Mit Eigensinn, Schmuck aus Österreich. Künstlerinnen im Fokus

Exhibition  /  23 Feb 2023  -  02 Jul 2023
Published: 12.01.2023
Mit Eigensinn, Schmuck aus Österreich. Künstlerinnen im Fokus.
Susanne Hammer, Ursula Guttmann
Christianne Weber-Stöber
Theresa Macourek. Brooch: Yuck, 2018. Polymer clay, 925 silver, mixed media.. Photo by: Theresa Macourek. Theresa Macourek
Brooch: Yuck, 2018
Polymer clay, 925 silver, mixed media.
Photo by: Theresa Macourek
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Featuring jewellery items, sculptural and conceptual works by 53 artists, the exhibition and its accompanying publication will provide an intriguing insight into Austrian jewellery creation since the 1970s.

Artist list

AND_i, Eva Afuhs, Elisabeth Altenburg, Andrea Auer, BLESS, Isolde Baumhackl-Oswald, Sonja Bischur, Susanne Blin, Gunda Maria Cancola, Petr Dvorak, Benedikt Fischer, Verena Formanek, Pia Groh, Elisabeth J. Gu. Defner, Ursula Guttmann, Elisabeth Habig, Susanne Hammer, Margit Hart, Brigitte Haubenhofer-Salicites, Anna Heindl, Christian Hoedl, Alexandra Hofer, Paul Iby, Ulrike Johannsen, Beatrix Kaufmann, Michelle Kraemer, Gabriele Kutschera, Brigitte Lang, Erika Leitner, Jacqueline I. Lillie, Andrea MAXA Halmschlager, Gerti Machacek, Theresa Macourek, Doris Maninger, Stephie Morawetz, Martina Mühlfellner, Anita Münz, Viktoria Münzker Ferus, Nadine Pramhas, Konstanze Prechtl, Ulrich Reithofer, Anna Riess, Eva Schmeiser Cadia, Veronika Schwarzinger, Ina Seidl, Claudia Steiner, Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele, Eva Tesarik, Waltrud Viehböck, Birgit Wiesinger, Ulrike Zehetbauer Engelhart, Petra Zimmermann, paula.paul
One focus will lie on the female protagonists of the early days of avant-garde jewellery, as their works are placed in relation to selected positions from the middle and young generations of both sexes. MIT EIGENSINN* Schmuck aus Österreich. Künstlerinnen im Fokus illustrates the multifarious trends within an exciting and diverse jewellery scene as it unfolded in the specific Austrian context, which is characterized, among other things, by the history of the Wiener Werkstätte, the human body as subject and object in the Fine Arts, and the country’s particular training situation.

Under the description author jewellery, jewellery has been an established art form across the world since the late 1960s. Not only is this new concept realized through the use of materials and techniques alien to jewellery, but it also reflects and interprets the socio-cultural and aesthetic trends of its time. One notion is usually foremost, here: jewellery is the medium for a statement. Beyond the purely decorative, pieces of jewelry thus become independent and self-willed objects.

The exhibition aims to bring to life developments that shaped Austria’s jewellery scene as it performs a perspectival shift: the exhibition and its accompanying publication demonstrate how female artists have considerably co-determined the much-noticed happenings in Austria’s avant-garde jewellery scene, and this is clearly not only based on their works, but also in their influence on subsequent generations of jewellery creators.

The initiator of the exhibition is Gabriele Kutschera with Susanne Hammer and Ursula Guttmann as curators.
The exhibition catalogue has come out at Arnoldsche Art Publishers and can be purchased at the Goldsmiths’ House for 28 €.

* A reference to the exhibition Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn. Aktuelle Kunst von Frauen, 1985 at the Museum of the 20th century in Vienna.
AND_i. Head Piece: Defender, 2015. Anodized aluminium, elastic band.. Photo by: Irina Gavrich. From series: Public Enemy. AND_i
Head Piece: Defender, 2015
Anodized aluminium, elastic band.
Photo by: Irina Gavrich
From series: Public Enemy
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Stephie Morawetz. Necklace: 69718469741851392000, 2014. Artificial stone and magnets.. Photo by: Manuel Ocana. From series: Das Kontrollierte Chaos. Stephie Morawetz
Necklace: 69718469741851392000, 2014
Artificial stone and magnets.
Photo by: Manuel Ocana
From series: Das Kontrollierte Chaos
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Verena Formanek. Brooch: Untitled, 1987. Anodised aluminium, ball bearing. Photo by: Verena Formanek. From series: Kugellagerbroschen. Produced: 1982 - 1987. Verena Formanek
Brooch: Untitled, 1987
Anodised aluminium, ball bearing
Photo by: Verena Formanek
From series: Kugellagerbroschen
Produced: 1982 - 1987

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Benedikt Fischer. Brooch: Pearly Whites, 2020. Shell, mother of pearl, sculpey, remanium.. From series: Pearly Whites. Benedikt Fischer
Brooch: Pearly Whites, 2020
Shell, mother of pearl, sculpey, remanium.
From series: Pearly Whites
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Petra Zimmermann. Bangle: Untitled, 2018. Historical chain-mail pouch, polymethyl methacrylate, silver.. Petra Zimmermann
Bangle: Untitled, 2018
Historical chain-mail pouch, polymethyl methacrylate, silver.
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Waltrud Viehböck. Pendant: Mesh pendant, 1987. Wire mesh of chrome nickel steel, bronze. Photo by: Eric Asamoah. Waltrud Viehböck
Pendant: Mesh pendant, 1987
Wire mesh of chrome nickel steel, bronze
Photo by: Eric Asamoah
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Konstanze Prechtl. Necklace: FunFan-Flow, 2019. Printed linien, wood, cotton, paint.. Konstanze Prechtl
Necklace: FunFan-Flow, 2019
Printed linien, wood, cotton, paint.
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Beatrix Kaufmann. Object: Hook & Loop, 2009. Polyamide, nylon rivets. Photo by: Beatrix Kaufmann. Throwable object. Beatrix Kaufmann
Object: Hook & Loop, 2009
Polyamide, nylon rivets
Photo by: Beatrix Kaufmann

Throwable object

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