Schmuck 2017

Fair  /  Schmuck - MJW 2017  /  08 Mar 2017  -  14 Mar 2017
Published: 12.12.2016


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Schmuck 2017.
Internationale Handwerkmesse Munich
Cornelie Holzach
Wolfgang Lösche

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Distinctive, one of a kind items, wearable works of art, clear statements: the special SCHMUCK exhibition from 8th to 14th March 2017 at the Internationale Handwerksmesse, unites outstanding works from the author’s jewellery sector. It is considered to be one of the most significant exhibitions of contemporary jewellery design and is a meeting point for collectors, gallerists, museum curators and jewellery artists from around the world. As more and more parallel events have gathered around SCHMUCK in the last couple of years, GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, the fair organiser, will issue a SCHMUCK city map for the first time, with all important events and dates.

Cornelie Holzach was in charge of the 2017 artist selection.
SCHMUCK is an exhibition with international steel power. More than 700 goldsmiths and jewellery designers from all continents have applied to be part of the renowned special exhibition at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich. "The amount of applications alone shows how esteemed this special exhibition on contemporary jewellery is and how much significance is ascribed to it globally," says Wolfgang Lösche from the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria, manager of the special exhibition SCHMUCK. Since its premiere in 1959, it is considered to be style-defining and the gateway for new trends in the author's jewellery sector. It is an important platform for participants to make a name for themselves and establish contacts in the international goldsmith's sector. This year's highlight is the presentation of the Herbert-Hofmann awards to three outstanding jewellery designers, this time on Saturday, 11th March 2017, at 5.00 pm on the stage in hall B1, which is always highly anticipated by numerous international guests.

Like every year, the selection of exhibits at SCHMUCK is made by a famous personality from the author's jewellery world. Cornelie Holzach, manager of the Jewellery Museum Pforzheim, made the final selection choice for the upcoming special exhibition. All in all, the selection of the qualified goldsmith and art historian depicts "a mixture of surprisingly humorous, ironical, colourful, serious and conceptual jewellery made of different materials," explains Wolfgang Lösche. 67 artists from 31 countries were invited to take part at SCHMUCK 2017. The greatest number of goldsmiths and jewellery designers are from Germany and France, followed by Sweden, New Zealand and the United States. There are also contributions from Mexico and Iran. "The selection becomes especially interesting by comparing young and new exhibitors from Iran, France, China and Mexico with works of art from famous or very famous jewellery designers," says Lösche.

This time, Renate Heintze (1936-1991) will be honoured for "contemporary classics". She was the director of the jewellery department at Castle Giebichenstein from 1974 to 1991 and substantially contributed to the special reputation of this training facility. At SCHMUCK, a selection of her most significant works will be exhibited once again.

Contemporary jewellery is also a topic of international galleries, which are presented in the "FRAME" area, directly next to SCHMUCK in hall B1 at the Internationale Handwerksmesse. Amongst others, Platina (Sweden), the Atta Gallery (Thailand), the Gallery Ra Amsterdam and the Gallery Marzee (both Netherlands), Chrome Yellow Books (Great Britain), Handshake 3 (New Zealand) as well as Gallery Rosemary Jäger and the Spektrum Gallery (Germany) can be found there.

For the first time at SCHMUCK 2017, the exhibition organisers GHM have designed their own city map with all events in galleries, ateliers and museums, which will take place all around Munich on the occasion of the special exhibition. Additionally to information on SCHMUCK itself, the colourful, multipaged brochure also contains an overview of additional event places and dates plus an underground map.
The printed city map is available at the exhibition; the online version will be available as of February at

Selected artists:
Volker Atrops DE, Robert Baines AU, Sun-Woong Bang AU / KR, Sofia Björkman SE, Melissa Cameron USA / AU, Attai Chen DE / ISR, Susan Cross UK, Marion Delarue FR, Jane Dodd NZ, Marine Dominiczak FR, Sam Tho Duong DE / VNM, Petr Dvorak AT / CZ, Iris Eichenberg USA / DE, Beate Eismann DE, Karl Fritsch NZ, Kyoko Fukuchi JP, Sara Gackowska PL, Adam Grinovich SE, Dana Hakim Bercovich ISR, Rebecca Hannon USA / CAN, Ann-Kathrin Hartel DE,  Mielle Harvey USA, Serena Holm SE, Chun-Lung Hsieh TW, Xiaodai Huang CHN, Kathleen Janvier USA, Helena Johansson Lindell SE, Svenja John DE, Ike Jünger DE, Vered Kaminski ISR, Minna Karhu FI, Sanaa Khalil IT / LBN, Marcela Kindl Steffanová CZ,  Esther knobel ISR, Lorena Lazard MEX, Felieke van der Leest NOR / NL, Florence Lehmann FR, Helena Lehtinen FI, Gernot Leibold DE, Felix Lindner DE, Jens Rüdiger Lorenzen DE, Reka Lorincz HU, Peter Machata SR, Stefano Marchetti + Nicola Sturm IT, Kelly McDonald NZ, Shelley Norton NZ, Ted Noten NL, Karla Olšáková + Rudolf Rusňák CZ / SR, Annika Pettersson SE, Camilla Prasch Grevenberg DK, Ramon Puig Cuyàs ES, Loukia Richards DE / GR, Philip Sajet FR, Bernhard Schobinger CH, Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova DE / SR, Healim Shin KR, Alejandra Solar LUX / MEX, Annemiek Steenhuis NL, Céline Sylvestre FR, Vivi Touloumidi DE / GR, Silke Trekel DE, Hanna-Maria Vanaküla EE, Nassrin Vessalian IRN, Florian Weichsberger DE, Sayumi Yokouchi JP, Annamaria Zanella IT, Petra Zimmermann AT.

Klassiker 2017:
Renate Heintze, DE (1936 - 1991)
Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2016. Silver, Sapphire. 3,5 x 2,5 cm. Photo by: Karl Fritsch. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2016
Silver, Sapphire
3,5 x 2,5 cm
Photo by: Karl Fritsch
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Ann-Kathrin Hartel. Brooch: Setting, 2016. PVC foil, Steel wire. 5,5 x 18 cm. Photo by: Ann-Kathrin Hartel. Ann-Kathrin Hartel
Brooch: Setting, 2016
PVC foil, Steel wire
5,5 x 18 cm
Photo by: Ann-Kathrin Hartel
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Gernot Leibold. Brooch: Dear Louise 1 - blue Pebbles, 2016. Plastics, turqouise, silver, steel. 8,7 x 8,7 x 1,5 cm. Photo by: Carsten Birnbaum. Gernot Leibold
Brooch: Dear Louise 1 - blue Pebbles, 2016
Plastics, turqouise, silver, steel
8,7 x 8,7 x 1,5 cm
Photo by: Carsten Birnbaum
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Volker Atrops. Brooch: Above Swallow, 2016. Plastic, stainless steel. , 6,5 x 6,5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Barbara von Braun. Volker Atrops
Brooch: Above Swallow, 2016
Plastic, stainless steel
, 6,5 x 6,5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Barbara von Braun
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Annamaria Zanella. Brooch: Iseo, 2016. Silver, niello, lens, plastic fabric from Christo’s floating piers, acrylic, gold, steel, patina. 2 x 8 x 6,5 cm. Photo by: Marco F. Magliani. Annamaria Zanella
Brooch: Iseo, 2016
Silver, niello, lens, plastic fabric from Christo’s floating piers, acrylic, gold, steel, patina
2 x 8 x 6,5 cm
Photo by: Marco F. Magliani
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