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Bernd Munsteiner: Reflections In Stone

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Published: 27.02.2013
Bernd Munsteiner: Reflections In Stone.
Christianne Weber
Editor:
Wilhelm Lindemann
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Technical data:
224 pages, hardback with dust jacket, 219 colour illustrations, text in German and English, 30.5 x 20 cm
ISBN / ISSN:
3-89790-203-9
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Intro
Bernd Munsteiner’s intensive preoccupation with gemstones, however, has certainly not been unlucky for him. During a career spanning more than forty years, he has brought forth a rich œuvre with which he is represented worldwide in public and private collections.
Dramatic legends often grow up around gemstones, especially diamonds. Some precious stones – as conventional wisdom has it – are cursed, such as the ‘Hope Diamond’, the world’s biggest blue diamond. Most of its unfortunate owners suf-fered dire fates – perhaps because the stone was originally stolen from a Hindu temple. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, who presented the valuable Indian stone to King Louis XIV of France, was – as the story goes – torn by marauding dogs not long afterwards and many later owners of this ill-starred gemstone were ruined or died unnatural deaths.

Far from these popular superstitions associated with gemstones – and just as re-mote from the glitzy world of stones featuring in jewellery, facet-cutting and the conventional market valuation of stones by carat and purity – the artist Bernd Munsteiner (*1943) is on an entirely different plane with his very serious search for a new understanding of minerals. In the 1960s Munsteiner began to centre on natural mineral formations in his sculpture and was the first contemporary artist to do so. In his eyes, inclusions and ‘impurities’ in crystals are what constitute the individual qualities of gemstones (rock crystal, aquamarine, citrine, etc) so his artistic quest starts with them. At first his pictures, objects and sculptures were made from agate but he later turned to transparent crystals. Hitherto unknown visual spaces are opened up to viewers – not least through the transparency of the material. Magical ‘landscapes’ in stone are enlarged into surfaces on to which the psyche can project.

Bernd Munsteiner’s intensive preoccupation with gemstones, however, has certainly not been unlucky for him. During a career spanning more than forty years, he has brought forth a rich œuvre with which he is represented worldwide in public and private collections. 
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