Wolfgang Skoluda and Friederike Rohse in the Ventil Gallery

Creating jewelery in dialogue with the antique and inspirations from the underwater world.

Born in 1935, Wolfgang Skoluda from Hamburg has been made jewelry for 60 years. One of his greatest pleasures is “listening” to the found objects that he integrates into his jewelry. These items could be ancient carved gems, amulets or their fragments, but he also experiments with many other materials, e.g. “bits of glass from the Elbe, feathers from nearby forests and from Papua-New Guinea, and silk ribbons from Rud Witt.” His most enduring interest is to bridge classical antiquity and the present day, a project that determines his material (high-karat gold) and his formal vocabulary of classical forms. The Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim honored his dialogue with antiquity by staging one-artist shows of his work in 1997 and 2015; the Goldsmith House in Hanau did likewise in 2006. Jewelry by Wolfgang Skoluda will be juxtaposed with works by ancient masters in the Staatliche Antikensammlung and the Glyptothek in Munich in 2019. The exhibit in Doris Sacher and Hans Gericke’s Galerie Ventil coincides with the International Crafts Fair and underscores the fact that Skoluda’s position enjoys an important place in contemporary jewelry.

Wolfgang Skoluda, Galerie Ventil, jewery

Wolfgang Skoluda, pendant with antique portrait of Artemidorus, half-length necklace. 900 gold, millefiori glass. Photo Benne Ochs.

Friederike Rohse, Galerie Ventil, jewelry

Friederike Rohse, earrings Aus der Tiefsee [From the deep sea]. Mandarin garnet, prasiolite, fine gold, 925 silver, 2 × 4,5 cm. Photo Barbara Eismann.

The goldsmith Friederike Rohse, who likewise lives in Hamburg, apprenticed there with Thomas Schleede and studied in Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the drawing academy in Hanau. Lessons learned from the Korean painter Eu Nim Ro are decisive for her work: “Something jewel-like always comes into existence through the exploration of color and shape,” says this goldsmith, who also works with, silver, copper, enamel and precious stones, as well as natural lumps of amber or rubber stoppers, which she coats with paint. Friedericke Rohse loves to travel and to explore the underwater world. Via the detour of colored sketches, she creates jewelry reflecting what she has seen and experienced.

Eröffnung 12.03.2019
Glanzlichter – Schmuck von
Wolfgang Skoluda
Im Dialog mit der Antike
und Glyptothek
Königsplatz 1
80333 Munich

  • Galerie Ventil
    Steinstraße 17
    81667 Munich
  • Opening 14.03.2019
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