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Jewellery 1970–2015: Bollmann Collection, Fritz Maierhofer – Retrospective

Exhibition  /  14 Jan 2015  -  29 Mar 2015
Published: 05.01.2015
MAK
Curator:
Heidi Bollmann, Karl Bollmann, Fritz Maierhofer, Elisabeth Schmuttermeie
Management:
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
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Intro
The exhibition Jewellery 1970–2015: Bollmann Collection, Fritz Maierhofer – Retrospective provides an overview of the development of contemporary jewellery within a period of 45 years and affords an international comparison of the diverse artistic positions. The insight into the Bollmann Collection enables the MAK to open its visitors’ eyes to the immense formal variety of contemporary auteur jewellery as well as to encourage them to discover this work for themselves.
From 14 January to 29 March 2015, the MAK is host to an overview of the formal aesthetic and materialspecific wealth of contemporary international jewellery design in the exhibition Jewellery 1970–2015: Bollmann Collection, Fritz Maierhofer – Retrospective. For the first time, the Austrian collectors Heidi and Karl Bollmann are presenting a selection of their jewellery collection, which comprises over 1,000 objects in total. Encompassing some 454 exhibits, this selection features 206 artists from the USA, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, Vietnam, China, and from nearly all European countries.

The second segment of the exhibition contains the oeuvre of Fritz Maierhofer, presented in the MAK for the very first time. An Austrian designer, he is now ranked among the most important jewellery artists internationally. His show includes jewellery and sculptures from the 1960s until the present day. On display are a total of 200 objects, which are characterized by unusual combinations of materials and an avant-garde understanding of jewellery.

Jewellery is considered a status symbol; its material value is mostly a reflection of financial backing by the wearer. Only a small group of interested parties also seeks an artistic expression in jewellery. It is for this reason that, since the mid-1960s, jewellery artists have applied the postulate “artistic freedom” to the jewellery they make. It is hoped that this exhibition will multiply the number of new members of the public and that the diversity of the objects on display will expand the visitors’ imaginations. It will arouse a curiosity and appetite in visitors to wear similar jewellery themselves: their tastes will be guided toward artistic channels. Jewellery created by contemporary artists is meant to accentuate the personality of the wearer, while at the same time emphasizing the artistic intent.

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog JEWELLERY 1970–2015: BOLLMANN COLLECTION, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Elisabeth Schmuttermeier. With a foreword by Christoph Thun- Hohenstein and contributions by Karl Bollmann and Graziella Folchini Grassetto, German/English Expert, hardcover, 144 pages, with ca. 120 color illustrations, MAK Vienna/Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart 2015. Available at the MAK Design Shop and at MAKdesignshop.at.


Expert-Guided Tours:
Sat 24.1.2015, 2 p.m. - Karl Bollmann, Sammler Collector
Tue 17.2.2015, 6 p.m. - Fritz Maierhofer, Schmuckkünstler Jewellery Artist
Sat 28.2.2015, 2 p.m. - Karl Bollmann, Sammler Collector
Tue 17.3.2015, 6 p.m. - Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Kustodin MAK-Sammlung Metall und Wiener-Werkstätte-Archiv Curator, MAK Collection Metal and Wiener Werkstätte Archive
Sat 28.3.2015, 14:00 Uhr 2 p.m. - Karl Bollmann, Sammler Collector
Exhibition view.
Exhibition view

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Fritz Maierhofer. Brooch: Untitled, 2014. Aluminium, silver. 17.5 x 5 cm. Fritz Maierhofer
Brooch: Untitled, 2014
Aluminium, silver
17.5 x 5 cm
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Fritz Maierhofer. Brooch: Untitled, 2014. Aluminium, silver. 19 x 5.3 cm. Fritz Maierhofer
Brooch: Untitled, 2014
Aluminium, silver
19 x 5.3 cm
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