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Petra Zimmermann: Schmuck│Jewellery

Published: 09.03.2012
Petra Zimmermann: Schmuck│Jewellery.
Barbara Maas
Wolfram Otto
Anna Schetelich
Edited by:
Arnoldsche
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Technical data:
128 pages, hard cover, 193 colour and 46 black-and-white illustrations, text in English and German, 21 x 28.5 cm
ISBN / ISSN:
978-3-89790-346-3
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Inner page. 
. Necklace with pendant, 2009, polymethyl methacrylate, gold leaf, blackened silver 
. Photo © Petra Zimmermann.
Inner page. 
Necklace with pendant, 2009, polymethyl methacrylate, gold leaf, blackened silver 
Photo © Petra Zimmermann

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Intro
The first com-prehensive retrospective of the artist awarded the renowned Eligius-Schmuck Prize in October 2010.
Eye-catchers and thought-provoking pieces. Petra Zimmermann’s ironic play with glamour and stereotypes.

Petra Zimmermann belongs to the emergent, rambunctious, upcoming stars in the field of contemporary auteur jewellery. In just a few years the young Austrian has made a name for herself with her extravagant and ‘untamed baroque’ works - not least due to her complex plays on quotations and the intense confrontation with questions on the attraction, value and expiry date of material beauty. In her earlier series ‘Schmuck im Schmuck’ [Jewellery in Jewellery] (1998–2002) the artist was already combining the old and the new, in which she cast found materials – mostly old costume jewellery from flea markets – into contemporary base forms made from coloured plastic. The dusty sparkle of old rings and bracelets was born again in a new blaze of colour in youthfully glamorous creations. In appreciation of aesthetic categories not based on material value, Zimmermann’s aesthetic quest is simultaneously reflected in the area of tension between auteur jewellery and the fine arts. 

This tension is also shown in her brooch series ‘Cut-Outs and Pin-Ups’ (2003–2005), in which stereotypical images of female bodies taken from newspapers and magazines are displayed and further ironised by the appli-cation of sparkle. With gold leaf and glass stones, intricately adorned plastic serves as a base material. Here, artistic jewellery becomes – quite hedonisti-cally –a critique of the dazzling superficiality of costume jewellery. 

Petra Zimmermann’s latest cycle of work is also distinguished by the complex and ambiguous comprehension of the jewellery pieces, where fragments of plastic and costume jewellery consolidate into wanton exotic flowers, or an entire handbag is able to be transformed into a bracelet. The joining of floral elements, historical industrially-produced jewellery and mass-media images of models and design icons creates hybrid forms that appear to lie some-where between Jugendstil, futuristic sculpture and contemporary ergonomic design.

Text in English and German.

Remarks

The publication PETRA ZIMMERMANN Schmuck│Jewellery is the first com-prehensive retrospective of the artist awarded the renowned Eligius-Schmuck Prize in October 2010. Large-format illustrations of objects from all creative periods as well as expert contributions reveal a portrait of a distinguished jewellery artist who no longer struggles – as earlier generations – against convention, but excitingly, critically and ironically plays with the realities of a complex environment.

Exhibition
The publication accompanies an exhibition of current works by Petra Zimmermann at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts in Vienna in spring 2012.
Inner page with Barbara Maas text.
Inner page with Barbara Maas text

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. Inner page.
. Brooch “Pin-Up XII“, 2005, pearls, pyrites, blackened silver 
. Bracelet, 2003, polymethyl methacrylate, gold leaf 
. Private collection
. .

Inner page.
Brooch “Pin-Up XII“, 2005, pearls, pyrites, blackened silver
Bracelet, 2003, polymethyl methacrylate, gold leaf
Private collection


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Inner page.
. 085 Exhibition view “OFF THE WALL I“, 
. Galerie OONA, Berlin 2007 
. Display: Wolfram Otto 
. 086 Brooch “RGB“, 2006, polymethyl methacrylate, garnet beads, blackened silver 
. 130 x 120 x 25 mm 
. 087 Brooch “Box I“, 2006, gilded brass, steel wire, blackened silver 
. 35 x 44 x 13 mm 
. 088 Brooch, 2007, polymethyl methacrylate, smoky quartz beads, printing ink, gold leaf, 
. gilded brass 
. 102 x 89 x 32 mm 
. Private collection 
. 090 Exhibition views “OFF THE WALL I“, 
. Galerie OONA, Berlin 2007.
Inner page.
085 Exhibition view “OFF THE WALL I“,
Galerie OONA, Berlin 2007
Display: Wolfram Otto
086 Brooch “RGB“, 2006, polymethyl methacrylate, garnet beads, blackened silver
130 x 120 x 25 mm
087 Brooch “Box I“, 2006, gilded brass, steel wire, blackened silver
35 x 44 x 13 mm
088 Brooch, 2007, polymethyl methacrylate, smoky quartz beads, printing ink, gold leaf,
gilded brass
102 x 89 x 32 mm
Private collection
090 Exhibition views “OFF THE WALL I“,
Galerie OONA, Berlin 2007

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Inner page.
. Petra Zimmermann.
Inner page.
Petra Zimmermann

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