A recap of our experience in Munich Jewellery Week 2015

On March 11, 2015 Art gallery Putti went to Munich to visit events in Munich Jewellery Week 2015. We were there for three days and visited many different events, galleries, exhibitions, as well as met with our friends from contemporary jewellery world.

Munich Jewellery Week is a great opportunity for jewellery artists, galleries and different organizations representatives to meet each other, show others their works, plan future collaborations and arrangements, as well as to network and meet new talents.

It also involves the Handwerk & Design 2015 fair during which visitors were able to visit booths of many craftsmen and jewellery artists. This fair was also the location of Schmuck 2015 exhibition. It is a contemporary jewellery forum that enjoys a worldwide reputation as an international exhibition and has been held since the year 1959. Many of the works on display have been created by young goldsmiths, frequently still at the apprentice stage of their career, as well as by established and well-known jewellery designers. For Schmuck 2015 there were selected 63 artists from 23 different countries out of 620 applications sent from all over the world. It was a beautiful exhibition, which was very well put together; full of quality works and fresh ideas. We really enjoyed it and appreciated the work of organisers and the jury who chose the artists.

The range of events and exhibitions was very wide – we counted close to 100 events happening in Munich from March 11 to March 17. Therefore it was quite difficult to choose which ones to visit during the three days we were in Munich. At the end we were very happy with our choices, leaving with a feeling of fulfilment and a sensation that we have been in Munich for more than a week rather than only three days, due to how much we have seen. Exhibitions surprised us with the fact that so many of them had thoughtful and striking scenography built around the jewellery. The way the jewellery is presented really helps a lot in the process of comprehending it, especially when there are so many exhibitions to visit in such a short time.

We would like to highlight the best experiences we had (please keep in mind that we saw only a part of all the events):

  • Pedro Sequeira, Martin Papcun, Junwon Jun and Merlin Klein in “Jewellery and more” – this event was full of deep concepts and philosophical thoughts. Pedro was expressing an idea by different mediums, like objects, works on paper, photographs, texts, sculptures etc., but one had to take a closer second look to understand that things are not what they seem to be from far away. Junwon engaged us with a very aesthetic jewellery that came to be its basic core – function. Martin works with memories by creating jewellery from ashes which come from important documents.
  • “This is so contemporary” with Joohee Han and others were giving an interesting spin on how to put on a display for exhibition pieces. Old-school furniture was given a new life in the exhibition and the information papers definitely gave the “this is so contemporary” feeling as well.
  • Bubble land” with ten contemporary jewellery artists (Bench 886) from Taiwan was the highlight of our first day – we saw some really fresh ideas in a lively scenography, leaving us with a very positive aftertaste.
  • “MAD Exhibitionists” – we were pleasantly surprised by a group of eight master students of Object & Jewellery of the Mad-Faculty in Hasselt, who presented a sneak preview of their master projects by walking around all events and surprised with mixing exhibitions with exhibitionism. They were dressed in grey coats which were opened for viewers to see their work. We saw bold ideas (for example, a brooch made of syringes) presented in an engaging way. We are excited to see what comes next from MAD Exhibitionists.
  • “From the coolest corner” was a big exhibition with a wide range of Nordic jewellery artists. This event exuded quality and gave us a good feeling of what Nordic countries are able to give to the contemporary jewellery world.
  • “Senseability” showed us how many different artists can exhibit in a small room and still manage to present it in an appealing way. We found some true gems in this bunch!
  • Akiko Kurihara in “Mobius” showed us an interesting spin to jewellery – it can be incorporated with magic! Illusions and tricks that make you question what you see were combined with delicate work in Akiko`s beautiful and whimsical pieces.
  • As always, we were left laughing and smiling all day long after meeting with Reka Lorincz and seeing her works in “GBJ Projekt 3”. Her pieces tend to be colourful, crazy and witty, and she definitely did not disappoint. In this exhibition we also saw the beautiful and mystical jewellery from Flora Vagi.
  • In “Lux is the dealer” we saw some big names from the art jewellery field – and it really was a quality affair – everything from the jewellery itself to the striking scenography, to the location of the building – in the middle of a park.
  • We ended our second day on a very light note – visiting “The Light side”, which was located in a puppet theatre, everything was completely dark, and visitors were given small lamps that were attached to their heads. A movie was playing, popcorn was popping and people were laughing while looking at the pieces that were created for one purpose – for viewer to have fun!
  • Another striking example on how to exhibit was seen in Villa Stuck – “GlAmour”. Beautiful, old building with an interesting a rich history, with an old, historic interior hosted the works placed in plastic boxes in bright colours – this contrast was a great base for the beautiful pieces.
  • “Answering Pravu” was the last exhibition we saw and it left us thinking for a long time on our way home. A philosopher (Pravu) and seven artists have joined in a dialogue – philosopher asks a question and artists answer this question by creating a piece which serves as an answer. Then Pravu writes feedbacks on what he thinks of these answers and asks a new question, and so it goes on. We saw three questions from the philosopher and three answers from each artist. This is still an ongoing project and it has been going on for already three years – each question – answer exchange lasts a year, which gives an idea of how deep are the concepts behind the created works. We thought this would be an amazing way how a teacher could have a project with its students – an ongoing dialogue where everyone learns something new about themselves and the conversation partner.

We would like to express our thank you to all the organisations and media which offered a wide range of information on the events in Munich Jewellery Week 2015 and made it easier to find what we were interested in, as well as navigate us in the streets of Munich.

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