International Craft Fair Munich 2022 as a Summer Edition

Exempla, Talente and Schmuck: special shows will resume after postponement.

The “Handwerk & Design” [Craft and Design], which is integrated into the IHM, has long been an important international meeting place for aficionados of contemporary jewelry and other disciplines of applied arts and crafts. Leading galleries – this time Rosemarie Jäger, Marzee, Noel Guyomarc’h, Platina, Tinsel Gallery and Siat Gallery – as well as associations, educational institutions and a wide range of individual exhibitors offer a diverse and often high-class range of products for enthusiasts and collectors.

Special shows featuring classics and the avant-garde

Although outstanding works by internationally renowned artists can always be seen and purchased in the Living “Workshops at “Exempla”, the special show Schmuck – this time curated by Helen Britton – enjoys the highest international standing. The three prizes awarded here are often described as the Oscars of jewelry art.

Miki Asai

Selected for the Schmuck of Helen Britton: Miki Asai, Japan, Still life1, brooch, 2019, Japanese lacquer, wood, shell, eggshell, mineral pigment, silver leaf, steel, 9 x 12 cm.

The special show Talente is likewise important. It presents works by up-and-coming artists who were chosen with great care and expertise. And not to be forgotten is the always meticulously curated exhibition of the Bavarian Arts and Crafts Association with the BKV Prize for Young Arts and Crafts.

Koutaro Uranaka und Takahiro Yamamoto

On display in the special show Talents: Koutaro Uranaka and Takahiro Yamamoto (JP), Natume-Double Layer tee caddy; brass, patina, urushi, 3D printing, casting, 6×5, 5×5, 5 cm. Photo: Takahiro Yamamoto.

Exempla, the largest of the three special shows organized by the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria with its “Living Workshops,” celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. In addition to new works, a “best of” featuring highlights from previous shows will also be staged. Exhibitors and thematic areas that were particularly successful with the audience over the past decades can be experienced once again at Exempla 2022.


Treehouse, built by treehouse specialists. © Baumbaron.

Some examples: on the five days of the trade fair during Handwerk & Design, Johannes Schelle and his company Baumbaron from Lake Tegernsee will build a complete treehouse together with Pete Nelson. The Briton Robert Race will show artistic toys. Christoph Henrichsen is pursuing the secrets of Japanese wood joinery. The reconstruction of a vintage car from the Martelleria company will be on display at Exempla 2022. Bettina Dittlmann and Michael Jank will demonstrate the technique of enameling with the aid of a studio kiln: the duo will also forge their “Fürimmerringe” (“foreverrings”).

 Dittlmann & Jank

Fürimmerringe [forever rings], forged from a single piece of metal. Photo (detail): Ulrike Myrzik.

Documentary about Helen Britton

Helen Britton is setting special accents during this year’s Handwerksmesse [International Craftfair Munich]. Not only that she curated the special show “Schmuck” as part of the “Handwerk & Design”. The documentary “Hunter From Elsewhere – A Journey With Helen Britton” impressively shows the sources of inspiration of the jewelry artist. It will be shown on Friday, July 8 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 at 11 a.m. in Munich’s Theatiner Kino. Further dates are in preparation.

Elena Alvarez Lutz

Author and filmmaker Elena Alvarez Lutz in her Munich apartment. Photo Ulrike Myrzik for Art Aurea, Issue 48, Summer 2-2022.

The film was produced by Elena Alvarez Lutz, author of the BR programs “Quer” and “Capriccio”. How the documentary and her love of applied art came about can be read in the interview of Art Aurea’s current summer issue 48.

In Munich, Art Aurea is available in the following galleries:

Culturesphere, Horemansstraße 30,
Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, Pacellistraße 6–8,
Galerie Biró, Zieblandstraße 19,
Galerie Handwerk, Max-Joseph-Straße 4,
Galerie Isabella Hund, Frauenplatz 13,
raumwerk, Schwanthalerstraße 125 + 142,
Scheytt Galerie für Schmuck und Kunst, Kaiserstrasse 23,
ventil Werkstatt und Galerie für Schmuck, Steinstrasse 17,

  • Hall B5
    Messe München, central entrance east
    Munich, Germany
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