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Bernhard Schobinger: The Rings of Saturn

Book  /  ArtistsArnoldsche
Published: 04.08.2014
Bernhard Schobinger: The Rings of Saturn.
Glenn Adamson
Florian Hufnagl
Bernhard Schobinger
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Technical data:
288 pages, Hardback with American dust jacket, 510 illustrations in colour and some in black & white, text in English, 14 x 20 cm
ISBN / ISSN:
9783897904026
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from € 39.80
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Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Little Snail Horns Ring, 1969. White gold, chalcedony. Collection of the artist
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Little Snail Horns Ring, 1969
White gold, chalcedony
Collection of the artist
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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Intro
A book that gives an overview of the rings created by Bernhard Schobinger over the last forty-five years. The artist used this type of piece as a way to express political and artistic issues, expanding the jewellery field beyond wearability and value.
The Rings of Saturn
The finger ring is a familiar cultural artefact in our society: it can bear the coveted diamond or be a sign of union. Not so with Bernhard Schobinger! From his objects of the last forty-five years, artistic as well as societal developments can be deduced. The ring as contemporary witness: Concrete art, the Punk aesthetic, postmodernism and more. Like all avant-gardists, Schobinger pursues the expansion of his own artistic genre, subverts their traditional norms – wearability, value – and subjects them to a radical reappraisal.

Schobinger was led astray, in particular by the shift of social and aesthetic paradigms in the Punk movement at the schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016 of the 1970s, to an almost ‘reckless’ working practice that broke countless taboos. He migrated from the usual ‘valuable’ materials, preferring instead to feature others that showed the emotional content or the conceptual worth he sought. The objects created at that time provoked strong reactions, even hostility. Yet they have proved to be infl uential on style and have deeply shaped subsequent generations of jewellery artists.

The basic concept of the 272-page book is an overview of almost all the rings that Bernhard Schobinger has createdover the last forty-five years. It is designed as a reference work and documents nearly half a decade of the Swiss object artist’s design and creative power. In short accompanying texts,Schobinger himself explains the evolutionary history of many of his objects and his very personal artistic motivation for them. The reader can also gain additional insight into the creative process in the form of sketches and pages from his original notebook.

Bernhard Schobinger (winner of the Grand Prix Design 2007) is one of the most provocative, critical and artistically inspiring contemporary jewellery artists. He has revolutionised his profession. Through the eschewal of traditional jewels, he deprives jewellery of its function as a status symbol, making it a tool of expression within a universal critical language.

Text in English

Exhibition:
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (UK), until 19 October 2014
www.manchestergalleries.org
Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Infinite Loop in Two Tapering Wedged Colours, 1970. 18ct white gold and gold. As a wedding ring for a friend who is a mathematician (one of two)
. Private collection, Switzerland
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Infinite Loop in Two Tapering Wedged Colours, 1970
18ct white gold and gold
As a wedding ring for a friend who is a mathematician (one of two)
Private collection, Switzerland
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Lime Flower Ring II, 1977. FE /BS, 18ct gold, patina. Private collection, Switzerland
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Lime Flower Ring II, 1977
FE /BS, 18ct gold, patina
Private collection, Switzerland
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Bull’s Head Ring, 1977. 18ct gold, cast onto iron, two brilliant-cut diamonds. Private collection, Switzerland
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Bull’s Head Ring, 1977
18ct gold, cast onto iron, two brilliant-cut diamonds
Private collection, Switzerland
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Lipstick Ring, 1970. Pale gold, carnelian, fewer than six made. Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, gift of Sonja Graber
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Lipstick Ring, 1970
Pale gold, carnelian, fewer than six made
Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, gift of Sonja Graber
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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Bernhard Schobinger. Ring: Fourfold Twisted Ring, 1978. FE /BS, cast cobalt, enamel. Collection of the artist
. Photo: Bernhard Schobinger. Bernhard Schobinger
Ring: Fourfold Twisted Ring, 1978
FE /BS, cast cobalt, enamel
Collection of the artist
Photo: Bernhard Schobinger

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