Bruno Martinazzi, pioneering jewellery artist and scholar, died in Italy in July at the age...
Design since 1900
Grassimuseum for Applied Arts, Leipzig (DE), 02.06.—07.10.2018...
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (NO), 8.6.2018–2.9.2018
Bruno Martinazzi, pioneering jewellery artist and scholar, died in Italy in July at the age of 94.
Arnoldsche Art Publishers mourn Bruno Martinazzi, who was one of the founders of the auteur jewellery movement with his outstanding works in gold. He was a goldsmith and sculptor, chemist, psychologist and religious scholar. Two monographs have been published by our publishing house and his works are illustrated in numerous of our anthologies.
We are honoured to be able to contribute to the fact that his life's work can be appreciated even after death.
Design since 1900
Grassimuseum for Applied Arts, Leipzig (DE), 02.06.—07.10.2018
Danish design is inextricably linked to the famous design icons of the twentieth century. Danish designers from Kaare Klint, to Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton have shaped the product and housing culture of entire Generations - especially in the second half of the twentieth century. The fact that this era was preceded by equally important designers, artisans and internationally respected tendencies is rarely discussed. But it is precisely the Skønvirke, the name of the Danish expression of the Art Nouveau, which created the basis for modern Danish design. The outstanding representatives of this style, Thorvald Bindesbøll and Johan Rohde, are therefore given special attention. The view of the tendencies in Art Déco and Functionalism is also exciting. At the latest, however, after 1945, "Made in Denmark" has established itself as an international trademark.
Danish, and, in the broader sense, Scandinavian design has been exemplary since then and is still the epitome and expression of a timeless yet modern life style. The exhibition at the Grassimuseum Leipzig is based exclusively on its own stock and is supplemented by the jewelry collection Schwandt. This can be seen with jewelry of renowned jewelry designers who complete the picture and still throw their own spotlight on the Danish jewelry development of the 20th century.
Accompanying the exhibition a comprehensive publication appeared in our programme.
Part of the exhibition is the New Schwandt Collection, comprising 170 objects of 20th century Danish silver jewellery. The lavishly designed book Simply Danish appears in our programme. It is written by Jörg Schwandt, one of the leading experts in this field.
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (NO), 8.6.2018–2.9.2018
Although Gerhard Munthe (1849–1929) is probably best known as a painter, his most original, important contributions were in the areas of design and interior decoration.
In 1891 Gerhard Munthe said that Norway’s national industry did not incorporate any uniquely Norwegian pattern, but had borrowed everything from somewhere else. This “drew my attention to industry”, Munthe said, and he went on to create over eighty different designs for wallpaper, textiles, porcelain and graphic art. He later expanded his repertoire to encompass furniture, silver, book bindings, illustrations, typefaces and bookplates.
The exhibition is the largest presentation of Munthe's design and craft since 1917, with 250 works showcasing his comprehensive efforts as an artist for the industry.Co-curator Jan Kokkin published a comprehensive, lavishly designed monograph on Gerhard Munthe in our programme.
The new autumn programme is out now!
Our new publication Handmade in Germany presents exceptional
manufacturers, craftspeople and designers who combine high-quality handicraft with sustainable production methods. In keeping with the social trend of
rejecting mass production under poor conditions in far-off parts of the world, it thus brings about a rethink in consumer behaviour.
Alongside sociopolitical visions, such an approach calls for much artistic creativity, artisanal expertise and experience in dealing with the respective
The common theme running through this year’s autumn programme is individual mastery, over the centuries and across the continents: from the object and jewellery design of today, via sculpture and miniatures in ivory and porcelain, historical lace and artefacts from outside of Europe, to contemporary graphics, photography and installation art.
With our autumn programme we very much wish to contribute to the strengthening of authenticity in art and design, to cultural diversity and to a self-understanding that art, crafts and design are key factors in shaping our social reality.
We hope you enjoy reading our new preview. You can find information about the individual publications and other, significant new releases here.
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna (AT), 16.05.–23.09.2018
With its wide-ranging jubilee exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, the MAK is drawing attention to the history and significance of the second-oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe. Founded in May 1718 when the imperial privilege for porcelain production was granted to Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory set new aesthetic standards over the following decades. Some 1,000 objects from the holdings of the MAK as well as national and international collections offer a formidable overview of Viennese developments in the context of Asian precursors and European competitors.
The MAK has housed the legacy of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory—under imperial ownership from 1744 and closed in 1864—and has been dedicated to researching porcelain since its founding years. With examples from all eras of production, the legacy provides an overview of some 150 years of porcelain production in Vienna. Viennese porcelain production covered a wide spectrum of ceramics: from dinnerware sets and vases to clocks, from high-quality porcelain sculptures to scenic and floral miniatures, from porcelain paintings with cobalt blue and gold decorations in relief to large-format porcelain pictures with floral still lifes.
The exhibition 300 YEARS OF THE VIENNA PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY presents the latest research findings with as yet unpublished documents on major works by the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, such as the porcelain room from the Palais Dubsky in Brno (ca. 1740) and the centerpiece from Zwettl Abbey (Vienna, 1767/68). Both the “Dubsky Room”, one of the first rooms to be decorated with European porcelain, and the centrepiece from Zwettl Abbey are on permanent display in the MAK Permanent Collection Baroque Rococo Classicism, designed by Donald Judd.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication 300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Rainald Franz, with texts by Rainald Franz, Andreas Gamerith, Michael Macek, Errol Manners, Waltraud Neuwirth, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, A. Philipp Revertera, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Ulrike Scholda, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Leonhard Weidinger and Johannes Wieninger.
The American artist Marjorie Schick (1941–2017) was one of the pioneers of avant-garde auteur jewellery. She regarded the body as a "living sculpture" and constructed sensational and large jewellery sculptures from various materials. In addition, her jewellery refers to 20th century abstract art, especially Constructivism and Pop Art.
A wonderful new film by Bill Youmans about Marjorie Schick with numerous of her interviews and sensitive statements from companions can be found here:
Information on our comprehensive monograph from 2007 on this extraordinary jewellery artist with brilliant, large-scale illustrations of selected objects, contributions by jewellery experts with a fully illustrated catalogue of works can be found here.
30 Years Gold and Silversmiths' Craft Trust in Schwäbisch Gmünd
Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE), 15.04–28.10.2018
Impulse is the name of the exhibition with which the Gold and Silversmiths' Craft Trust Schwäbisch Gmünd celebrates its 30th anniversary from April 15 to October 28 in the Silverware Museum Ott-Pauser. In the thirty years since its foundation, the Trust has initiated numerous projects to promote the art of gold and silversmithing. In addition to exhibitions, competitions and acquisitions, this also included the establishment of a city goldsmith. Since 1989, a total of 15 renowned city goldsmiths have made guest appearances in Schwäbisch Gmünd on the occasion of this award. Together with works by this year's 16th city goldsmith, the exhibition brings together 70 pieces. The spectrum includes jewellery as well as hollowware and ranges from the traditional enamelled brooch to unconventional necklaces made of the most diverse materials. From classic candlesticks, coffee and mocha services to vessels that plumb the boundaries of metal casting. Although individual and designed in their time, the term Zeitgeist is lost in the works: in addition to quality and creativity, they bear witness to timeless beauty. The exhibits come from artists, private and museum collections, including in particular pieces acquired by the Trust for the collections of the Gmünd Museum. In addition, works from workshops, posters, books and other documents convey the intensity of the foundation's activities over the past three decades.You will find all information on the accompanying catalogue on our website.
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau (D), 25.2.–3.6.2018
Ebbe Weiss-Weingart (b. 1923 in Nuremberg), from Salem at Lake Constance, the international pioneer in art jewellery, is now on show at Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, near Frankfurt/Main. Experiments with structured surfaces in gold and base materials, as well as work on jade and precious pearls, make up the focus of her creations.
Ebbe Weiss-Weingart is one of the pioneers of international studio jewellery. For over seventy years she has enriched the contemporary jewellery scene with her diverse works. Her inception in the 1950s and 1960s with structured surfaces and galvanised sculptured pieces will never be forgotten. Alongside figurative motifs – here, in particular, portrayals of humans and animals – she also created pieces with an ironic and quirky touch. In her last phase of creativity, which began in the 1990s, she had a penchant for working with jewellery made from Chinese jade reliefs. Around 200 illustrations of jewellery objects and previously unpublished photographic material document the award-winning work of Ebbe Weiss-Weingart and expand on her hitherto unknown accomplishments.
Accompanying this exhibition you will find a comprehensive catalog on Ebbe Weiss-Weingart’s work in our programme: EBBE WEISS-WEINGART. 70 Jahre Schmuck.
Emroidery and Lace 1906 to 1930
MAK FORUM, Tue, 23.01.2018, 6.00 pm
The Wiener Werkstätte Archive in the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna contains a multitude of previously unpublished documents of great artistic sophistication on the design and production of lace and embroidery between 1906 and 1930. Together with objects preserved in the museum, sketches and designs by such important artists as Josef Hoffmann and Dagobert Peche or Maria Likarz-Strauss, and Mathilde Flögl as well as blueprints, bobbin lace patterns, sample portfolios, and historical photographs convey an authentic picture of this little-known department of the Wiener Werkstätte.
On the Publication: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, (General Director, MAK), Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive), Dirk Allgaier (Publisher) and Angela Völker (Art Historian, 1977–2009 Curator, MAK Textiles and Carpets Collection)
More information on the publication is available on our webiste.