Kremnica 1990 - 2016

Exhibition  /  21 Sep 2016  -  07 Oct 2016
Published: 20.09.2016

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In 2016, on the occasion of the 7th International Bienale of contemporary jewellery Šperk Stret 2016, the Jewellers' Association AURA presented the works of the participants of the symposia since 1990 to present, through a retrospective exhibition.
The exhibition at the Gallery Umelka which evaluated years of intense organizational and creative work of the authors and curators, included more than 100 works of domestic and foreign authors from the collection of the Jewellers' Association AURA and private collections.

Since 1990 until today, the Jewellers' Association AURA has organized twentytwo International symposia of artistic jewellery in Kremnica (1990-1996, 2002-2016). They were attended by 144 jewellery artists from 17 countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Colombia, and Latvia). Such a long tradition of symposia has been possible because of the excellent conditions for creative work in the goldsmith studio of School of Applied Arts in Kremnica, helpful leadership and teachers of the school, and opportunities to exhibit in Kremnica (Bell House, Information Centre, NBS - Museum of Coins and Medals at Kremnica).

The tradition of symposia of artistic jewellery in Kremnica plays an important role in building professional relationships within the jewellery artists’ community. It also produces a creative atmosphere and creates space for the confrontation of participants’ opinions. As an inspiration to create symposia pieces of work, several themes are always offered: Genius Loci - to capture certain characteristic atmosphere of the historic mining town Kremnica. Furthermore, a free topic has been offered every year, and since 2002 also a special topic - which is always current for the particular year. An annual specific activity of the symposium has become a jointly created jewellery piece whose shape and aspect are formed by art opinions of the present participants and individual feelings of these artists who contribute to the piece. This creatively spent time enriches all artists professionally, and brings many motives to the next generation.

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council and The Fine Arts Fund.


Tuesday - Sunday 12.00am - 6.00pm


20th September 2016 at 6pm
Jana Machatova. Brooch: Untitled. Plexiglass, paper, silver, gold foil. Jana Machatova
Brooch: Untitled
Plexiglass, paper, silver, gold foil
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Peter Machata. Brooch: Reconstruction of K.P, 2003. Silver. Peter Machata
Brooch: Reconstruction of K.P, 2003
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Bety K. Majerníková. Necklace: Chipboard, 2008. Chipboard, postcard, beads. Bety K. Majerníková
Necklace: Chipboard, 2008
Chipboard, postcard, beads
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Ulrich Reithofer. Necklace: Euro, 2008. Roll, coins, silver. Ulrich Reithofer
Necklace: Euro, 2008
Roll, coins, silver
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Anton Cepka. Brooch: Untitled, 1995. Silver. Anton Cepka
Brooch: Untitled, 1995
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