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Schmuck 2010: A Report


Schmuck 2010, held in Munich from March 3

9, 2010, was the center of five fever-pitched days of jewelry and adornment. Over 30 exhibitions were presented citywide, representing a variety of countries, academic programs and individual studio jewelers.

Schmuck
Installation detail, Schmuck 2010
Adam Grinovich
Adam Grinovich, Necklace: Function & sense #1: Function 1, 2008, leather, polish, iron, 500 x 105 mm
Melanie Bilenker
Melanie Bilenker, Necklace and brooch, 2008, gold, ebony, resin, pigment, hair
Kristel Timmermans
Kristel Timmermans, Granny brooch, porcelain, BAGEXPO
Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding
Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding, Forbidden fruit, silicon, plastic, gold-plated silver
Iris Eichenberg
Iris Eichenberg, Flowers and birds of Michigan, 2010. Image by GALERIE SPEKTRUM

Saturday March 6, 2010

John Iversen
John Iversen, Cutting free armband, 2009, sterling silver, gold, 190 × 70 mm

We were directed to an old foundry in the heart of city, a welcome destination and escape from the snow. The old foundry was gritty and seemed to be slightly ‘cleaned up’ to accommodate the Dialogue 8 exhibition. The work was casually laid out on strips of brown paper on top of worktables. Each artist was identified by brightly colored paper signs bearing their names. The exhibition was a response to a project that was seeded by Helen Carnac (Britain) three months before the opening. Carnac provided the participants with a series of gifts and asked them to create work inspired by the gifts.

Dialogue 8
Installation view, Dialogue 8 exhibition
Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders, Airborne snotty vase, 2001, polyamide, 150 x 150 x 150 mm

Sunday March 7, 2010

On the final day of programming, I decided to spend much of the day exploring. I went to the Pinakothek der Moderne and focused on the Danner-Rotunde, an outstanding collection of contemporary studio jewelry curated by Karl Fritsch. It is probably one of the most outstanding permanent collections of international work that I have ever witnessed. The jewelry was displayed in a large, arching subterranean gallery and in peculiar clusters, as if to create a forced association between each piece of jewelry.

Danner-Rotunde
Danner-Rotunde installation, curated by Karl Fritsch

Schmuck is a much different event than what is experienced stateside at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference. Unlike SNAG, the majority of programming that surrounds Schmuck are independent events in response to the exhibition at the Trades Fair. In addition, Schmuck does not present any formal lectures, outside of the Herbert Hofmann Award presentations. Both events are a mechanism to generate discourse.

We must continue to share the works and the makers on a global level. In the age we live in, it is nearly impossible to not see work that is happening around the world.

Author

  • Doug Bucci is an artist and educator in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. He designs original jewelry pieces using CAD and cutting-edge production processes, such as rapid prototyping, and has worked as a CAD/CAM/RP consultant and designer for several national companies since 1995. He teaches at The Tyler School of Art at Temple University and the University of the Arts, both in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in many publications, including Metalsmith, American Craft and the 500 Series from Lark Books.

    Doug Bucci is an artist and educator in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. He designs original jewelry pieces using CAD and cutting-edge production processes, such as rapid prototyping, and has worked as a CAD/CAM/RP consultant and designer for several national companies since 1995. He teaches at The Tyler School of Art at Temple University and the University of the Arts, both in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in many publications, including Metalsmith, American Craft and the 500 Series from Lark Books. His jewelry is held in the Design Museum in Helsinki, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, Germany and the Philadelphia Historical Society.

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