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Otto Künzli: The Exhibition

Exhibition  /  09 Mar 2013  -  07 Apr 2013
Published: 06.02.2013
Die Neue Sammlung
Otto Künzli. Brooch: Heart, 1985. Hardfoam, red lacquer. 9,5 x 9 x 4,5 cm. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Brooch: Heart, 1985
Hardfoam, red lacquer
9,5 x 9 x 4,5 cm
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
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Intro
In the 45-odd years in which he has been addressing the topic of jewelry, Otto Künzli has carved out for himself a quite unique position of far-reaching international influence not only as an artist and a pioneer, but also as an author and mentor.

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Otto Künzli
Born 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, Otto Künzli is widely considered to be “one of the most intelligent makers in the jewelry world and also one of the most sceptical.” (Ralph Turner). He has revolutionized modern jewelry art.

In the 45-odd years in which he has been addressing the topic of jewelry, Otto Künzli has carved out for himself a quite unique position of far-reaching international influence not only as an artist and a pioneer, but also as an author and mentor. Otto Künzli’s works are based on complex reflection, conceptual and visual imagination. The result: objects with a clear, minimalist appearance, captivatingly crafted to perfection, and highly visible – jewelry that adorns and at the same time possesses an autonomous aesthetic status of its own.

The exhibition of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich (a museum run by the Free State of Bavaria) – will premier in the Schaustelle of Pinakothek der Moderne, and is being realized in close cooperation with the artist. It includes around 150-200 objects and groups of objects from the artist’s various creative phases. This not only includes the jewelry items but also interdisciplinary conceptual works in the areas of photography and installation. By looking back, providing future perspectives and considering where jewelry stands today, the exhibition is essentially the first retrospective of Otto Künzli’s highly diverse work.
Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung and Danner Stiftung, Muenchen
Otto Künzli. Piece: Kiki – Beauty Gallery, 1984. Cibachrome PS. 75 x 62,5 cm. Photo by: © VG BildKunst. Otto Künzli
Piece: Kiki – Beauty Gallery, 1984
Cibachrome PS
75 x 62,5 cm
Photo by: © VG BildKunst
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Otto Künzli. Pendant: Moon, 2010. Mdf, alcyl-linol-paint (Falun yellow), cord. 7,5 x 11,7 x 0,4 cm. Edition of 40 Multiples
. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Pendant: Moon, 2010
Mdf, alcyl-linol-paint (Falun yellow), cord
7,5 x 11,7 x 0,4 cm
Edition of 40 Multiples
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013

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Otto Künzli. Bracelet: Gold Makes Blind, 1980. Gold, rubber. Photo by: © VG BildKunst. Otto Künzli
Bracelet: Gold Makes Blind, 1980
Gold, rubber
Photo by: © VG BildKunst
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Otto Künzli. Brooch: Schraubbrosche, 1979. Gold. Ø 2,2 cm. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Brooch: Schraubbrosche, 1979
Gold
Ø 2,2 cm
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
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Otto Künzli. Shoulder Piece: 1492 - When Mickey Mouse was Born, 1992. Silicate, hard foam. 6 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Shoulder Piece: 1492 - When Mickey Mouse was Born, 1992
Silicate, hard foam
6 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
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Otto Künzli. Brooch: Black House & Gold House, 1985. Formica, steel. 5,2 x 4,3 x 5,7 cm; gold, 3 x 2,5 x 3,3 cm. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Brooch: Black House & Gold House, 1985
Formica, steel
5,2 x 4,3 x 5,7 cm; gold, 3 x 2,5 x 3,3 cm
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
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Otto Künzli. Ring: Catoptric, 1988. Gold, mirror glass. 3,9 x 3,7 x 0,14 cm. Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013. Otto Künzli
Ring: Catoptric, 1988
Gold, mirror glass
3,9 x 3,7 x 0,14 cm
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