Exhibition view, COLLECT, 2015, the Saatchi Gallery, London, photo: Juno Snowdon The last of 17 filled-out questionnaires has just landed in my inbox, and once again, I marvel at the availability and professionalism of the organizers of jewelry events (which will be abbreviated as “JEs” in the rest of this article) around the world: All […]
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Soup/No Soup, 2012, Grand Palais, Paris, during which the artist transformed part of the Grand Palais into a huge, twelve-hour banquet serving only Tom Kha soup, photo: Marc Sanchez “In reaction against commodification in the art world, the relational paradigm read art in terms of its audience relations. The artist was no longer
Exhibition view, Germany’s Upcoming Talents—GUT, 2016, work in foreground by Nadja Soloviev, Galerie Biró Junior at Galerie Royal, Munich, photo: Benjamin Lignel Art Jewelry Forum has just published three reviews, one video, and four Best of articles dedicated to Munich Jewelry Week (MJW): That adds up to eight pieces of writing, out of the roughly
For the past 27 years, Galerie Marzee has held an annual show of graduate work from jewelry departments around the world. This year, 33 schools are represented. The amount of work Marie-José van den Hout, owner of the gallery, puts into assembling the show—year after year—is astonishing. She sees all the work in person and, when she can, actually visits each school to make her choices. This translates very little in the way of sales. Now, that is either very foolish, or an extremely passionate conviction about the need to show young jewelers’ work. She obviously believes that she is providing an important service to the whole field by assembling this show. Thank you, Marie-José, for your tireless efforts.
Susan Cummins: How long have you been doing the graduate show at your gallery?
Marie-José van den Hout: I began organizing the graduate show in 1987, when the gallery was still in the building on Ganzenheuvel. I started by showing graduate work from the departments of silversmithing, 3D design, and jewelry from only a few Dutch academies: Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem, and Maastricht’s Stadsacademie voor Toegepaste Kunsten. The exhibition has now grown into a major event and this year we are showing jewelry and some vessels by 74 students from 33 schools in 18 countries around the world.
Who received your Marzee prize this year? Where are they from?
Marie-José van den Hout: This year six graduates were awarded the Marzee Graduate Prize 2014. Their work really stood out to all of us here at Galerie Marzee, and we look forward to seeing how their work continues to develop as they begin their careers in the field of contemporary jewelry. As Marzee Graduate Prize winners, they will each be invited to participate in a workshop, Atelier Ravary, at the Ravary Estate in Belgium.