Friedrich Becker Prize 2017 Exhibition

Exhibition  /  04 Apr 2017  -  07 May 2017
Published: 21.03.2017
Friedrich Becker Prize 2017 Exhibition.
Christiane Weber-Stöber
Momoko Kumai. Bracelet: Twist, 2015 - 2016. Steel, silver, lacquer.. Momoko Kumai
Bracelet: Twist, 2015 - 2016
Steel, silver, lacquer.
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For the Friedrich Becker Prize Düsseldorf 2017, 86 artists from 21 countries competed with their jewelry, hollow and flatware. Independent design in the highest quality of execution as well as the utilization of new materials and techniques were equally as desirable as the handling of classic materials for jewelry, hollow and flatware design.
The jury decided to award this year’s prize to Michael Becker (b.1958 in Paderborn) of Munich. 
In addition to the prize winner, the exhibition presents an additional 42 artists from Germany and abroad.

The jewelry designer Annamaria Zanella of Padua is represented with a notable necklace and a brooch of woven steel with color accents in bright blue. In the titanium brooch by Pavel Opočenský of the Czech Republic, the play with geometric segments and their clever overlapping is the focus. Svenja John of Berlin dedicated herself to the material polycarbonate for her delicately colored, finely detailed bracelet. Silvia Weidenbach from London contrasted 3-D printed nylon and synthetic stones in her colorful brooches. In his necklace of dichroitic glass, the Japanese artist Jiro Kamata from Munich created a lively play of colors, while Momoko Kumai from Yokohama dedicated herself to Japanese lacquer in her spatially conceived bracelets. The Frenchman Philip Sajet utilized fossilized material, amber, for his Sun Ring and gave it a radiance of its own. Bettina Speckner of Munich concerned herself with the theme of aluminum etching, and the Greek artist living in Berlin, Vivi Touloumidi, utilized pumice stone for her brooches and allowed their natural surface texture to produce the effect. In the exhibition, Annelies Planteijdt of The Netherlands presents two gold and tantalum necklaces from her Beautiful City series.

On his aluminum dish, the metal designer Andreas Decker from Hildesheim allowed blossoms in pink and yellow to bloom, their radiance enlivened by their technical refinement. In her vases, Beate Leonards of Lübeck demonstrated an exceptionally interesting handling of anodized aluminum and patinated tombac.

All of the works have an extremely innovative starting point in their designs in common. They demonstrate the possibilities for the handling of new materials in jewelry, hollow- and flatware design.
Michael Becker. Necklace: Untitled, 2015. Gold, Lapis.. Photo by: Uwe Dettmar. Awarded at: Friedrich Becker Prize 2017. Michael Becker
Necklace: Untitled, 2015
Gold, Lapis.
Photo by: Uwe Dettmar
Awarded at: Friedrich Becker Prize 2017
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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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Philip Sajet. Ring: Sun Ring, 2016. Gold, amber.. Philip Sajet
Ring: Sun Ring, 2016
Gold, amber.
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Dana Seachuga. Bracelet: The (Void) Keepers, 2016. Copper. Dana Seachuga
Bracelet: The (Void) Keepers, 2016
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Andreas Decker. Vessel: Bouquet, 2015. Aluminium, lacquer.. Andreas Decker
Vessel: Bouquet, 2015
Aluminium, lacquer.
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Svenja John. Bracelet: Rokkasho, 2016. Polycarbonate, nylon.. Photo by: Uwe Dettmar. Svenja John
Bracelet: Rokkasho, 2016
Polycarbonate, nylon.
Photo by: Uwe Dettmar
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