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The Exhibition. Jewellery from 1967 to 2012 by Otto Künzli

Exhibition  /  02 Jul 2014  -  05 Oct 2014
Published: 01.08.2014
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Intro
The mudac is hosting the first major retrospective to be dedicated to that master of contemporary jewellery, Otto Künzli. Demonstrating a wit as sharply honed as his creative skills, the Swiss artist presents more than 300 pieces that illustrate his ingenious and humorous approach to conceptual jewellery.

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Otto Künzli
Otto Künzli revolutionised the art of contemporary jewellery. While respecting its primary function as bodily adornment, Künzli throughout his 45-year career as a creator has consistently broken down its codes, questioned its materials and subverted its symbols. Behind the role of mentor so respected by his pupils lies a mischievous spirit with the audacity to push the boundaries. Thus, he transforms the references of our collective imagination (from the Swiss cross to Mickey Mouse), denounces the pretentions of jewellery («Gold makes us blind,» he says) and overturns the codes of everyday objects (picture frames are turned into necklaces) with his trademark humour and irony.

Set up in close cooperation with the artist, the retrospective is built around the major themes of his life’s work and his travels, both real and imagined. The United States and its obsession with the bottom line, Switzerland and its gold bars, the Australian bush, Japanese lacquer and vapour trails in the sky are leitmotivs that recur throughout the exhibition. In addition, one room is given over to his early work. In a departure from its usual practice, the mudac has decided to look beyond the works themselves, seeking out anecdotes or commentaries for each piece.

Otto Künzli was born in Zurich and now lives, works and teaches in Munich. It was there that, in spring 2013, Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum mounted this retrospective, in association with the mudac, which will host it this summer. The exhibition will then move on to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

Remarks

Press conference with the artist: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 10.30 a.m.
Opening with the artist: Tuesday 1 July 2014, from 6 p.m.
Guided visit: Thursday 3 July 2014, 12.15 p.m.

Design Thursday: an audience with Otto Künzli Thursday 11 September 2014, 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. In English
Family workshops: Sunday 7 September and 5 October 2014, 2.00-4.30 p.m.
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Contact

Media contact 
Danaé Panchaud
t +41 21 315 25 27
danae.panchaud@lausanne.ch
The Exhibition: Jewellery from 1967 to 2012 by Otto Künzli
Marc Devaud
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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
Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013
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