Where do I begin? This was my first trip to Munich to attend the Schmuck contemporary jewelry fair which was held March 13-18, 2014. This special exhibition is the oldest exhibition of contemporary jewelry works in the world. It has taken place since 1959 during the International Handwerk & Design Trade Fair, a large fair featuring all artisan professions of products made by hand. There is actually no English translation for handwerksmesse, for it even includes hand labor professions such as construction and garden work. In fact, upon entering the fair, I thought I was at the wrong event, full of uninteresting mainstream commercial booths. But towards the back of the first pavilion, I found the Schmuck (German for jewelry) area.
The Handwerkskammer organizes the special shows Exempla, Talente, Modern Masters and Schmuck at the International Handwerksmesse München. More than 552 jewelry artists from 43 countries around the globe applied to participate in the annual Schmuck show this year. The selection for 2014 was made especially interesting thanks to the many new exhibitors nominated by the curator Jorunn Veiteberg, a Norwegian art historian who lives in Copenhagen. A total of 66 participants from 25 nations were invited to exhibit.
The winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize (named after the art historian and original fair organizer) awarded on Saturday were Iris Bodemer from Germany, Akihiro Ikeyama from Japan, and Noon Passama from Japan, who lives in Holland.
I am impressed to find the exhibition catalog available online. I am not so impressed with the organizer’s website, nor the off-site location map which was only available if you purchased a 10 euro newspaper called Current Obsession. The publication looked interesting, but I just wanted a map, so I snapped a photo of it with my phone!
In addition to this curated exhibition of selected jewelry artists, there was the Talente section, dedicated to young jewelers under 35, as well as some contemporary jewelry galleries with booths, and a jewelry publication area, as well as numerous events around town of which I will post about later.
For the most part, photography was not allowed in the fair unless it was a long installation shot, but everyone was sneaking photos. With the fair lighting, reflections, and getting asked not to take photos, several seen in this post are from the catalog (for photo credits see the 2014 catalog link); I prefer not to show the work in a poor photo taken by me! and Here are a few of my favorites from the main Schmuck 2014 exhibit. I was greatly interested in work that involves use of found objects with reference to some sort of memory.
Achenbach Anne, Deutschland | Alm Tobias, Schweden | Aso Sawa, Japan | Barklund Rut-Malin, Schweden | Bauhuis Peter, Deutschland | Beck Nicole, Deutschland | Blank Alexander, Deutschland | Bodemer Iris, Deutschland | Bouman Bas, Niederlande | Cho Sungho, Korea | Chun Eunmi, Korea | Cole Kat, USA | Annette Dam, Dänemark | de Jong Rian, Niederlande | Deakin Laura, Australien | Deckers Peter, Neuseeland/NL | Derrez Paul, Niederlande | Dixon-Ward Bin, Australien | Dobler Georg, Deutschland | Eichenberg Iris, NL/USA/D | Fekete Réka, Ungarn | Fischer Benedikt, Österreich | Fukuchi Kyoko, Japan | Godglück Antje, Niederlande/D | Gut Andi, Deutschland | Hackenberg Gésine, Niederlande/D | Hecker Cecilia, Argentinen | Hedman Hanna, Schweden | Ikeyama Akihiro, Japan | Johansson Karin, Schweden | Kanafani Mareike, Dänemark | Kessler Beppe, Niederlande | Kleine-Behnke Ulrike, Deutschland | Konishi Jun, Japan | van Kouswijk Manon, Niederlande/Aus | Kristensen Marie-Louise, Dänemark | Kruger Daniel, Südafrika/Deutschland | Lee Dongchun, Korea | Marsland Sally, Australien | Massey Sharon, USA | Minegishi Yutaka, Japan/Deutschland | Norton Shelley, Neuseeland | Nuutinen Maria, Finnland | Paap Kristi, Estand |
Passama Noon, Thailand/Niederlande | Peters Ruudt, Niederlande | Peterson Lina, Großbritannien | Polentas Nicole, Australien | Pond Jo, Großbritannien | Pont Alba, Spanien | Reulecke Tabea, Deutschland | Rodriguez Patricia, Argentinen | Saabye Mette, Dänemark | Seufert Karin, Deutschland | Sophocleous Despo, Kanada/Deutschland | Straube Christoph, Deutschland | Sun Jie, China | Taguchi Fumiki, Japan | Talbot Anna, Norwegen | Tiemroth Sabina, Argentinen | Torkos Karola, Deutschland | Vanmol Karen, Belgien | Veit Gabi, Italien | Wagner Andrea, Niederlande | Weichsberger Florian, Deutschland/I | Yeh Wen-Miao, Taiwan