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Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018

Award giving  /  MJW-SchmuckTalente2018  /  10 Mar 2018
Published: 20.03.2018
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Lin Cheung, Julia Maria Künnap and Gernot Leibold are the winners of the 2018 Herbert Hofmann Awards. The awards honour outstanding contributions to the special exhibition Schmuck, which takes place annually as part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse on the Fairground Messe München.
 
It is one of the most coveted international awards in the field of jewellery design: the Herbert Hofmann Prize. The crowd around the stage in Hall B1 at the Fairground Trade Fair Munich was accordingly large on Saturday, March 10th . This is because jewellery fans come together from all over to world to attend SCHMUCK in Munich, especially for the ceremonial presentation of the Herbert Hofmann Prizes.
Lin Cheung, Julia Maria Künnap and Gernot Leibold are the winners and the jury's justifications were the following:

Julia Maria Künnap
The jury described the nephrite and gold green brooch Why Is It All Overgrowing by Julia Maria Künnap, one of this year’s Herbert Hofmann Prize recipients, as a masterpiece of stone polish. The Estonian aspires to achieve an even more precise gem cut, even more transparent polish, an even thinner material and clearer concept in every new piece of work she does. It has become an obsession for her, said the jury in their explanation, describing how, although the titles of her work form a poem, each one is a standalone jewellery item, whether it appears as a wide, blue brushstroke or a melting letter.

Gernot Leibold
The jury were also impressed by the quadratic brooches by Gernot Leibold from Germany. Explaining that these were surprising in their material combinations and thus awarded them one of the Herbert Hofmann Prizes. The colourfully sloping edges of Leibold’s work Schwarze Struktur Nr., made from ebony, plastics, silver and steel looks like a box opening to reveal a structure full of secrets. Ebony has long been a popular working material for Leibold, who finds the wood’s fracture properties especially appealing. When laid together, they produce an attractive structure or landscape and engage in an exciting relationship with the colour of the surrounding plastic.

Lin Cheung
Delayed Reaction Series is the title of the brooches cut into stone by Lin Cheung of the United Kingdom, who was also awarded a Herbert Hofmann Prize for their reflection of the artist’s mixed feelings of the world around her. The Non Plus brooch refers to the events since the EU Referendum and the ongoing debates concerning the United Kingdom’s future in Europe, according to the jury. Other brooches within this series played on political and social change and the feelings associated with these. Badges are actually intended for the moment, just to be used long enough to convey a message. Cutting them into stone is exactly the opposite: things move slowly, are unpredictable and also often limited. But these limitations are a good test of what remains once the dust has resettled, it was said in the explanation. The works by Lin Cheung are described as a political statement, exemplary for the issues of today and the relationship to their values.


The Herbert Hofmann Prizes are awarded to three contributors of the SCHMUCK special show at the International Handwerksmesse every year. It is in honour of Dr Herbert Hofmann, who created the SCHMUCK special show in 1959. The awards are organised in the form of a competition, receiving applications from jewellery designers all over the world – this year saw more than 900. The exhibits are chosen by a different curator each year. The selections for SCHMUCK 2018 were made by Hans Stofer, Head of the Jewellery Programme at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Contributions from a total of 65 artists from 21 countries were on display at the SCHMUCK 2018 at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich from 7 th to 13th of March 2018.
Lin Cheung. Brooch: Nonplus, 2017. Lapis Lazuli, gold.. 5 x 5 x 0,9 cm. Photo by: Lin Cheung. Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018. Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue. Lin Cheung
Brooch: Nonplus, 2017
Lapis Lazuli, gold.
5 x 5 x 0,9 cm
Photo by: Lin Cheung
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018
Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue
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Gernot Leibold. Brooch: Schwarze Struktur No. 6, 2016. Ebony, plastic, silver, steel.. Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018. Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue. Gernot Leibold
Brooch: Schwarze Struktur No. 6, 2016
Ebony, plastic, silver, steel.
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018
Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue
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Julia Maria Künnap. Brooch: Why its all overgrowing, 2017. Nephrite, gold. . Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018. Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue. Julia Maria Künnap
Brooch: Why its all overgrowing, 2017
Nephrite, gold. 
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2018
Published at: Schmuck 2018 Catalogue
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