Art Aurea – this is art, design and manufactory culture indebted to craft traditions: Ceramic art, the art of jewelry making and silversmithing, studio glass, art made from wood, paper or textile. The current print issue 2-2015, is available at train stations and retail partners from 2nd May. Of course you can directly order the issue on Inspirational Places at our subscription service or subscribe online, too. With the Future Places we present selected galleries and concept stores that pursue profound ways to convey products, artworks and services.
Our photographer Laurens Grigoleit captured images of three unconventional Inspirational Places: the Sacred Heart church and the Alexander Tutsek foundation in Munich, and Kati Jünger’s ceramic workshop, which looks as though it has stepped outside the inexorable flow of time, at Laufen in Upper Bavaria.
The collector Thomas Olbricht created an “inspirational place” of a totally different sort at his me Collectors Room in Berlin. Visitors who enter this chamber of curiosities can immerse themselves in the conceptual world of the Renaissance and the Baroque – and also view contemporary art from a new perspective.
Our Who Wears My Art? photo happening focuses on a topic of contemporary art that’s especially dear to our hearts. Many renowned museums now also collect artistic jewelry, which upholds standards very nearly on a par with those of contemporary sculpture. Unlike all other genres of art, the direct relationship between the artwork and the human being is an integral part of the piece’s concept. The portraits shot by the photographer Miriam Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich proof this. The Zurich based photographer also captured the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur with its unique collection of materials, which we can only recommend to creative and curios people. Niessing shows that a jewelry manufactory can be an Inspirational Place, too. The photos by Hideaki Hamada from Japan give the impression, that work is the most beautiful thing in the world.
In our new Vintage section, our coverage of auctions is being complemented by articles on interesting vintage shops and galleries. Vintage, which means something like venerable, is a topic, that fascinates more and more people. It fits Art Aurea so well, because reporting on it we build a bridge from contemporary Applied Arts to the past. The essential outlasts generations and it is exactly this what we show in Art Aurea.