This year’s special show “Jewelry” received 802 applications, from which Curator Chequita Nahar, who is also a jewelry artist and dean of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht, selected 63 jewelry artists from 29 countries. Current pieces by these artists will be on displayed at the “Handwerk & Design” show from March 11 to 15, 2020 at Munich Trade Fair Centre. Wolfgang Lösche from the Chamber of Skilled Crafts in Munich and Upper Bavaria views the strong interest shown by applicants from 61 countries as proof of the global significance of this contemporary jewelry show. The spectrum for 2020 will be especially interesting because works by well-known and very well-known jewelry makers will be juxtaposed with pieces created by their next-generation colleagues.
Chequita Nahar’s selection presents many different positions: classical metalworking, references to fashion, poetic approaches, depictions of animals, eroticism, painting, enamel and a variety of surprisingly humorous, satirical, colorful, earnest and conceptual jewelry. Artists from Germany are most strongly represented, followed by colleagues from Korea and Holland, and to a lesser but nonetheless strong extent by artists from Australia and Czech Republic. The three Herbert Hofmann Prizes will be awarded on March 14th, the Saturday of the fair, at 5 p.m. “Jewelry 2020” will honor the Australian artist Robert Baines as a “modern classic.” Professor emeritus of RMIT University, Melbourne, Baines was awarded the title “Living Treasure” by his home country Australia.
For many years, the special show “Jewelry” has resulted in many exhibitions of art jewelry not only at the craft fair, but also in galleries and temporary spaces throughout Munich. These events naturally attract collectors and jewelry enthusiasts from around the world to the Bavarian metropolis, which in March will celebrate its status as the world’s capital of art jewelry.
The artists at the “Schmuck” 2020
Germany: Iris Bodemer, Alexander Blank, Ute Eitzenhöfer, Katrin Feulner, Melanie Isverding, Camilla Prasch, Barbara Schrobenhauser, Karin Seufert, Silke Spitzer, Gisbert Stach, Julia Walter.
USA: Erinn M. Cox, Janna Gregonis, Cathryn Jasterzbski, Rebekah Frank, Keith Lewis, Bruce Metcalf.
Netherlands: Nina van Duijnhoven, Manon van Kouswijk, Ruudt Peters, Carla Nuis, Elwy Schutten.
Japan: Miki Asai, Sawa Aso, Reiko Ishiyama, Takashi Kojima.
Great Britain: Paul Adie, Donna Brennan, Lucie Gledhill.
Finland: Ulla Ahola, Helena Lehtinen, Tarja Tuupanen.
Estonia: Nils Hint, Merlin Meremaa, Ketli Tiitsar.
South Korea: Sungho Cho, Dongchun Lee, Coco Hyoun Jung Sung.
Denmark: Kim Buck, Gabriella Goldsmith.
Sweden: Klara Brynge, Karin Johansson.
Australia: Helen Britton (lebt in München), Laura Deakin.
Greece: Anastasia Kandaraki, Loukia Richards.
Argentina: Laura Leyt, Totas Reciclados (V. Hasse, M. Muñiz).
Mexico: Raquel Bessudo.
New Zealand: Becky Bliss.
Norway: Sigurd Bronger.
Taiwan: Lu Chia-Ching.
Hungary: Veronika Fabian.
Switzerland: Andi Gut.
Slowakia: Mária Hriešik Nepšinská.
China: Anqi Li.
Belgium: Jorge Manila
Czech Republic: Pavel Opocensky.
Spain: Ramon Puig Cuyàs.
Portugal: Tereza Seabra.
Latvia: Jelizaveta Suska.
Chile: Maria Ignacia Walker Guzman.
Israel: Sofya Zakharova.
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