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Geometric Territories: Helfried Kodré Jewels and Sculptures

Exhibition  /  03 Oct 2018  -  31 Oct 2018
Published: 12.07.2018
Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver, gold. 4.8 x 4.8 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver, gold
4.8 x 4.8 cm
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Intro
Hannah Gallery presents Geometric Territories: Helfried Kodré Jewels and Sculptures, a curated selection of jewels and sculptures from 2009 to 2018.

My works do not transport any kind of message; they stand alone, for themselves, and communicate nothing apart from their appearance and workmanship. Thus everyone can find a free, self-determined access to them, one that is not steered by specific conventions into a defined direction.
/ Helfied Kodré

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Helfried Kodré
Transformations: jewels & sculptures by Helfried Kodré.

Helfried Kodré, though born in Graz, Austria, is central to Vienna’s history of modern and contemporary culture. Preceded by major figures like Freud, Klimt, Hoffmann, and Mahler, among others, and joined since the revolution/evolution of studio jewelry beginning in the 1960s by Defner, Heindl, Leitner, Maierhofer, Mossetig, Skubic, and Symon, he is among those artists who were brought into the international public forum by the activities of Barbara Cartlidge’s Electrum Gallery in London (where Kodré exhibited in 1973), and Inge Asenbaum’s Galerie am Graben in Vienna in 1972. Earlier, Kodré was a participant in Jablonec ’68, the first symposium of jewelry artists from the West and East held in Prague. During this time, he collaborated in the atelier of Elisabeth Kodré Defner, with whom he had a professional as well as a personal relationship. His work during those years (1962-1975) revealed an interest in elaborate design influenced by nature and Elisabeth, thus the inclusion of rubies, diamonds, and turquoise to enhance the pieces’ ornamental appearance.
 
A work from this period was documented in Inge
Asenbaum’s collection “Alles Schmuck” exhibited in the Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, in 2000 - revealing an unknown Kodré to me. By chance in January 2015, following the opening of the Bollman collection at MAK, Vienna, an entourage made a midnight visit with Helfried to Elizabeth’s studio, where she opened her safe and brought forth earlier works conceived by Helfried and recently received from one of his private collectors . . . a forgotten history and a confirmed revelation of his past. This moment was preceded by a visit to Helfried’s domain, which was not unlike his current work: precise and uncluttered, demonstrating a respect for clarity and design. Kodré’s sculpture and jewelry were placed with great consideration of their form within his personal environment.
 

 
How did Helfried Kodré travel from rich, highly ornamental works to geometric concerns? After ending his collaborative life with Elisabeth in 1975, he interrupted his studio work to earn a
PhD in art history at the University of Vienna, where he taught for eleven years. In 1992, he returned to his studio as an artist. Kodré’s conviction was to study geometry and understand and realize forms that appear simple but lead to complex designs in which he could combine line, space, and color in his work.
 
His sculpture and jewelry -like the best in modern design- reduce these concepts to their essence. Folded layers of silver reveal fan shapes. Tall silver sentries with geometric gold forms interrupt straight lines. Complex linear lines entangle with each other and are sometimes accented with a turquoise cube. Flat squares of gold, silver, and steel with occasional textured surfaces are folded with great care, expanding the concept of a brooch. He also brings us into new territories with the design of a square ring shank balancing split squares or holding a set topaz like a sentinel guarding a fortress. Precision is central to his work. Kodré has stated that “geometry is my artistic media to transport (or visualize) tension and emotions.”
 
Helfried Kodré created and transported a unique body of jewelry, transforming our initial concepts of brooches, earrings, and rings. Through his art, he reinforces the continuation of the legacy of Vienna as his innovative works
reveal unanticipated geometric forms.
 
/ Helen W. Drutt English, July 1, 2018

 

Hours

Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00 h & from 16:00 to 19:00 h.
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Opening

3 October at 19:30 h.
Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver. 7.6 x 8 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver
7.6 x 8 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver, gold. 7.6 x 8 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver, gold
7.6 x 8 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver, gold. 9.5 x 2 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver, gold
9.5 x 2 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver, gold. 9.5 x 2.5 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver, gold
9.5 x 2.5 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Oxidized silver. 14 x 1.5 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2018
Oxidized silver
14 x 1.5 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2016. Oxidized silver. 13.7 x 1.6 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2016
Oxidized silver
13.7 x 1.6 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Sculpture: Untitled, 2009. Powder coated brass. 15 x 15 x 15. Helfried Kodré
Sculpture: Untitled, 2009
Powder coated brass
15 x 15 x 15
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Helfried Kodré. Sculpture: Untitled, 2009. Oxidized brass. 32.5 x 7.5 x 3 cm. Helfried Kodré
Sculpture: Untitled, 2009
Oxidized brass
32.5 x 7.5 x 3 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Sculpture: Untitled, 2010. Oxidized brass. 29.5 cm. Helfried Kodré
Sculpture: Untitled, 2010
Oxidized brass
29.5 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Sculpture: Untitled, 2011. Brass. 36 cm. Oxidized brass. Helfried Kodré
Sculpture: Untitled, 2011
Brass
36 cm
Oxidized brass
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Helfried Kodré. Sculpture: Untitled, 2008. Oxidized brass. 22 x 20 x 20 cm. Helfried Kodré
Sculpture: Untitled, 2008
Oxidized brass
22 x 20 x 20 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Ruthenium coated silver. 14.3 x 1.5 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Ruthenium coated silver
14.3 x 1.5 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Fan, 2016. Oxidized silver, pigments. 6 x 9 cm. In collaboration with Heidemnarie Herb . Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Fan, 2016
Oxidized silver, pigments
6 x 9 cm
In collaboration with Heidemnarie Herb

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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Fan, 2018. Oxidized silver. 10 x 6 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Fan, 2018
Oxidized silver
10 x 6 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Fan, 2018. Oxidized silver, pigment. 11 x 7 cm. In collaboration with Heidemarie Herb. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Fan, 2018
Oxidized silver, pigment
11 x 7 cm
In collaboration with Heidemarie Herb

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Helfried Kodré. Brooch: Fan, 2016. Oxidazed silver, gold. 10.4 x 5.2 cm. Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Fan, 2016
Oxidazed silver, gold
10.4 x 5.2 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2010. Silver, agate. 3 x 2 x 4 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2010
Silver, agate
3 x 2 x 4 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, travertine, gold, white gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds. 2 x 2 x 4 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, travertine, gold, white gold, rubies, sapphires, diamonds
2 x 2 x 4 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2012. Silver, gold, lapislazuli. 1.8 x 2 x 4 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2012
Silver, gold, lapislazuli
1.8 x 2 x 4 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, agate. 3 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, agate
3 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, lapislazuli. 3.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, lapislazuli
3.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, gold, lapislazuli. 2.8 x 1.7 x 3.6 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, gold, lapislazuli
2.8 x 1.7 x 3.6 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, gold, copper, steel, chrysoprase. 1.7 x 2.4 x 3.6 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, gold, copper, steel, chrysoprase
1.7 x 2.4 x 3.6 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, lapislazuli. 2.2 x 2 x 4.2 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, lapislazuli
2.2 x 2 x 4.2 cm
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Helfried Kodré. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, lapislazuli. 2.2 x 0.8 x 3.8 cm. Helfried Kodré
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, lapislazuli
2.2 x 0.8 x 3.8 cm
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