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BKV Prize 2024 Winners

Award giving  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2024  /  02 Mar 2024
Published: 28.02.2024
Zhipeng Wang. Brooch: Tea Brick #5, #6 and #4, 2023. Chinese tea, 925 silver, stainless steel. Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts. Zhipeng Wang
Brooch: Tea Brick #5, #6 and #4, 2023
Chinese tea, 925 silver, stainless steel
Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts
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Intro
The BKV Prize for Young Applied Arts was offered for the first time in 2006 and has been awarded for the eighteenth time this year. 66 entries were received from 16 countries. The evaluation process was held in two stages: a photo jury followed by an object jury. Works by 29 artists were selected for the second jury stage, from which the jury selected three prizewinners, two commendations and 15 finalists.

This year's winners are First Prize Zhipeng Wang, Germany, Munich, The Second Prize Philsoo Heo, ​Deutschland, Essen, The Third Prize Lingjie Wang, China, Shanghai and Commendations to Anna Avits, Deutschland, München and Esther Gleuwitz Deutschland, Feucht.
 
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The Bavarian Crafts Council is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary crafts. A key aspect of its work is supporting young artisans. This prize is therefore aimed at young artisans under 35 years of age who are about to embark on their professional career. The prize is open for entries from all over the world and from all areas of applied arts. Prizes go to works that show excellent design based on fine craftsmanship. The competition is international and aimed specifically at young artisans in all areas of applied arts who are at the beginning of their careers.

The Award Ceremony will be held at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich on 2 March 2024 at 2 p.m. on the stage in Hall B1.

We would like to thank this year's jury for their responsible work and commitment:
  • Dirk Allgaier, Publisher Arnoldsche Art Publishers.
  • Simon Emmerlich, Journalist.
  • Prof. Suska Mackert, Artist.
  • Schnuppe von Gwinner, Art Historian, Author, Curator.
  • Gisbert Stach, Artist.
  • Antonia Voit M.A., Munich City Museum, Collection Manager of the Applied Arts Collection.

1st Prize: Zhipeng Wang, born 1996 in Anhui / China, lives in Munich

Statement of the jury: As light as a feather, clean and elegant to the touch. Rectangular in shape, with precise edges. Dimensions of around 9 x 5 x 1 cm. A classic, universal form. Puristic understatement. The brooch pin on the reverse reveals this to be a piece of jewelry, made from recycled Chinese tea leaves and Sterling silver, indurated with the addition of binding agents. The material reveals the sensation: compressed structures solidify associatively to form vibrant landscapes. From a bird’s eye perspective, for example – from a great height: shimmering meanders sweep across the rectangles like a welltrodden path, a riverbed or, perhaps, a chain of snow-covered peaks. Zhipeng Wang, the Chinese artist behind these works, refers to his pieces as 'Tea Bricks'. They are a reference to the most common form of pressed black tea in ancient China prior to the Ming dynasty, which significantly simplified the tea trade. A prized commodity, tea was used as a form of currency across large parts of Asia.
Zhipeng Wang’s 'Tea Bricks' are metaphors for his experiences and memories of traveling. They are an expression of his Chinese cultural identity; an expression of his worldly sophistication.



2nd Prize: Philsoo Heo, born 1993 in Cheonan / South Korea, lives in Essen.

Statement of the jury: 'Five Elements', South Korean artist Philsoo Heo’s installation of ceramics, wax and glass bowls, examines the natural processes of growth, transformation and decay from an Asian perspective. The colored glazed finishes lend the objects’ surfaces surprising insights; they are reminiscent of micro-organisms that, despite their minute size, achieve substantial sculptural effects. The pieces’ organic appearance creates a sense of naturality that recalls the transformation and decay of the human body and thus represents the neverending cycle of life. In these fascinating pieces, Philsoo Heo combines painting and sculpture, Far-Eastern and Occidental philosophies, nature and body, symmetry and asymmetry, order and chaos, fantasy and science, tradition and modernity.


3rd Prize: Lingjie Wang, born 1990 in Shanghai / China, lives in Shanghai.

Statement of the jury: Humans and fungi. What are the true roles in this relationship? Which party is dominant? Which is subordinate? Humans grow mushrooms as a source of food but serve as a warm, humid host for some species of fungus. Lingjie Wang examines this ambivalent relationship in her brooches. Delicate incisions and desiccation lead ordinary, edible fungi – such as button and shiitake mushrooms – to take on amorphous forms. The metallic frame and brooch pin seem to represent a final, pitiable attempt to rein in the mushroom’s inexorable urge for growth. Viewed in the context of the human body, Wang’s brooches open up broad spaces of interpretation, similar to the invisible mycelium of a mushroom in the wild, delving deep into the forest floor.


Commendations to Anna Avits, born 1994 in Donetsk / Ukraine, lives in Munich.

Statement of the jury: The necklace and brooch created by Ukrainian artist Anna Avits are reminiscent of the feathered bodies of birds. The exposed textile fabric of old rubber tires, which Avits draws on as her material, further reinforces this impression. Avits’ title 'Black Swan', refers to a phenomenon primarily identified in the world of finance to describe unexpected events that have vast consequences, such as terror attacks and natural disasters. The title, design and material create a multi-faceted frame of reference, from creating decorative swans from old car tires and painting them white – a widespread practice in peacetime Ukraine – to the use of burning tires at the Maidan Uprising in Kyiv to destruction and death and, at the same time, extending beyond a reflection of the war.


Commendations to Esther Gleuwitz, born 1991 in Nuremberg, lives in Feucht.

Statement of the jury: A gossamer sheet of silver or gold, formed into a 'bubble', seemingly in a single, simple action. Imagine we encounter someone wearing it as jewelry: it creates a tangible, uncertain pause; a moment of hesitation. Does this jewelry serve as a separator? Or is it an invitation to embrace? One brief moment and everything might change. We recall the regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, including the mandate to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from others. Once we overcome this internalized separation of 1.5 meters, we become a fellow protagonist alongside the artist, assisting the brooch in its artistic transformation. In her conceptual work, entitled 'bubble', Esther Gleuwitz successfully and poetically visualizes the moment in which two people meet. The encounter of the wearer and the beholder, and the ability of a piece of jewelry to engage in dialogue, are visualized in this fragile yet immensely powerful object.



Finalists:
Laura Bouyer (ceramics) born 1995 in Fontenay-le-Comte / France, lives in Höhr-Grenzhausen.
Chanyoung Chan (jewellery) born 1993 in Seoul / South Korea, lives in Antwerp / Belgium and Seoul.
Xinyi Chen (jewellery) born 1992 in Hubei / China, lives in Liverpool / Great Britain.
Natascha Frechen (jewellery) born 1990 in Jülich, lives in Idar-Oberstein.
Esther Heite (jewellery) born 1991 in Essen, lives in Wuppertal.
Hiyu Hamasaki (jewellery) born 1996 in Saitama / Japan, lives in Osaka / Japan.
Jungwoon Lee (ceramics) born 1989 in Seoul / South Korea, lives in Halle (Saale).
Niklas Link (jewellery) born 1989 in Rauenberg, lives in Saarbrücken.
Julia Obermaier (jewellery) born 1989 in Landau a. d. Isar, lives in Kempten.
Laura Jane Anja Prahl (jewellery) born 1994 in Düsseldorf, lives in Düsseldorf.
Mchaela Tkadlecek (glass) born 1992 in Příbram / Czech Republic / lives in Höhr-Grenzhausen.
I-An Wang (appliance) born 1990 in Miaoli / Taiwan, lives in Tainan / Taiwan.
Jiwon Yang (jewellery) born 1990 in Daegu / South Korea, lives in Yongin-si / South Korea.
Chung Yueh Yuan (jewellery) born 1997 in Taipei / Taiwan, lives in Munich.
Kexin Zhang (jewellery) born 1997 in Shenyang / China, lives in Dalian / China.
 
Philsoo Heo. Object: Five Elements, 2023. Ceramics, wax, oil pastels, Petri dishes made of laboratory glass, 3D printing technique, oxidising fired at 1240 °C, glazed in several layers. Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts. Philsoo Heo
Object: Five Elements, 2023
Ceramics, wax, oil pastels, Petri dishes made of laboratory glass, 3D printing technique, oxidising fired at 1240 °C, glazed in several layers
Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts
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Lingjie Wang. Brooch: Beyond Body - Foraging, 2023. Mushroom, Shitake mushroom, Chestnut mushroom, silver, stainless steel, dried, cut, bound, oxidised with eggs, coated. Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts. Lingjie Wang
Brooch: Beyond Body - Foraging, 2023
Mushroom, Shitake mushroom, Chestnut mushroom, silver, stainless steel, dried, cut, bound, oxidised with eggs, coated
Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts
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Anna Avits. Necklace: Black Swan, 2023. Old tyres, glue. Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts. Necklace and brooch. Anna Avits
Necklace: Black Swan, 2023
Old tyres, glue
Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts
Necklace and brooch
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Esther Gleuwitz. Brooch: Bubble, 2022. Silver 925, gold 750. Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts. Esther Gleuwitz
Brooch: Bubble, 2022
Silver 925, gold 750
Awarded at: BKV Prize 2024 for Young Applied Arts
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