June 12, 2015

Julia Maria Kunnap CV

JM Künnap portreit 2Born September 21, 1979 in Tallinn, Estonia


Graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery Art Department by Prof Kadri Mälk

2004 MA

2001 BA


2006 Artist in Residence, Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewellery, Florence

1999 Complementary studies at Konstfack, Stockholm



2012 Ede Kurrel award for jewellery artists, Estonia

2010 Red Dot design award: winner 2010, Germany

2005 Dr Ruth Reisert-Hafner stipendium for goldsmiths and jewellery artists, Germany

2004 Annual prize of art magazine “”, Estonia

2003 Best animation film (The Penguin Parade), International Panorama of Thessaloniki, Creece

1998 Roman Tavast annual stipendium for young jewellery artist, Estonia


Solo exhibitions


2013 Nubis, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts

2012 …dal Silenzio (with Janna Syvanoja and Castello Hansen), Marijke Studio, Padova

2006 Re-readymade (with Ulvi Tiit), Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn

2003 Tallinn Heat, Masters’ Courtyard Gallery, Tallinn


Participation at international exhibitions since 1999

2015Cabinet de Curiosités, Sabato Lab, Taiwan

2014Endless Closeness, Art Gallery Putti, Riga

Jewellery exhibiton, Renaissance Hotel at Yu Garden, Shanghai

         Distant Relations – Jewelry between East and West, Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai

2013Schmuck 2013, Messe München, Germany*

From The Coolest Corner, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo*

2012Celebration of Flowers, Sterling Gallery, Budapest

2011UltraMarine, Noblessner Foundry, Tallinn, Estonia*

         Dreamscape, AV17 Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Schmuck 2011, Messe München, Germany*

2010 Design on Stage, Red Dot Designmuseum, Essen, Germany*

2008 Just Must, Museum of History, Tallinn, Estonia*

Alchimia, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau*

2007 Mokume gane, Museum of Jewellery Art, Pforzheim, Germany

2006    Chroma, HOP Gallery, Tallinn*

         Twilight, FAD, Barcelona; V&V Gallery, Vienna

2005 Chroma Galerie Le Arti Orafe, Florence*

         In Corpore, 4th Biennial of Contemporary Jewellery, Nīmes, France

         Twilight, A-gallery, Tallinn; Giardano Sonoro Limonaia dell’Imperialino, Florence*

RRH competion, Museum of Jewellery Art, Pforzheim, Germany

II European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery, Museum of Silversmithing, Castle of            Seneffe, Belgium*

         Faberge’ 2005, Museum of Arts, Lahti, Finland

2003 Link to the body, 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Jewellery, Nīmes, France

         Silver 2003 Galeria Sztuki, Legnica, Poland

2002    Faberge’ Arts Foundation, St Peterspurg, Russia

2001 Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmingen, Netherlands*

         TALENTE, International Show of Young Applied Artists, München*

1999 Ornament as a Crime, Kulturhuset, Stockholm*

         * catalogue or printed matter



2003 Of Jewellery and People, a film about the jewellery department of Estonian Academy of Arts: author, director

2002 Animation The Penguin Parade: author, director, art director; Studio Nukufilm, Tallinn


Teaching assignment

2013 Lecture and workshop in Brooklin Metal Works studio, Brooklin, NY

2008 Play (conseptual jewellery project), core project for 3rd year students in Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA)

2007 Conversations with Trees (mythological jewellery and blacksmithing), core project for 1st year students in EAA

Workshop Flags: Estonia, Konstfack, Stockholm

         The tension (conseptual jewellery project), core project for 3rd year students in EAA

2006 The Tree (mythological jewellery and blacksmithing), core project for 1st year students            in EAA

Intensive courses in Alchimia, Florence

2003, 2005 Course of anodizing metals in EAA


Has been supervisior and reviewer of MA works in EAA


Essential Works

2011Exhibition UltraMarine, Tallinn, Estonia (organisation work and catalogue design)

2008 Exhibition Alchimia 10, Hanau, Germany (organisation work, concept of the show and the catalogue, design of the show)

2005 Silverware for Tartu Jaani (St John’s) Church, Tartu

2004 Official chain of rector of Academy Nord, Tallinn


Works reproduced

In Magazines 4/2004; 2/2005; 3/2005; 3/2012

Stiil 1/2003

Maja 1/2003

Eesti Ekspress/ Mimi 19.05.2005

GZ Art+Design 5/2005; 2/2005, Germany


In Books and Catalogues

         Jewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13, Stichting Kunstboek,        Oostkamp, 2012

21st Century Jewelry, Lark Crafts, New York, 2011

         Red Dot: Product Design, Red Dot,Essen, 2010

500 Pendants & Lockets, Lark Books, London-New York, 2008

500 Wedding Rings, Lark Books, london-New York, 2007

Alchimia X, Alchimia, Tallinn-Firenze, 2008

Just Must, Tallinn, 2008

Chroma Monochroma, EAA, Tallinn 2007

Two Close Ones, Tallinn Applied Art Triennale, Tallinn, 2006

Twilight, EAA, Tallinn 2005

Ornament as a crime, EAA, Tallinn 1999

Metall 2, EAA, Tallinn 2004

         Metall 2, EAA, Tallinn 2004


Works in public collections

Estonian Applied Art Museum, Tallinn

Art Hall, Tallinn


Works in private collections

In Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, USA



Estonian native

English good

Understands German, Italian, Russian


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