, Laurin Schaub, Maude Schneider, Anja Seiler, Nicole Siron, Josette Taramarcaz, Charles Tercier, Helene Weiss, Katharina Werner, Marianne Wesolowska-Eggimann

Book launch David Huycke

On Sunday 27 January you are cordially invited to the book presentation DAVID HUYCKE. Risky Business. 25 Years of Silver Objects, published by the collectors Piet & Nadine Salens-Kegels, in the venue of atelier lachaert dhanis, in Tielrode, Belgium.

David Huycke is a true virtuoso, an artist with exceptional talent; recognized worldwide as the silversmith of this century. With astonishing craftsmanship he seeks the physical limits of the precious metal silver. His work can be seen in the Design Museum Ghent, Röhsska Museum Gothenburg, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris. In 2010 he obtained a doctorate with the project The Metamorphic Ornament: Re-Thinking Granulation, a practice based research on the contemporary artistic relevance of the ancient technique of granulation.

Welcome from 10 am for a coffee.

The book launch starts at 11 am with an introduction (in Dutch) by Piet Salens.
Have your book signed by David Huycke and enjoy a ‘risky’ aperitif offered by Piet and Nadine Salens-Kegels.

You will find a more detailed information about the book here on our Website.

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