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Winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024

Award giving  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2024  /  02 Mar 2024
Published: 05.03.2024
Empar Juanes Sanchis. Brooch: Don't dare, 2021. Basalt, stainless steal. 4.70 x 9.20. Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024. Empar Juanes Sanchis
Brooch: Don't dare, 2021
Basalt, stainless steal
4.70 x 9.20
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024
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Intro
The Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024 was awarded at the International Crafts Fair in Munich as part of the special show SCHMUCK. This year's Herbert Hofmann Prize went to: Takayoshi Terajima, Azin Soltani and Empar Juanes Sanchis.
The Herert Hofmann Prize is considered the "Oscar of artistic jewellery" and is awarded every year in March. More than 200 jewellery artists, museum curators and gallery owners attended the award ceremony on 2 March 2024.

The Winners of the Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024:
 
  • Takayoshi Terajima, Japan
The artist's portrait is created by an imaging AI and changes every day - based on the most recently entered biographical information. This high-tech image is printed on aluminium, which is then transformed into an ornament using traditional craft techniques, primarily engraving. Its sparkle is reminiscent of traditional jewelry work with precious stones. The oval shape, which has been used for centuries to frame portraits, is also traditional. The portrait is only visible from certain perspectives, which adds to the mystery and playfulness of the object.

Takayoshi Terajima's brooch was recognized for its perfect combination of impeccable craftsmanship, its aesthetics, which is based on a clear concentration and the reduction to a few classical elements.

And not least because of his artistic commitment in a discussion about one of the most important topics in our society: a technological revolution of historic proportions that will challenge our societies more than any technological innovation before. It is about the relationship between artificial intelligence and "creativity", which is of importance for the future development of the arts and crafts, but also goes far beyond this and affects labour markets, business models and our life in general.
 
  • Azin Soltani, Iran
In view of her work, the jury asked itself the fundamental question of what concept of quality we base our assessment of jewelry on. How much attitude to life goes into the design of small objects for our bodies? How far do we go to express our innermost feelings through jewelry? Iranian artist Azin Soltani chooses the formal language of architecture to draw attention to the current situation of global insecurity. A classically set brick hides the view of the liveliness and longing for colour that connects us all. We see the façade and know: Our lives are all too often divided into an outside and an inside.
 
  • Empar Juanes Sanchis, Spain
Under the artist's hand, the raw material seemingly eludes the usual material properties. She makes the material basalt pliable. Her works with stone claim that it takes no effort to work grown stone as if it would never break, as if it would offer no resistance to reveal its inherent beauty. In a transcendence of the material, an elementary volcanic rock finds elegance and unexpected dynamism. The stone appears to adopt the language of form and does not subordinate itself to the formal thinking of our expectations of heaviness.

This year's jury members of
  • Dr Markus Eder, Danner Foundation.
  • Prof Karen Pontoppidan, AdBK Munich.
  • Dr Stefan Kraus, Kolumba Museum Cologne.
  • Andrea Mignucci, jewelry collector, Padua / Costa Rica.
  • QUEEN Lizzy, influencer, musician, activist Munich, London.

The special jewelry show is sponsored by the Danner Foundation. The Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy supports the special show financially. The prize is named after the art historian Herbert Hofmann, who initiated the first international jewellery show at Messe Riem in 1959.
 
Takayoshi Terajima. Brooch: Portrait from 21.02.2023, 2023. Aluminum composite panel, UV direct print, KI photo, stainless steel. 9 x 6.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Takayoshi Terajima. Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024. Takayoshi Terajima
Brooch: Portrait from 21.02.2023, 2023
Aluminum composite panel, UV direct print, KI photo, stainless steel
9 x 6.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Takayoshi Terajima
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024
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Azin Soltani. Brooch: Inside & Outside, 2023. Brick, plaster, silver, stainless steel. 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.8 cm. Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024. Azin Soltani
Brooch: Inside & Outside, 2023
Brick, plaster, silver, stainless steel
5.2 x 5.2 x 1.8 cm
Awarded at: Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024
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Empar Juanes Sanchis: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024..
Empar Juanes Sanchis: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024.

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Takayoshi Terajima: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024..
Takayoshi Terajima: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024.

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 Azin Soltani: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024..
 Azin Soltani: winner of Herbert Hofmann Prize 2024.

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